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Ellen Dougherty

The McCormick Group, Inc.

Arlington, VA, USA


Ellen Dougherty brings more than 25 years of law firm administrative and recruiting experience to the The McCormick Group’s lateral partner recruiting and consulting practice.  Her prior work in national law firms has included the management, expansion and enhancement of attorney recruitment, including lateral partner hiring, partner integration, attorney evaluation and retention. 

She has worked with a number of AmLaw 100 firms over the last 25 years, including Dentons, K&L Gates and Howrey & Simon.   Ellen has broad experience in developing lateral partner recruitment protocols and tracking recruitment data metrics.  In addition to working at law firms in the recruitment and development areas, Ellen also ran her own consulting firm focused on law firm hiring.

Her consulting work has guided clients through the transition to improve their recruitment and development programs using:  information data mining metrics, applicant surveys, white papers, applicant focus groups (all levels), retention surveys and employer “perception” market analysis.   Most recently, law firm clients have focused specifically on improving and expanding their lateral partner hiring and integration initiatives.

Ellen has given presentations at the National Association for Law Placement (NALP), the Washington Area Legal Recruitment Administrators Association and moderated roundtable discussions in the legal community.

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