About Us

About Us...
...Pacific Search International.

Pacific Search International has been placing lawyers at law firms and corporations in California, the United States, Europe, and Asia for over two decades. We have worked with almost every major U.S. law firm, international firms, and numerous companies in both California and around the world. Pacific Search International specializes in partner placements, the acquisition of practice groups, and mergers and acquisitions. We have the premier practice for partner placements in California. For 25 years, the company has been one of the leading search firms in partner and associate level searches throughout California, the United States, Europe and Asia.

The founder and CEO, David Lacob, graduated from Georgetown University Law Center and was a former United States Supreme Court Judicial Intern to former Chief Justice Warren E. Burger in the Office of the Administrative Assistant to the Chief Justice at the United States Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.

The firm's success and reputation has been noted by the lawyers we represent and by numerous industry observers of the profession. The Los Angeles Daily Journal, San Francisco Daily Journal , and California Lawyer said:

  • "Pacific Search International is one of the premiere and leading search firms in California."
  • "David Lacob and Pacific Search International have a reputation that is unparalleled in the search industry."

Lawdragon.com honored Mr. Lacob by naming him as one of the “Top 100 consultants in the United States that you need to know.“ Mr Lacob was one of 20 legal search consultants selected in the United States in the Lawdragon survey.

Pacific Search International sponsors more major legal award ceremonies honoring lawyers in California than any other search firm. These include the following:

  • 2008-2010 Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal’s Leading Intellectual Property Attorneys in California Awards – Official & Exclusive Corporate Sponsor
  • 2003-2010 Daily Journal's Top 100 Most Influential Lawyers in California Awards – Official & Exclusive Search Firm Sponsor
  • 2003-2009 California Attorneys of the Year Awards (Clay Awards) presented by California Lawyer Magazine – Official & Exclusive Search Firm Sponsor
  • Super Lawyers Magazine’s Award Ceremony for Southern California Super Lawyers & Northern California Super Lawyers – Official & Exclusive Corporate Sponsor

Mr. Lacob is also active in community, civic and corporate affairs. Mr. Lacob is a member of the Los Angeles World Affairs Council, Town Hall Los Angeles, the San Diego World Affairs Council, the Churchill Club of Silicon Valley, the World Affairs Council of Northern California, the Georgetown University Alumni Association and the National Association of Legal Search Consultants.

The philosophy that has guided the company for over two decades is that we don’t just place lawyers, we build careers. The best jobs in California and around the world are the ones you never hear about. In an ever changing business environment and competitive legal landscape, the company is committed to placing attorneys the old fashioned way, discreetly, confidentially, and with results.

The company has six divisions: partner placements, practice group placements, associate placements, law firm merger and acquisitions, in-house counsel, and a research division. The company conducts searches in all areas of law including, litigation (business, commercial and civil), antitrust, trade regulation, white collar criminal law, banking, bankruptcy, corporate (corporate securities, mergers and acquisitions, emerging growth, and venture capital), financial institution, government affairs, regulatory and lobbying, international business, project finance, real estate, land use, computer law, media law, entertainment, environmental, energy, alternative energy, health care, intellectual property (patent, trademark, copyright and technology transactions), labor and employment, tax, executive compensation, and employee benefits.

The company also has a subspecialty in technology and intellectual property placements. This includes all areas such as patent, trademark, copyright and licensing. Industry specialties within intellectual property law include biotechnology, computers, e-commerce, electronic arts, Internet, hardware, software, life science, pharmaceuticals, medical device, optical, semiconductors, wireless, telecommunications and nanotechnology.

The company represents law firms and corporations in California, including Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego in Southern California; and Silicon Valley, San Francisco and Sacramento in Northern California. The company has handled searches in over 25 major U.S. cities, and numerous international searches in both Europe and Asia. A significant portion of our work involves partner and practice group acquisitions. We also are actively involved in associate placements in law firms and placing lawyers in house at corporations.

While a significant amount of our work is centered in California, over a third of our revenue comes from handling searches outside California in other U.S. cities, Europe, and Asia. A substantial amount of our work is for major national law firms and corporations. We do, however, handle work for regional firms, high end specialty boutiques and start-up companies.

The company has worked on many retained and exclusive searches, as well as on a contingency basis. The company also specializes in candidate driven searches for partners and associates offering career counseling, public relations, marketing advice, compensation analysis and career development options.

Pacific Search International was founded on the belief that integrity and expertise counts, not just for lawyers, but for the search firms that represent them as well. We believe, at Pacific Search International, that we meet the highest standards of excellence and integrity in representing our clients, and we are committed to that goal in every search we conduct and for every candidate that we represent. We don’t just place lawyers, we build careers.