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Stayer Legal Search was formed in 2000.  We specialize in placing exceptional, experienced lawyers in nearly every practice area in Northwest law firms and companies.  

Stayer Legal Search will close on December 31, 2021, as Candice will be retiring (it may just be a sabbatical, but we will see)!

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Candice Wilson Stayer has been a part of Portland’s legal community for 40 years.  Stayer Legal Search was formed in 2000, and our exclusive focus is the placement of exceptional lawyers in Northwest law firms and companies.  We are small by design and focused on what we do best. 

We have worked with hundreds of outstanding associates, partners, and counsel to find lateral opportunities perfectly aligned with their goals and needs – all with a very personal touch.  We are a search firm with recognized integrity and a reputation for being highly selective, knowledgeable, and discreet.  It’s simply the only way to do business.  After all, the success of every law firm depends on acquiring top talent. 

Stayer Legal Search proudly adheres to the Code of Ethics of the National Association of Legal Search Consultants. 

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We focus on the permanent placement of lawyers in Northwest law firms and companies, big and small. 

Most of our searches are on an exclusive basis and most are never advertised.  All information is received in confidence and your information will not be discussed or submitted to any employer without your permission.  Our placement fee is paid entirely by the employer upon a successful placement. 

We only present candidates to settings where we feel they are a good fit, we walk candidates through the process, and then we stay connected with our candidates after they have been placed to ensure a smooth transition for both the candidate and the employer. 

We are different than other search firms.  We develop deep relationships with employers and have significant industry insight and knowledge.  Practicing law is hard work and practicing in the wrong setting makes the work that much harder.   

If you are interested in hearing about our current searches, or would like to be considered for future opportunities, let’s talk. 

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We believe in “boots on the ground” recruiting and we know our markets well.  With over 38 years of recruiting experience, Candice has developed deep relationships with Northwest law firms and companies, big and small. 

Busy lawyers don’t read job postings.  Even though a lawyer may be practicing locally, they usually don’t know where they would fit if they were to make a lateral move.  They are concerned about confidentiality and are reluctant to apply directly.  Candidates are personally interviewed and only the best qualified candidates (usually only a few) will be submitted to you for consideration.

Stayer Legal Search conducts searches on a contingency basis and our placement fee is a percentage of the individual’s total first year’s compensation (call for details).  The fee is billed after the candidate has started his or her employment and our placements are guaranteed. 

We engage, add value, and forge lasting relationships.

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"Candice knows the legal market in the Portland area better than anyone, from long experience as a recruiter and from hard work in getting to know the details about almost every firm in town.  She's a rarity among recruiters:  a straight shooter who has the knowledge and insight to match up the right lawyer with the right firm.  I consider her to be the best, most ethical and most professional recruiter I've ever met." - Law Firm Partner

"Candice has a special ability to make connections between people.  Over the years she certainly has had a significantly important, if subtle, impact on making the practice of law firms stronger and more professional." - Law Firm Partner

"I just wanted to thank you again for working your magic to make sure I was exactly where I needed to be, exactly when I needed to be there.  Thank you for your remarkable abilities:  to understand people, to see possibilities, and to make them happen." - Law Firm Partner

"Thank you very much for all your help during the job change process.  From the first time we met, you gave me confidence that things would turn out alright.  And, in fact, they have.  For the first time in a long time I look forward to going to work each morning.  Thank you for making a tough process enjoyable." - Law Firm Associate

"Our firm has used Candice as our search firm for more than 18 years.  She distinguishes herself in several ways:  From a character standpoint, she is honorable, hard working, diligent, and never quits trying to find the right person for a position and a fit for our firm culture.  I know she is able to achieve this high standard because she spends whatever amount of time it takes to interview and get to know the candidate and thereby vet the candidate out for the position and our firm.  Her diligence results in huge economic savings for our firm because we are not only saved the effort of finding candidates, but we are also not wasting our time interviewing the wrong candidates." - Law Firm Managing Partner

"Candice has no competition because she honestly cares about each of the candidates she works with." - Law Firm Partner

"You were really a great ally and great adviser throughout this process." - Law Firm Associate

"The new lawyers you have brought to my team have been critical to my practice.  I cannot imagine law life without them.  You are my savior for bringing them to me." - Law Firm Managing Partner

"Candice has a sixth sense about which law firm is the right fit!" - Law Firm Partner

"It's impressive how hard you work to find a good fit for your clients." - Law Firm Partner

"I had complete trust in your advice every step of the way and I sure enjoyed talking to you throughout the process." - In House Counsel

"I don't know how anyone gets a job in this town without your help." - Law Firm Partner

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