Chicago Legal Recruiters

Chicago, IL ... Where We Find the Lions®

The Lion Group is a Midwest Legal Recruitment Firm based in Chicago, IL with National Reach. We specialize in corporate in-house counsel talent, compliance professionals, law partners and lateral groups.

In the constant state of US and Global economic change, Employers both Corporations and Corporate Defense Law Firms rely on The Lion Group, a Midwest legal recruiting firm, to recruit and place executives, in-house legal counsel, compliance professionals, attorneys and law partner talent.

Corporations rely on us for sourcing legal and compliance talent such as general counsel, chief compliance officer, deputy general counsel, division general counsel and division compliance managers, senior corporate counsel corporate counsel and contract administrators. We serve the Fortune 500 and other publicly traded companies, the largest private employers to companies with 100+ employees or $50 million in revenue and growing.

Corporate Defense Law Firms rely on us to present strategic law partners with portable business of $300,000 to $20 million. We have a 10 year history of placing single partners, groups and opening new offices for our clients. Our law firm clients have been the Am Law 100 & 200 and corporate defense law firms of $50 million and 75 attorneys or more.

Legal recruiting is our forte. At law schools, corporations and law firms locally here in Chicago, IL lawyers call us headhunters while others call us legal recruiters or legal search consultants, either way we get the job done and our clients are happy with our in-house attorney, compliance and law partner placements in Chicago, IL.

Ask These Questions

For Chicago Employers, do these questions or scenarios apply to you?

  • Our corporate legal department is looking to add another in-house attorney.
  • Human Resources posted a position on a job board but the quality of attorney candidates were not sufficient. 
  • We have in-house recruiters, but they are either under staffed or do not know how to find the best legal talent for open positions.
  • We are exploring our first in-house corporate counsel hire. 
  • I am curious about your legal recruiting process. 
  • We would like assistance with law partner recruiting.  
  • Our corporate defense law firm would like to discuss our options for opening a new office or a possible combination. 
  • Why Partners are leaving your law firm? 

For Chicago Legal & Compliance talent, do these questions or scenarios apply to you?



*The law firm rankings are based on the 2013 AML 100&200 by Profits Per Partner.
**The top law school rankings are based on the 2013 U.S. News Best Law School ranking.
*^The top ATL law school rankings are based on 2013 Above the Law rankings.
***Salaries are based on a range of small to large law firms that were found for this city.

About Chicago, IL

Starting Associate Salary in
Chicago, IL ***
$125k - $160k
Chicago, IL Founded1830
State CapitalSpringfield IL
County for
Chicago, IL
Cook County
City Fact about
Chicago, IL
The third most black city in the United States and the most populous city in the American Midwest.
City Nickname
Chicago, IL
The Windy City
Top Industries
Chicago, IL
Printing & Publishing
Finance & Insurance
Chicago, IL
Chicago, IL
Top three largest NLJ350 firms' offices by head count
Chicago, IL
Kirkland & Ellis
Sidley Austin
Mayer Brown

Top 100 US Law Schools in
Chicago, IL**

Ranked #4University of Chicago
Ranked #12Northwestern University
Ranked #68Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago-Kent)
Ranked #76Loyola University Chicago
Ranked #109DePaul University

Top 100 ATL Law Schools in
Chicago, IL*^

Ranked #4University of Chicago Law School
Ranked #13Northwestern University School of Law

Top 100 Law Firms in
Chicago, IL*

Ranked #2
PPP $3.6m
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan
Ranked #7
PPP $3.0m
Kirkland & Ellis
Ranked #13
PPP $2.3m
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
Ranked #16
PPP $1.99m
Latham & Watkins
Ranked #19
PPP $2.0m
Ranked #20
PPP $1.99m
Paul Hastings
Ranked #25
PPP $1.56m
Proskauer Rose
Ranked #26
PPP $1.46m
Sidley Austin
Ranked #34
PPP $1.47m
Ropes & Gray
Ranked #35
PPP $1.4m
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius
Ranked #39
PPP $1.50m
Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy
Ranked #41
PPP $1.39m
Jenner & Block
Ranked #41
PPP $1.39m
Winston & Strawn
Ranked #46
PPP $1.46m
McDermott Will & Emery
Ranked #50
PPP $1.32m
Greenberg Traurig
Ranked #52
PPP $1.49m
Kaye Scholer
No result found in Regional Report
Ranked #54
PPP $1.13m
DLA Piper
Ranked #54
PPP $1.19m
Katten Muchin Rosenman
Ranked #56
PPP $1.22m
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton
Ranked #60
PPP $1.07m
Mayer Brown
Ranked #63
PPP $1.12m
Baker & McKenzie
Ranked #64
PPP $1.05m
Reed Smith
Ranked #65
PPP $980k
Locke Lord
Ranked #67
PPP $900k
Perkins Coie
Ranked #68
PPP $910k
Steptoe & Johnson
Ranked #69
PPP $900k
Foley & Lardner
Ranked #70
PPP $800k
Holland & Knight
Ranked #71
PPP $815k
Ranked #72
PPP $765k
Baker & Hostetler
Ranked #75
PPP $820k
Jones Day
Ranked #76
PPP $735k
Seyfarth Shaw
Ranked #77
PPP $930k
K&L Gates
No result found in Regional Report
Ranked #79
PPP $830k
Duane Morris
Ranked #85
PPP $825k
SNR Denton
Ranked #85
PPP $825k
SNR Denton
Ranked #87
PPP $670k
Nixon Peabody
Ranked #90
PPP $705k
Bryan Cave
Ranked #90
PPP $705k
Bryan Cave
Ranked #92
PPP $720k
Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith
Ranked #93
PPP $660k
Drinker Biddle & Reath
Ranked #94
PPP $700k
Faegre Baker Daniels
Ranked #95
PPP $705k
Troutman Sanders
Ranked #96
PPP $735k
Edwards Wildman Palmer
Ranked #97
PPP $540k
Jackson Lewis
Ranked #98
PPP $535k
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart
Ranked #100
PPP $485k
Littler Mendelson

Top 200 Law Firms in
Chicago, IL*

Ranked #0
PPP $1.8m
Ranked #5
PPP $1.45m
Loeb & Loeb
Ranked #19
PPP $975k
Chapman and Cutler
Ranked #20
PPP $950k
Kelley Drye & Warren
Ranked #31
PPP $840k
Schiff Hardin
Ranked #39
PPP $745k
Vedder Price
Ranked #45
PPP $685k
Barnes & Thornburg
Ranked #51
PPP $660k
Ranked #43
PPP $695k
Gordon & Rees
Ranked #0
PPP $710k
Cozen O’Connor
Ranked #63
PPP $540k
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough
Ranked #0
PPP $630k
Husch Blackwell
Ranked #52
PPP $6855k
Ice Miller
Ranked #54
PPP $630k
Ranked #59
PPP $560k
Epstein Becker & Green
Ranked #60
PPP $555k
Dykema Gossett
Ranked #35
PPP $775k
Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker
Ranked #64
PPP $535k
Hinshaw & Culbertson
Ranked #85
PPP $455k
Michael Best & Friedrich
Ranked #75
PPP $500k
Thompson Coburn
Ranked #87
PPP $450k
Fisher & Phillips
Ranked #84
PPP $455k
Kutak Rock
Ranked #94
PPP $425k
Lathrop & Gage
Ranked #98
PPP $395k
Quarles & Brady
Ranked #91
PPP $435k
Miller Canfield
Ranked #0
PPP $460k
Roetzel & Andress