Danielle has more than a decade of legal recruiting experience working with the most elite lawyers and firms in the world. Prior to co-founding Massari & Darling, Danielle was the head of operations for a leading legal recruiting firm. She also served as the recruiter for Gibson Dunn & Crutcher’s Orange County Office and was the President of the Orange County Area Legal Recruitment Association (OCALRA). Danielle is a frequent speaker at legal recruiting and talent conferences and seminars. Danielle’s unique background on both sides of the table (in-house law firm hiring and placing lawyers at leading firms) provides law firms and talent with the inside edge. Her background gives her deep insight into how leading law firms make in-house hires, as well as how to work with large law firms to ensure that talent matches the opportunity and firm culture. For candidates, her deep law firm relationships ensure that decision makers will see the best talent—talent is not just another resume on a recruiter’s desk. She focuses her legal placement practice on assisting talented attorneys in evaluating career opportunities and large law firm placement searches for key attorneys.
Alanna Darling has more than a decade of business and legal experience including positions as the General Counsel of an NYSE listed company, Managing Director of a bulge bracket investment banking firm, and attorney at Morrison & Foerster. These experiences uniquely position her to guide leading companies and firms as they evaluate legal talent, and to guide high caliber attorneys evaluating career opportunities. While at Morrison & Foerster, Alanna served on the Hiring Committee, enhancing her experience and understanding of how large law firms select and attract talent. Alanna earned her undergraduate degree from UCLA (summa cum laude) and her Juris Doctorate from Northwestern University. She focuses her legal placement practice on assisting senior attorneys, partners and in-house executives evaluating career opportunities, large law firm placement searches for key attorneys and partners and public companies searching for the right executive level talent.
Julia earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Florida (cum laude) and her Juris Doctorate from Nova Southeastern University. Following law school, she owned and operated a successful business, which she sold in 2013.
Julia understands the importance of a “good fit” for attorneys – whether it be found in the quality and quantity of work or a desired firm culture. She focuses her legal placements assisting attorneys with law firm and in-house career opportunities.
Thomas has more than 10 years of corporate recruiting experience. He has expertise in working across multiple industries and functional groups.
Before joining Massari and Darling, Thomas worked for Knowledge Universe – the largest early education company in the country. He managed national searches in Finance, Client Relations, Business Development, Education and Quality and Accreditation. This included executive searches.
Prior to Knowledge Universe, Thomas was a Sr. Recruitment Advisor for global humanitarian organization, Mercy Corps. He managed both domestic and international searches.
Thomas started his career in recruiting while at Nike – the world’s leading sports and fitness company. He began his 19 years at Nike while attaining his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Portland. Thomas relocated with Nike to Memphis and Chicago, returning to the world headquarters in 2008 to recruit for HR. While in this role, he also recruited for Diversity and Inclusion, and Legal. Thomas managed legal searches in Trademark, Patents, Corporate Governance, Commercial and Real Estate.
Thomas understands that cultural fit for both the client and candidate is essential to success. He focuses his legal placements assisting attorneys with in-house career opportunities.