Pappas & Associates

For Candidates

Our Mission

Changing jobs can be an emotional and lengthy process. Our mission is to make this transition as smooth as possible and to find the best fit possible for you.

Types of Positions We Fill

We place partners and associates at law firms of all sizes, including large international and national firms, and boutique practices. In our in-house practice, we place General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officers, patent counsel and corporate counsel at public and private companies. We work with many of the most highly regarded law firms and technology companies in San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

Our Search Process

After we receive your resume, we have an in depth conversation with you to learn about your background and experience, your career goals, and the type of environment you would thrive in. In every subsequent conversation, our goal is to deepen our understanding of your career aspirations and refine the parameters of what a good fit means for you.

The services that we provide to you include:

  • Sharing information on law firms, companies, and the qualifications they are looking for.
  • Providing access to legal jobs not advertised in legal publications or on the Internet.
  • Providing job resources and advice on how to improve your resume and better sell yourself.
  • Preparing you for interviews, including the types of questions you will likely be asked.
  • Helping you negotiate a compensation and benefit package that is beneficial to both you and the employer.

Our Unique Approach

Whereas many search firms will simply compile a list of open positions in your practice area and ask for your authorization to submit your resume, we take the time necessary to create a highly tailored list of potential employers. On a consistent basis, our candidates tell us that we are more effective and committed than other search firms they’ve worked with in finding opportunities that match their career objectives.

Your Confidentiality

In working with us, you can be assured that your confidentiality will be protected. Your name, resume, and background information will be held in strictest confidence. Your resume will only be sent to our clients with your express authorization.

And Remember

There have been many changes that have occurred during the past decade, such as the mergers of top firms, the acquisitions of regional firms, and the globalization of law practice. A firm or company that may have been a good fit for you five years ago may no longer be the best place for you to develop your practice. We are here to share information on law firms and companies and steer you in the right direction.

To Contact Us

Please e-mail your resume as an attachment in Word format to

Pappas & Associates

What our Clients SayWhile Helena is distinguished by her professionalism, responsiveness and plain good sense, her greatest strength is her heartfelt commitment to helping candidates achieve the right career “fit”. She recognizes that every person and every workplace is different, and that a variety of tangible and intangible factors contribute to making a working relationship really work. In working with me as a candidate, Helena helped me make a fully-informed decision consistent with my values, needs, and goals. Helena has my highest recommendation. Leslie Cancel
Special Counsel
Cooley Godward Kronish

Pappas & Associates

Pappas & Associates

What our Clients SayHelena is an established and extraordinarily talented legal recruiter. She intimately knows the Bay Area legal market and is dedicated to helping attorneys find satisfying and rewarding work. In my case, Helena carefully reviewed my situation, discussed in detail my personal goals, and secured multiple interviews for me with firms in Silicon Valley. Within two weeks of contacting Helena, I had an offer to join a great firm doing exactly the kind of work I wanted. Kory Sorrell
Litigation Associate
Latham & Watkins

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