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Burford Capital Seeks Director of Case Management in Exclusive Engagement with Lateral Link

Burford Capital, the global leader in commercial finance for the legal sector, has exclusively partnered with Lateral Link to appoint a new Director of Case Management. This strategic position, based in New York or Chicago with potential for remote work, offers an unparalleled opportunity for litigation professionals seeking to steer complex litigation cases valued over $7 billion.

The role is designed for individuals who have demonstrated significant expertise in litigation, ideally serving as heads of litigation in large enterprises, and who have a track record in managing claimant-side cases. The ideal candidate will possess not only superior communication and interpersonal skills but also a profound ability to organize and navigate the intricate demands of large litigation portfolios.

Burford Capital is renowned for its commitment to optimizing the value of legal assets, offering robust support to law firms and corporations globally. With a history of working alongside the majority of the AmLaw 100 and Global 100 law firms since its inception in 2009, Burford’s dynamic team has expanded to over 170 professionals, including more than 70 lawyers, blending the resources of a large organization with the agility and creativity of a startup.

The chosen Director of Case Management will play a critical role in managing Burford’s extensive case portfolio, ensuring strategic engagement, supervising budgets, and spearheading efforts to enhance efficiency. This position calls for a collaborative spirit to work alongside business leaders and stakeholders, aiming for seamless integration of business processes and fostering strong relationships across the organization.

Burford offers a competitive compensation package, inclusive of a base salary, discretionary bonus, carried interest in litigation outcomes, and annual stock grants. The role reports directly to the Chief Investment Officer, highlighting its significance in Burford’s mission to maintain its global impact in the legal finance sector.

Applicants interested in contributing to Burford Capital’s legacy and engaging in high-stakes litigation management are encouraged to reach out to Amy Langan at alangan@laterallink.com for a confidential discussion about this exclusive opportunity. Additionally, for those who prefer, the option to apply directly through our LinkedIn posting of the job is also available, providing a seamless way to express interest in this pivotal role.

Burford Capital is dedicated to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment, welcoming applicants from all backgrounds. This commitment is reflected in its competitive healthcare benefits, 401k matching program, and an ‘always on’ culture that thrives on rigorous thinking, clear communication, and efficient execution.

For legal professionals poised to take on the challenge of directing complex litigation at a global scale, this role offers a unique chance to shape the future of legal finance with Burford Capital, a pioneer and leader in the field. Interested candidates are encouraged to reach out to Amy Langan at alangan@laterallink.com or apply directly through our LinkedIn posting, joining a team that is at the forefront of transforming the legal finance industry.

Lateral Link Announces 2024 Promotions

Lateral Link is pleased to announce the promotion of several outstanding members of our team this year. These professionals have exemplified unparalleled expertise in legal recruiting, demonstrated exceptional leadership skills, and contributed greatly to helping maintain Lateral Link’s collegial and collaborative culture.

Jon Kahn: Managing Principal, New York

Jon Kahn, one of the co-leaders of Lateral Link’s partner practice group, is now a Managing Principal in Lateral Link’s New York office. With over 25 years of legal industry experience, Jon brings a unique understanding of lateral hiring, having been a partner at major law firms in New York and founding his own executive legal search firm, JEK Partners. His background in capital markets transactions, high-yield offerings, IPOs, and M&A transactions enriches our team’s capabilities. Jon holds a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.

Amy Savage: Senior Principal, Washington, D.C.

Amy Savage, the leader of our Government Transitions Group, is promoted to Senior Principal in our Washington, D.C. office. A recognized expert on legal career issues, Amy has made significant contributions to the D.C. legal market over 15 years, particularly in placing associates and partners with top Am Law firms. Amy earned her J.D. cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center.

Lauren Smith: Senior Principal, Washington D.C.

Lauren Smith, now a Senior Principal in our Washington, D.C., office, specializes in partner and group placements nationwide. Her diverse legal experience as both an Am Law 100 law firm litigation associate and in-house counsel provides a broad perspective beneficial to her recruiting expertise. Lauren graduated with a double major from Cornell University and later obtained her J.D. from William & Mary.

Christine Berger: Senior Director, New Orleans

Christine Berger is promoted to Senior Director, focusing on attorney placements in Texas and Louisiana. Her in-house, law firm, human resources, and resume writing experience offer unique insights into the recruiting process. Based in New Orleans, Christine’s outstanding dedication and drive has played a pivotal role in our expansion in the region.

Lateral Link continues to uphold our commitment to excellence in legal recruiting. These promotions highlight our dedication to valuing leadership and expertise within our team. We pride ourselves on understanding the complexities of the legal market, ensuring tailored and strategic solutions for both our clients and candidates.

We invite talented individuals who share our vision of excellence and collaboration to consider joining our dynamic and forward-thinking team. For those seeking opportunities in a highly-regarded recruiting firm with access to unmatched resources, a collaborative and collegial culture, and above-market compensation, Lateral Link is the ideal destination.

New York Market Update: Strong Lateral Demand, Though With Variation Across Practice Areas

With talk of recession on the rise nationally, how are law firms in New York holding up? So far, the lateral market remains open for business. Firms are emphasizing some different practice areas compared to a year ago, but they continue to hire broadly.

Lateral placement data indicate a healthy market: there were around 75 more lateral moves in New York in Q2 2022 than in Q2 2021. That’s saying something, considering that 2021 was an exceptionally strong lateral market.

Litigation rises as transactional starts to slow

Demand for transactional lawyers has moderated compared to last year: there were 341 lateral placements in Q2 2022 into corporate practices (35% of all placements in the quarter), as compared to 420 the year before (46%). However, other practice areas are picking up the slack. Demand for litigators is on the rise: whereas in Q2 2021, there were 162 lateral placements in litigation, the number rose to 210 in Q2 2022.

A central driver of the growing opportunity in litigation is a widespread effort among firms to expand their white-collar practices. The Biden administration has made no secret of its intention to increase enforcement, and firms are positioning themselves to compete for what should be a lucrative wave of white-collar assignments. Boutiques that are mainly known for complex commercial litigation have lately been especially active in the lateral market, seeking to build up their white-collar credibility.

Many opportunities in niche practices

Among more niche practice areas, antitrust is in strong demand, as firms anticipate coming enforcement activity. Funds is a particular bright spot on the transactional side, with practices sufficiently stretched such that they have been willing to retool junior associates from other groups. And both real estate and bankruptcy are on the rise, with around twice as many lateral placements in Q2 2022 as compared to the same period a year earlier. Bankruptcy and restructuring practices are particularly interested in candidates who have both transactional and bankruptcy litigation experience. Of course, if a recession does materialize, demand in this area should accelerate further.

Who is best placed to make a move?

Across practices, midlevel associates have the broadest range of lateral opportunities, with the sweet spot around 3-5 years of experience. In litigation, there has been an unusual level of demand for more senior associates in addition to midlevels. Boutiques in particular have been extending offers to sixth and seventh years.

With most firms having adopted a hybrid working model in their New York offices, we are seeing an increasing number of interviews conducted in-person, which candidates tend to find helpful in gaining insight into a firm’s culture. This summer is a particularly good time to enter the lateral market because an unusual number of associates are tied down by bonuses issued last year or in early 2022, either as part of a lateral move or as a retention incentive.


Though candidates shouldn’t worry about changing firms right now, we are urging those exploring in-house roles to proceed with caution. The risks of a layoff appear to be elevated in the current environment, especially for lawyers entering at more junior levels. Keep in mind that unlike at law firms, the most recently hired employees tend to be most vulnerable when companies go through layoffs.

Job of the Week (In-House): Venture Startup Consulting Company in New York

Firm

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Location

New York, USA

Job Description

We are working with the venture startup advisory arm of a global management consulting company (“consulting company”) advising Fortune 500 corporate clients on ideating, founding, operating, and growing startup companies to disrupt and/or compete in important markets.

The hire for this position will serve as an operational and legal consultant on behalf of consulting company to various venture startups. The hire may also be involved in ideating and pitching concepts for new startup ventures to consulting company’s Fortune 500 clients.

Requirements

  1. JD degree.
  2. Significant experience at a startup such that you are able to advise fledgling companies on common legal and operational problems.
  3. Outstanding team working and communication skills.
  4. A desire and aptitude for business consulting.
  5. Law firm experience serving startups a plus.
  6. A grasp of corporate law pertinent to startups.
  7. AGC or GC experience at a startup, a strong plus.
  8. Management level experience at a startup, a strong plus.

Contact

Ata Farhadi afarhadi@laterallink.com