Michael Lord (Partner)
Michael has a combination of business, legal, and executive search experience that adds considerable depth to the services he provides. [Read More]
Before founding legal search firm Lord Gurman & Lewis (and its predecessor firm) in 2002, Michael worked for several years at one of New York’s veteran attorney placement firms. He previously was a member of the twelve-person Board of Directors of the National Association of Legal Search Consultants (NALSC), the leading trade association in the attorney search industry. Michael is still active in NALSC and is also involved in the New York State and Fairfield County (CT) Bar Associations, the Syracuse University Law Alumni Association, and the Lake Club of Wilton, Connecticut.
Michael is a sought-after commentator on legal hiring trends. He has been quoted in Crain’s New York Business, The AmLaw Daily, The Connecticut Law Tribune, Legal Week, Corporate Counsel Magazine, The Real Deal, IA Week, Institutional Investor’s Compliance Reporter and The Art and Science of Legal Recruiting. Topics covered in these publications include law firm break ups, compensation matters, associate hiring, and attorney retention. He has also participated at partner retreats to discuss recruiting related issues and challenges.
Because of his experience and reputation, Michael has been retained as an expert witness. Michael has testified or given his opinion in both federal and state court litigations and an arbitration in connection with earning potential, employability, and customary practices within the attorney search industry.
Michael holds a B.A. from Emory University, where he played varsity tennis, and a J.D. from Syracuse University, where he was an Executive Editor of the Syracuse Law Review. Before entering the legal search field, Michael spent nearly a decade as an attorney with law firms in New York and Connecticut. Earlier in his career, Michael was on the finance staff of a U.S. Senate Campaign and worked at a public relations firm.
Michael is married and has two adult sons. Outside of the office, Michael coaches tennis at New Canaan High School and volunteers for Norwalk/Stamford Grassroots Tennis and Education, a non-profit organization which helps kids. Michael thinks resiliency is one of the most important attributes in a candidate. [Close]
Andrew Gurman (Partner)
Andrew has 16 years of legal recruiting experience and focuses on the placement of associates, counsel, and partners at law firms and corporations. [Read More]
He has made 370 placements: in litigation, matrimonial/family law, labor and employment, bankruptcy, corporate, real estate, antitrust, ERISA litigation/compliance, insurance, product liability, intellectual property, criminal defense, civil rights, leveraged finance, regulatory compliance, internet law, and legal-adjacent positions. A Harvard Law graduate, he serves as Chair of the Harvard Club of NYC’s Lawyers Group.
Andrew works with law firm and corporate clients on exclusive and non-exclusive searches, including with start-ups and small and mid-sized entities. He has consistently achieved success on challenging, exclusive searches involving limited pools of qualified candidates. Andrew helps attorneys considering career transitions by providing them with market information, reviewing résumés, presenting appropriate opportunities, preparing candidates for interviews, and negotiating offers. A few examples of successful engagements include placing an in-house attorney in a General Counsel and Vice President position with a manufacturing and retail company, an Assistant U.S. Attorney and a BigLaw litigation associate with a small litigation boutique, a matrimonial partner with a 30-attorney full-service boutique, a law firm associate in an in-house compliance position with a private equity company, a top-three law firm corporate associate with a full-service boutique, a BigLaw litigation associate with another BigLaw international law firm, a BigLaw labor and employment associate with a 100-attorney full-service boutique, a leveraged finance attorney with a start-up corporation, and a Director of Business Strategy with a mid-sized law firm.
Andrew served as a member of the Career Advancement and Management Committee of the NYC Bar Association and has moderated panels on effective interviewing, law firm and litigation career paths, lateral moves, in-house career paths, and hot practice areas. He has spoken on several other panels regarding interviewing, sensitive recruiting situations, strategies for working with recruiters, effective online job search, the legal job market, networking, and legal careers. He has had several articles published, including The Unforgiving Market on the NYC Bar website; the The Illusion of Attorney Job Security and Practical Implications and In-House Counsel Financial Sector Career Paths (Panel Report) on inhouseblog.com; and contributed to Points To Ponder Before Using A Recruiter, which was published in the Connecticut Law Tribune. He also serves as Treasurer of the Fair Trade Chamber Music Society, and he interviews Yale College applicants on behalf of the Yale Alumni Schools Committee.
Before recruiting, Andrew was an employment law associate with Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLC in New York; and a law clerk to Judge John C. Lifland, U.S.D.J., D.N.J. Andrew earned his B.A., summa cum laude, in Psychology from Yale University in 1998 and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2001.
Andrew lives with his wife, sons, and cat in Manhattan, and enjoys podcasts (including “My First Million,” “Tim Ferris Show,” “Founders,” “Found My Fitness,” “Rational Reminder,” and “The Drive”), contemporary and old classical music; tennis; spicy foods; and reading and learning about investments, health/longevity, science, entrepreneurship, and psychology. Andrew thinks that a good eye for detail is one of the most important attributes in a candidate. [Close]
Jon Lewis (Partner)
Jon handles placements in various areas of expertise, including intellectual property, corporate, tax, bankruptcy and real estate. [Read More]
He places both associate and partner level candidates at small, mid-size and large firms, as well as in-house. With 35 years of combined experience as a practicing attorney and a legal recruiter, Jon has a broad perspective that he brings to bear on behalf of both clients and candidates alike.
Jon graduated at the top of his class from Wesleyan University, and received his J.D. from Yale Law School. He then spent four years as a trademark/litigation associate at a mid-sized general practice firm and an intellectual property boutique in New York. In 1990, he began a nine-year tenure as an in-house trademark attorney at a Fortune 500 company, Joseph E. Seagram & Sons, Inc. He became a legal recruiter in 1999, and joined the predecessor firm to Lord Gurman & Lewis in 2009.
Jon has authored articles on a variety of topics relating to the process of legal recruitment, ranging from big-picture issues (such as the advantages/disadvantages of in-house positions and career path mistakes to avoid) to more focused topics (such as interview preparation and conflicts/reference checks). He is a regular attendee at Yale Law School Alumni and New Haven Bar Association events.
When not working, Jon enjoys sports (both real and fantasy) and spending time with his wife and son. He also lays claim to the unofficial title of “World’s Biggest Dog Lover.” Jon thinks reliability is one of the most important attributes in a candidate. [Close]