Attorney Recruiters Added at Leading Washington, DC Search Firm

Attorney Recruiters Added at Leading Washington, DC Search Firm


Dan Binstock & Matt Schwartz Join Firm as Partners

Firm Relocates to Marquee DC Building

Garrison & Sisson, Inc., a leading Washington, DC attorney search firm, today announced the addition of prominent attorney recruiters Dan Binstock and Matt Schwartz as partners. Binstock will co-chair Garrison & Sisson's Partner and Practice Group Division and Schwartz will head its Associate Division.  To accommodate its growth, the firm has also relocated to new and larger office space in the Metropolitan Square Building, just one block from the White House and right upstairs from the historic Old Ebbitt Grill.  

"We are delighted that Matt and Dan are joining us as partners," said firm co-founder, Martha Ann Sisson. "They have complementary expertise that will enable Garrison & Sisson to provide greater dedicated focus to more individual attorneys, firms and in-house legal departments. When we saw the increased demand for our services, we knew it was the right time to expand, and we knew the right people with whom to do it. We targeted Dan and Matt, whose stellar reputations are well known and acknowledged throughout the DC legal community."

Binstock was formerly head of the Washington, DC office of a national attorney search firm, where he successfully placed associates and partners at many of the region's law firms.  A frequent lecturer at annual NALP conferences and U.S. law schools, Binstock is one of the nation's leading authorities on the Washington, DC legal market.  In recognition of his expertise, Harvard Law School recently selected him to counsel its rising second-year students on this key market. 

Prior to becoming a legal recruiter in 2004, Binstock practiced intellectual property law with Finnegan, a top-tier IP boutique in Washington, DC.  He earned his J.D. magna cum laude from Washington College of Law, where he was an editor on the International Law Review. Binstock earned his undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Maryland.

"I was not looking to make a move, but I've long been aware of Garrison & Sisson's reputation as the 'gold standard' of attorney search firms in Washington," Binstock said.  "When Martha Ann and Nancy approached me with the opportunity to co-head the Partner and Practice Group Division, I could not ignore the exceptional opportunity it presented."  Binstock also noted the company's nearly 25 years of recruiting experience and deep, longstanding relationships and institutional expertise in all three areas-partners, associates and in-house.  

Schwartz was formerly the executive director of the Washington, D.C. office of another top attorney search firm and is regarded as among the foremost experts in associate attorney placement; he has been recruiting lawyers for more than eight years.

Prior to becoming a legal recruiter, Schwartz was a transactional associate at Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells); before that he was a litigation associate at Howrey.  His legal training and previous employment in the field, his personal experience transitioning from litigation to corporate law, and his broad experience recruiting in Washington, DC enable Schwartz to offer clients sound counsel on career transitions and career tracks. He is a cum laude graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, and received his undergraduate degree from Brown University.

"I view joining Garrison & Sisson as the professional opportunity of a lifetime," Schwartz said. "When my capabilities and Dan's are combined with the expertise and experience of the existing recruiters and research staff, we unquestionably are the most knowledgeable recruiting team in Washington, DC." 

"This is the first time in our history that we have hired lateral partners," said Nancy Palermo, Garrison & Sisson's Managing Partner and co-head of its In-House Division. "The process of examining our business model and identifying the individuals best qualified for our growth needs was identical to the process our clients go through. Selecting Dan and Matt has been a valuable experience for all of us, strengthening our understanding of the challenges involved as well as the excitement that occurs when a lateral recruitment process is successfully concluded." 
The firm's new offices are located at 655 15th Street, NW, Suite 820.

Recruiting Inquiries: contact Martha Ann Sisson, Garrison & Sisson, 202-429-5630

About Garrison & Sisson

Since 1986, Garrison & Sisson recruiters (all attorneys) have placed in excess of 1000 attorneys at law firms, including all of Washington, DC's 50 largest law firm offices and nearly every elite boutique, as well as at public and private corporations in and outside of the region.

With seven experienced recruiters and three recruiting specialists, Garrison & Sisson is among the largest and longest tenured search firms in the Washington, DC region.  When you partner with Garrison & Sisson, you gain immediate access to encyclopedic knowledge about the Washington, DC metropolitan legal market.  You also benefit from aligning yourself with some of Washington, DC's most powerful, respected, connected, and trusted attorney recruiters. 

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