"I appreciated that Mark cared about finding the right fit for me and my situation. He really works to understand your priorities and your practice. He spent years patiently working with me. He is someone I trust and respect and who I would recommend without hesitation to anyone that is potentially making a move now or in the future.
-- Marc Morley, Partner, Mintz Levin
"Mark, proved over approximately a six month period assisting my search to be highly professional with identifying the best firm for my practice. He coordinated meetings with a number of select firms allowing me to continue to practice without significant interruption to client work. Once I had narrowed the field of suitable firms Mark was insightful as to market knowledge and excellent to review both process and expectations. He never pressed a decision from me when offers were. I have joined a great law firm that offers me the opportunity and growth in my career. I would be happy to recommend him to others."
-- Simon T. Adams, Partner, Nossaman
"Throughout my transition to Jeffer Mangels, Mark Davis played a critical role in educating me about the lateral process in general, and the particulars of finding the right firm for me. Mark worked diligently to get me the information I needed on a timely basis, to help me make this important career decision."
-- Kerry Shapiro, Partner, Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Marmaro LLP
“Mark Davis assisted me in my move to Seyfarth's San Francisco office—a move that has had a profound and positive effect on both my professional and personal life. I could recount all of Mark's extraordinary abilities as a recruiter, but his skill and experience are self-evident from his resume and his glowing recommendations. I will note, however, that Mark's knowledge of the local firms made interviewing an efficient, educated, and easy experience. Further, his devotion to help me find my future professional "home" was tireless and unparalleled. Put simply, because of Mark's help, I have reaffirmed that I love practicing law. And, as an added bonus, my move has resulted in exponential growth in my book of business. I could not recommend a better assistant in the lateral process.”
-- Gina Ferrari, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw
“After spending over 20 years at one law firm, the decision to make a change was a serious one that required much careful thought and analysis. Mark Davis provided me with key information concerning my options at the firms of consequence in my region that was helpful, interesting and oftentimes surprising. He skillfully managed a number of opportunities for me that ultimately led to multiple offers. Mark then assisted me in determining the best match for my practice. I highly recommend his services to any attorney who feels their situation could be improved upon."
-- Jess Bressi, Partner, Dentons
"I spoke with several recruiters about my desire to move to San Diego. Mark was heads and shoulders above the others in terms of his market knowledge and personal contacts in San Diego. Moreover, he invested his time to find the right placement for me and created (not merely identified) opportunities, which is rare in the business. I highly recommend Mark to any legal professional considering making a move to or within San Diego." -- Jeff Rector, Partner, Sheppard Mullin
"I spent 18 years at my former firm and never took a 'cold' call from a recruiter, but I am glad I did so with Mark. He knew exactly what the right 'fit' was and didn't bother me with firms where he knew there wouldn't be any interest on my end. He knew Nossaman was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me and I'm glad I pursued it. Moreover, Mark gave very good practical advice during the interview process."
-- Douglas Schwartz, Partner, Nossaman
"Upon hearing a thumbnail sketch of my many years of practice, Mark Davis immediately connected me with the right firm. That instantaneous awareness is the distinguishing characteristic."
-- Richard Reinis, Partner, Steptoe & Johnson
“It is with great pleasure that I wholeheartedly recommend the services of Mark Davis. I had never worked with a recruiter before and I was not actively looking to make a move; however, Mark immediately came across as professional, knowledgeable and well connected, and he had obviously done his homework before contacting me with a lateral opportunity that peaked my interest. Over the following three weeks it took to finalize the deal, Mark was a constant and close adviser. He remained at all times very accessible and responsive, and he provided me with a wealth of advice about the interviewing process and how to evaluate the offer. And, almost equally important to me, he gave me solid advice on how to handle the transition in a manner that gave me the best opportunity to preserve a good relationship with my prior firm. Mark, I am extremely grateful for your assistance in helping me make a good career decision.”
-- Nicholas White, Partner, Musick Peeler
“Throughout my transition to Allen Matkins, Mark's intimate knowledge of the relevant firms that met my personal and professional criteria was extremely helpful. He was seemingly always available during the process to answer questions and ensure that my goals and objectives for the transition were fully met.”
-- Monica Quinn, Partner, Allen Matkins
Working with Mark, you not only get the opportunity to interview with the best law firms of your own choosing, but you will know everythingthere is to know about the firm, its history, the partners you will be interviewing with and everything you need to make up your mind. I found that kind of inside information extremely valuable in making my decision. Mark's knowledge of the firms I wanted to pursue made it seem like he had worked in all of those firms his entire life. He goes way beyond simply getting you in the door. He makes sure that you are fully prepared and get what you want. I have recommended Mark to every single attorney who has ever thought of transitioning.
-- Mark Angert, Partner, Solomon Ward
"As a thirty year attorney in big and small firms, I strongly recommend Mark Davis as a representative. Mark took the time to identify my practice and together we selected specific targets that were strategic to my professional goals. Where a prospect was not the right fit, we redirected our efforts towards more suitable candidates. He was not just interested in a pay check, he was interested in helping me secure a new firm for my practice."
-- Harley Bjelland, Partner, Nossaman
“Over the 16 years I have practiced law, I have received many, many phone calls from recruiters that claim to know my practice and opportunities that would be right for me. Of course, their knowledge usually turned out to be nothing more than what is listed on my website. You were very different from the beginning. You took the time to review my resume and speak to me in detail about which aspects of my job I wanted to pursue should an appropriate opportunity arise. I must say, you nailed it! Thank you for the outstanding assistance that you provided me in my move from Manatt Phelps to Keller & Heckman. As we’ve known each other for a few years, I appreciate your patience, integrity, discretion and market knowledge that were essential to getting my transaction done effectively and efficiently, but more importantly, finding the job that fits me perfectly. If you need a positive reference in the course of your future work I’d be happy to provide one.”
-- Michelle Gillette, Partner, Mintz Levin
“Mark assisted me in my move to Duane Morris. He coached me carefully (and tirelessly) through the process of information exchange, negotiations and closure. Mark's insights, guidance and relationships made the move smooth and easy. His dedication to his client was evident at every stage. Great job, Mark!”
-- Keith Zakarin, Partner, Duane Morris
"I enthusiastically recommend Mark Davis to any lawyer considering a job change. Though the usual facts and figures (hours and origination) had to be considered, Mark focused on my unique qualities and then presented me to possible firms. Mark determined my needs and wants and made sure that potential firms fit them. As a former "big firm" attorney who had spent a dozen years in my own small firm, firm culture and resources were very important to me. I needed a firm with expertise in areas outside of my principal practice area to better serve my clients, and Mark was very helpful (and patient) in determining this. Finally, for several years, I served on my firm's hiring committee and have dealth with many headhunters. I can honestly say that Mark is solidly in the first tier.
-- Kenneth Perkins, Partner Musick Peeler
"Mark Davis, I'm writing to thank you again for your assistance in placing me as a partner at McDermott, Will & Emery. You managed to identify the perfect firm for my skills and interests, and were able to negotiate a partnership package I never thought possible. Your skill, ethics, and professionalism during the 5-month process were invaluable. This has been a wonderful career move for me, and your comprehensive knowledge of McDermott, as well as competing firms and my former employer, was a real asset. I am extremely grateful for your careful and intelligent guidance through a long but extremely satisfying process."
-- David Bloch, Partner, McDermott, Will & Emery
“Mark, thanks for the excellent counsel you provided in my transition. Your integrity, market knowledge and wisdom were extremely helpful in getting the transaction done efficiently and effectively. If you ever need a positive reference, I would be delighted to provide one."
-- Tony Toronto, Partner, Sheppard Mullin
“I am pleased to recommend the services of Mark Davis. After a detailed discussion about what would add value to my career he proposed some ideas that made good sense. He handled the recruitment process diligently and professionally and worked with me to ensure that all of my concerns were satisfied and worked hard to close the deal. The transition took less than two months and has been a worthwhile one for me and my new company. I wholeheartedly recommend Mark’s services to any individual or firm."
-- Ed Kreusser, Vice President, Intellectual Property and Legal Affairs, Osmetech
“Mark Davis provided me with valuable and timely insight during my lateral process, oftentimes bringing up important issues and considerations that weren’t immediately apparent. I’m grateful to have had the chance to work with him and would encourage other attorneys who are looking to improve the employment circumstances to seek his advice and counsel.”
-- Stuart Katz, Associate, Manatt
"Mark was instrumental in guiding me through the lateral process. He quickly earned my trust, was always available to discuss my options, and made sure that I had the information I needed to accept the offer that was right for me. Thanks, Mark."
-- Kirk Hornbeck, Associate, Hunton & Williams
"Mark got me multiple job offers, and ultimately landed me a job that far surpassed my expectations. He did not just set up interviews, but also provided valuable guidance."
-- Gray Buccigross, Associate, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hamptom
“Mark Davis is one of the best recruiters I have ever worked with. He helped me navigate the lateral process and provided valuable insight into the firms I was considering. He took time to explore all my options and truly cared about finding me a firm that fit my needs. The information he provided helped me make an informed decision and lateral to a firm that is a good fit for me.”
-– Alexis Garcha, Associate, McDermott Will & Emery
"Being able to rely on Mark’s expertise during my lateral move was essential to the process, to say the least. Mark has unparalleled access to the who’s who in the legal world--within a single afternoon, he had lined up half a dozen prestigious national firms who were interested in meeting me, and those were only the beginning. When it came to narrowing down the choices, Mark's advice was pivotal as well. Candidly interested in the candidate’s best interest, and knowing how to ask the right questions, Mark helped me make the best decision. Looking back today, I am confident that I made the right choice, and I also know that I owe Mark for it. I recommend Mark without hesitation."
-- Michael Guntersdorfer, Associate, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
“I've never worked with a recruiter before and I wasn't looking to move. But Mark Davis somehow knew what would peak my interest. And he anticipated my hesitations, which he addressed by educating me about the process. Mark worked effectively to get me the information I needed to make the right decision for myself.”
-- Ruchicka Agrawal, Associate, Morrison Foerster
"For talented associates, changing law firms is a significant career move that requires the utmost care and consideration. Mark was an important and invaluable part of my move. He was interested and involved, did not waste my time, and focused his search based on my professional goals. My move, which Mark brokered, has been a successful one."
-- Jonathan Braunstein, Associate, Seyfarth Shaw