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Specialized Search Expertise & Legal Knowledge

Our recruiters offer an average of more than 30 years of experience in legal recruitment and legal executive search. As a result, we understand the importance of hiring the right lawyer to deliver legal services within an organization.This depth of experience also helps us better work with candidates to clearly identify their interests and match them with your needs. Our years of specialization and focus on legal executive search gives us access to an extensive network of contacts in the legal profession and first-hand knowledge on how to attract the best legal talent to your company.

A Vast Network of Resources

Over the years we have developed strong relationships with hundreds of lawyers in corporations and law firms across the country. Our database is extensive, but we don't rely on it alone. Every search we do is customized to our clients' needs. Our process is designed to draw out people who are successful in their current position, not actively seeking a new one, but who can be convinced to consider a new opportunity when it is presented by an articulate agent.

An Intensive Candidate Screening Process

We work hard to intimately know both our client and the candidates we present to them in order to provide the best match for your business. We conduct a thorough candidate screening and assessment process that is the most detailed in the executive search field. Our process helps ensure that you see only those candidates whose background, talent and goals are the right fit for your organization.


We Find the Right Fit

We work to truly understand your business - its operation, structure and culture - in order to create successful client/candidate matches that stand the test of time. We are consultative in every search. We will provide honest feedback in order to ensure that your search parameters are both realistic, in terms of what the market offers, and specific enough to attract the best candidates for your organization.


We work collaboratively, so you get our team's best thinking, not just one individual's candidate roster, and we see a search through to the end. We don't receive our final payment until the candidate has accepted your offer.

Trusted Advisor

We offer personalized attention that larger search firms can't match, along with expertise that the smaller firms don't possess. With Early Cochran & Olson, you get the best of both worlds – individualized attention, specialized expertise, and over 30 years of industry knowledge. Every search we work on is supported by a collaborative environment that brings together the best minds of our team.


With Early Cochran & Olson by your side, you get peace of mind. We are your trusted advisors.

We further relationships by assuring client satisfaction in finding leaders for leaders. Our clients have included the following:

  • Aon plc

  • Aon Hewitt

  • Barton Brands

  • BASF Corporation

  • Beam Suntory

  • Bechtel Corporation

  • Brown-Forman Corporation

  • Cetera Financial Group

  • Delaval

  • Diageo, PLC

  • Duchossois Industries Inc.

  • Entergy Corporation

  • Ferro Industries

  • ​Fortune Brands

  • General Electric Company

  • General Housewares

  • General Mills, Inc.

  • Guggenheim Partners

  • Hamilton Beach/Proctor-Silex

  • Herman-Miller

  • Hunter Defense

  • International Paper

  • International Rectifier

  • Koch Industries Inc

  • KPMG

  • Limited Brands

  • ​Mead Corporation

  • Midas International

  • Mizkan America, Inc.

  • Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company

  • Navigant

  • NBC

  • Neenah Enterprises

  • Newell Rubbermaid

  • Old Republic International Corporation

  • Payless ShoeSource, Inc.​

  • Pella Corporation

  • Raytheon Company

  • Rohm & Haas

  • Ruth's Hospitality Group

  • S.C. Johnson

  • Snap-on Incorporated

  • Sony/BMG

  • SPX Corporation

  • T.C. Transcontinental, Inc.

  • TreeHouse Foods, Inc.

  • Tyson Foods

  • United Stationers, Inc.

  • The University of Illinois

  • Viant, Inc.

  • WIlsonArt

  • W.W. Grainger

  • YUM! Brands, Inc.

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