Amicus Search
The Right Placements in the Right Places
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Passion. Experience. Diligence.

About Us.

We are attorney recruiters with decades of experience in placing expert attorneys within the most coveted law firms and corporations. Founded in 2004 by two of Texas’ most experienced and successful legal recruiters, Amicus consistently ranks as the top legal search firm in each of the three markets in which it has offices – Houston, Dallas and Austin.

We know Texas lawyers and Texas lawyers know Amicus. For our law firm clients, we recruit partners and associates from other law firms. We have opened offices in Texas for national law firms entering the Texas market, recruited intact practice groups for others firms, and brokered substantial practice group migrations. With a 90% retention rate after 3 years of placement (more than double the national average), the return on our clients’ investment in our candidates is superb.

For our corporate clients, we are proud of our success in placing General Counsels, Chief Legal Officers, Associate General Counsels and numerous other in-house attorneys. Nearly all of our corporate engagements are direct referrals from our law firm clients.

We firmly believe that we are nothing without the trust of the individual attorneys whom we serve. As we have always done, we welcome all inquiries and will provide honest, timely and accurate information to all attorneys who seek our counsel.


Get in touch

We at Amicus know that finding the right recruiter is a choice not to be taken lightly. We strive to understand completely out clients’ objectives, meet frequently with our clients, and offer and invite meaningful feedback throughout the engagement to ensure timely and effective results.

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The Amicus Team

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Alysa Schildcrout

As an attorney recruiter, Alysa specializes in the placement of partners, practice groups, acquisitions, and management level in-house counsel. In addition, Alysa has improved the lives of hundreds of law firm partners by placing them in highly coveted roles throughout Texas. In addition to her legal practice, Alysa spends a considerable amount of time advising Energy companies and their executive management teams on strategic hiring decisions. Having placed many senior executives in broad-based energy companies, Alysa has a keen understanding what it takes to be successful in a very dynamic environment.

Alysa graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1989 with a degree in finance and accounting. While at the University of Oklahoma, Alysa was a member of the Big 8 champion gymnastics team and varsity letter winner while on a full scholarship. Upon graduation, she then practiced in public accounting at Deloitte & Touche. Following public accounting, she received her MBA from Texas Tech University in 1994. Alysa has been involved in the recruiting industry since 1996.

When not helping clients find stellar talent and traveling the country for tennis tournaments, she enjoys spending time with her family, husband Andrew, daughter Jordan, twin sons Jacob and Joshua, their five dogs; one 16 year chocolate lab, Goliath, and their four golden retrievers, Ginger, Maggie, Bentley and Duncan.

Office: Dallas, TX & Houston, TX


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Lee Allbritton, Esq.

A native Texan, Lee Allbritton has been engaged in the attorney search and legal recruiting industry since 1997. After leaving the private practice of law where he worked for both a national, AmLaw 100 law firm, as well as a well-known Houston trial boutique, Lee desired to use his legal skills in a different manner. He found in legal recruiting the opportunity to make a real difference in individuals’ lives while continuing to communicate, both verbally and in writing, at the highest level of advocacy.

Over the course of his career, Lee has been responsible for the recruitment and placement of over 1,000 attorneys, including scores of law firm partners, “of counsel” and associates, as well as numerous General Counsels, Associate General Counsels, and other in-house attorneys. Lee’s clients include elite, global law firms; regionally dominant full-service law firms; and practice specific boutique firms throughout Texas.

Lee resides in Austin, but is frequently in Amicus’ Houston and Dallas offices. Outside of the office, Lee and his family enjoy hiking, kayaking and otherwise enjoying the rivers and lakes of the Texas Hill Country. Lee also serves on the Board of the Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program, a non-profit organization that provides legal representation to low-income citizens.

Lee is a 1989 honors graduate of the University of Virginia and 1993 cum laude graduate of the University of Houston Law Center.

Office: Austin, TX & Houston, TX


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Mike Danforth

Mike joins Amicus with a long history of success at his own legal search firm. Prior to his career in legal search, Mike was involved in consulting with Booz Allen Hamilton and KPMG Peat Marwick.

He has also served as President of a multi-faceted manufacturing / retail operation and was Vice President and Secretary of a major cosmetics firm. Mike has done graduate work in psychology in addition to holding a Bachelors degree. He was named #1 in serving the legal profession in John Sibbald’s The Career Makers.



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Eric Girard

As a Senior Search Consultant with Amicus, Eric brings 15 years of experience practicing in Texas, first with Gardere Wynne & Sewell and, more recently, as the Assistant General Counsel for Highland Capital, a Dallas-based, SEC-Registered investment advisor.

Eric specializes in placing partners and practice groups with a variety of private firms, ranging from elite, global law firms, to practice-specific boutique firms in Dallas, Houston and Austin. Eric’s broad-based legal experience makes him uniquely qualified to serve both his clients and candidates by bringing a thorough understanding of the diverse skill sets required to be successful in either private practice or in-house, thus ensuring his clients are provided the ideal candidate, while also giving the candidate confidence that the only roles for which they will be recommended align with the candidate’s express wishes.

Eric grew up in Austin and has lived and worked in Dallas since 1996. Prior to law school, Eric spent eight years in the United States Marine Corps Reserve.

In his spare time, Eric enjoys spending time with his wife, Lisa, daughters, Isabella and Ava, and son, Jack.



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Catherine McGee

For Catherine McGee, the importance of her role in facilitating life-changing decisions through the recruiting process is synonymous with her personal belief in the importance of giving back to the community.  Nothing makes her happier than to see her efforts come to fruition through a great match for lawyers and either a firm or an organization.   She has proven that with extra time spent on the front end in getting to know her candidates’ personal story, motivations and career goals, she can focus in on the factors that truly contribute to a beneficial and long-lasting fit for both candidates and clients.  

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Catherine moved to Oklahoma City at a young age and stayed there through law school, graduating from Oklahoma City University in 1989 with a B.S., cum laude, and from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1992.   

Prior to recruiting, Catherine spent 18 years practicing in commercial and toxic tort litigation in Dallas, Texas.  She has worked for several firms, including Godwin Gruber, now known as Godwin, Bowman & Martinez and Crouch & Ramey, now known as Kilpatrick, Townsend & Stockton.   Prior to practicing law, Catherine was a staff accountant for two years in the tax department of Ernst & Young, preparing individual tax returns for high net worth clients and equalizations for expatriate employees of the firm’s clients.  

Outside of work, Catherine enjoys spending quality time with her family and their pets; a Catahoula mix named Castle, a domestic longhaired kitty named Lily, and a very tenacious fish, Moose.  She also enjoys reading widely, seeing movies, engaging in outdoor activity such as snow-skiing, hiking, and water-skiing, and attending local theater productions.



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Megan Penrod

As a Senior Search Consultant, Megan specializes in placing partners and associates with global and regional law firms, practice-specific boutique firms, and in-house counsel roles throughout Texas. Early in her legal career, Megan discovered a passion for recruiting and placement. Utilizing her legal background along with her natural ability to connect with people, she works with associates and partners to navigate lateral transitions.

Megan grew up in Kansas City and attended the University of Kansas where she studied strategic communications. She is a 2012 graduate of the Saint Louis University School of Law where she obtained a certificate in health law through their top rated health law studies program, involving a full-time legal externship in Washington D.C. Megan has lived and worked in Houston since 2013.

She now lives in Austin, and works frequently out of Amicus’ Houston office. 



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Amanda Pickering

A Veteran law firm recruiter with deep Texas roots, Amanda specializes in placing partners and associates with global and regional law firms, practice-specific boutique firms and in-house counsel roles throughout Texas.

A Dallas native, Amanda graduated from Texas A&M University in 2008 with a degree in Business & Communications. Over the past decade, she has recruited for three international law firms in Dallas. With this background and experience, she is thrilled to connect with attorneys and help them navigate their search for a better opportunity in their legal career.

Her husband, Doug a local BBQ pitmaster & chef, and their red lab, Pumpkin, are expecting their first child in June.

Over the past ten years, Amanda has been very involved in several Dallas organizations and non-profits. One thing she enjoys most is getting to help others – whether in the Dallas community or attorneys across the US. This is part of why she enjoys recruiting at Amicus.



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Ruby Prasad Srivastava

Ruby Prasad Srivastava is a seasoned attorney recruiter with over 15 years of experience in placing partners, associates and in-house counsel.

Ruby was born in India and raised in Houston, Texas. She moved to Dallas and graduated with honors from University of Texas at Dallas, where she was a Student Ambassador, and a member of the UTD Women’s Soccer Team.  After graduating from Southern Methodist School of Law, Ruby practiced law as an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Dallas.  She also serves as Adjunct Faculty at Dallas County Community College. During her free time, Ruby enjoys running 5Ks and half marathons, coaching her son’s soccer team and playing tennis with her daughter.  She enjoys gardening, painting and traveling with her family.



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Miriam Wright

Miriam joined Amicus Solutions with a decade of recruiting experience from international and boutique recruiting firms. At Amicus Solutions, Miriam specializes in working with law firms and corporations in providing permanent and temporary placement of all legal support staff. Miriam draws upon her experience to provide customized service to Amicus candidates.

Miriam graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with a Bachelor of Government and Politics.




Sharon Rowe

Sharon joined Amicus in 2013. She brings twenty five years of experience in office management, administration and accounting. Her experience is a combined result of working for BP Oil & Gas Exploration, Bickel & Brewer, and several architect firms. Now, she adds six years supporting the legal recruiters of Amicus. As Amicus Office Manager, Sharon enjoys combining her management, accounting and organizational skills with her human resource experience in support of our recruiters, so they can do what they do best helping our clients.

A native Texan, Sharon was born and raised in Dallas. In her free time, she enjoys trips to Colorado, short weekend road trips, days at the lake with her fur babies Maddie - Border collie and Fergie - Yorkshire terrier. Most importantly she enjoys spending time with all her family and lifelong friendships in the DFW area.