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Our firm

Overview

The Agency is a Los Angeles based search firm that provides comprehensive recruiting services for legal organizations in Los Angeles, Orange County, the Bay Area, and Las Vegas. We staff all positions within a legal organization, including legal secretaries, paralegals, clerks, and attorneys (both associate and partner level). We conduct searches for full-time, permanent employees as well as contract / temporary employees and project teams.

The Agency Difference

At The Agency, we know law. Our principals began their careers in the legal field and have been providing staffing solutions to legal organizations for over a decade. With this experience comes a deep understanding of legal organizations and their unique needs, an understanding we leverage to ensure great outcomes for firms and candidates.

Our Approach

We know that the success of any legal organization, from both the firm and candidate perspectives, is heavily predicated on having the right people in the right places. We also know that in a field as specialized and nuanced as law, this is no easy task. That is why we go further when matching candidates with firms. For firms, we seek to ensure that the candidate is not only qualified for the job, but he/she will also uphold and enhance the firm’s unique culture. For candidates, we seek to understand their stories so the position we find is a fit beyond just basic job requirements and salary expectations — it is a fit with their lifestyles and long term career goals.

Our story

The Agency was founded in 2006 by Raunn Ross and Amy Goldware after Raunn and Amy noticed the legal industry was underserved by the then available recruiting options. Drawing on their respective experiences in the legal field, Raunn and Amy sought to create a different kind of search firm — one focused solely on understanding the needs of legal organizations and the candidates that worked for them.

This approach has led to many successful placements at premier legal organizations throughout Southern California, the Bay Area, and Las Vegas. We have helped many firms build their teams and have worked with many candidates to find the right opportunity to advance their careers. And while we may grow and seek to expand upon our success, we never plan to deviate from our core focus: being a trusted partner for those in the legal field.

Our Team

Raunn Ross
Amy Goldware
Nelle Stang
Nelle Stang
Raunn Ross
Raunn Ross Founder and Principal (415) 230-3800 raunn@theagencyla.net

Raunn Ross has over ten years of practical work experience as well as recruiting expertise in the Los Angeles legal community. Upon graduating with a B.S. in Economics from the United States Air Force Academy, he served six years as an active duty Air Force Officer. Upon exiting the Air Force, he entered law school at the University of Southern California and received his Juris Doctorate.

After clerking briefly, Raunn joined a prominent national legal staffing firm as an account executive in the Temporary Staffing Division where he began working with Amy Goldware. Raunn was instrumental in growing and establishing this team. In 2003, he joined Amy at a local boutique legal staffing firm and established a temporary placement division. In September 2006, Raunn became a founding principal of The Agency Legal Staffing.

Amy Goldware
Amy Goldware Founder and Principal (213) 225-0111 amy@theagencyla.net

Amy Goldware graduated with a B.A. in Pre-Law from the University of Arizona and received her Paralegal Certification from the University of West Los Angeles. She began her legal career as a litigation paralegal in 1993. In 1998, she joined an international recruitment and staffing firm as a direct-hire recruiter and, after only six months, was promoted to Division Director of the Direct Hire Placement Division. At the end of 2000, Amy was asked to run one of the company’s branch offices, where she successfully grew and established that office until joining a local boutique legal staffing firm in May of 2002 as a minority shareholder. She joined The Agency in January of 2007.

She brings years of practical experience as a paralegal coupled with the successful placement of hundreds of paralegal, secretarial and attorney professionals. Amy is well-known throughout the Los Angeles legal community for her high degree of professionalism and customer service.

David Gainer
David Gainer Recruiting Manager (415) 230-3800 david@theagencyla.net

David Gainer is a Recruiting Manager in our San Francisco office covering the entire Bay Area and Sacramento. He has over twelve years’ experience in the legal field as a clerk, paralegal, and attorney with various government and private institutions, including a major international law firm.

Following his six years as an attorney in two East Coast litigation boutiques, David joined a nationally recognized legal recruiting firm in 2014 and joined The Agency in November 2015. He draws upon his diverse previous practice, which included litigation, corporate work, foreclosures, and bankruptcy matters. David has a strong grasp of the California legal market and specializes in working with clients and candidates throughout the state for all types of legal roles.

Nelle Stang
Nelle Stang Recruiting Administrator (213) 225-0111 nelle@theagencyla.net

Nelle Stang Nelle Stang has over seven years of work experience in a wide range of fields, including public relations, television production and visual effects, fashion and law. Upon graduating from the University of San Francisco with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, Nelle returned home to Los Angeles in 2010 where she undertook a number of challenging roles. For two years she worked at a well-known, prestigious bankruptcy firm in Los Angeles as a paralegal.

After leaving the legal field, she primarily worked in public relations, and spent time at several public relations firms, including Platinum Advisors, I/D Public Relations and most recently, The Lippin Group. In 2016, Nelle decided to return to her legal background and joined The Agency Legal Staffing.

John Hur
John Hur Recruiting Manager (213) 225-0111 john@theagencyla.net

John Hur is a Recruiting Manager in our Los Angeles office and handles searches throughout the Southern California region, placing attorneys at all levels in both law firm and corporate settings. He has almost twenty years of varied legal and business development experience in Southern California, enabling him to provide a wealth of knowledge to both clients and job-seekers in the attorney market.Prior to joining The Agency, John worked as a Senior Appellate Counsel and the Director of West Coast Operations for several national appellate services firms. He was also an associate at a litigation boutique in Irvine, California, where he was a member of the trial practice group and his area of expertise was complex business litigation, intellectual property, real estate and securities law.

John also practiced in Beverly Hills, California, where he represented well-known fashion houses, including Gucci, Prada and Louis Vuitton, in design patent infringement litigation and enforcement.John is admitted to the State Bar of California, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the United States District Court for the Central District of California. He is a member of Los Angeles County Bar Association and was previously appointed to serve on the State Bar of California’s Committee on Appellate Courts. Mr. Hur holds a JD from Pepperdine University School of Law and received his BA from The University of California, Los Angeles.

Katrina M. Roehrig
Katrina M. Roehrig Recruiting Administrator (213) 225-0111 katrina@theagencyla.net

Katrina M. Roehrig joined The Agency Legal Staffing in 2016. She is a 2012 graduate of the University of North Carolina-Charlotte where she obtained a B.B.A in Marketing. After graduation, she pursued fashion marketing by working as a marketing and fashion consultant at Charlotte Seen. Katrina later joined the sales management team at a national retail operation where she was responsible for sales at one of the busiest stores in North Carolina.

Due to her success, she was offered a position within the organization that brought her to California. In her new role, in addition to managing a personally selling and managing a sales team, Katrina became a training manager for fourteen store locations and trained all new store managers in the area’s fifteen stores. Katrina has demonstrated strong sales and leadership experience as well as a significant international background in education, work, and community relations.

Farheen Shaikh
Farheen Shaikh Administrative Assistant (213) 225-0111 farheen@theagencyla.net

Farheen comes to us as an Administrative Assistant and we enjoy her smiling personality on a daily basis.

Larisa Villa
Larisa Villa Director of Recruiting (415) 230-3800 larisa@theagencyla.net

Larisa Villa joined The Agency Legal Staffing in 2018. She has her BA in International Relations from Boston University and JD from Harvard Law School. She has over ten years’ experience in staffing and recruiting in the Bay Area and has worked on legal, creative and technical searches in agency, in-house and higher educational environments.

Notably, Larisa spent over seven years with a nationally-recognized, legal recruiting firm where she was promoted into a Team Lead role. She specializes in working with support staff candidates on temporary, temp-to-hire and direct hire placements. Larisa prides herself on her work ethic, professionalism and ability to “put the recruiting pieces” together for both candidates and clients.

David Gainer
Jon Hur
Katrina M. Roehrig
Larisa Villa

Our Team

Raunn Ross
Raunn RossFounder and PrincipalRaunn Ross has over ten years of practical work experience as well as recruiting expertise in the Los Angeles legal community. Upon graduating with a B.S. in Economics from the United States Air Force Academy, he served six years as an active duty Air Force Officer. Upon exiting the Air Force, he entered law school at the University of Southern California and received his Juris Doctorate. After clerking briefly, Raunn joined a prominent national legal staffing firm as an account executive in the Temporary Staffing Division where he began working with Amy Goldware. Raunn was instrumental in growing and establishing this team. In 2003, he joined Amy at a local boutique legal staffing firm and established a temporary placement division. In September 2006, Raunn became a founding principal of The Agency Legal Staffing.
Amy Goldware
Amy GoldwareFounder and PrincipalAmy Goldware graduated with a B.A. in Pre-Law from the University of Arizona and received her Paralegal Certification from the University of West Los Angeles. She began her legal career as a litigation paralegal in 1993. In 1998, she joined an international recruitment and staffing firm as a direct-hire recruiter and, after only six months, was promoted to Division Director of the Direct Hire Placement Division. At the end of 2000, Amy was asked to run one of the company’s branch offices, where she successfully grew and established that office until joining a local boutique legal staffing firm in May of 2002 as a minority shareholder. She joined The Agency in January of 2007. She brings years of practical experience as a paralegal coupled with the successful placement of hundreds of paralegal, secretarial and attorney professionals. Amy is well-known throughout the Los Angeles legal community for her high degree of professionalism and customer service.
David Gainer
David GainerRecruiting ManagerDavid Gainer is a Recruiting Manager in our San Francisco office covering the entire Bay Area and Sacramento. He has over twelve years’ experience in the legal field as a clerk, paralegal, and attorney with various government and private institutions, including a major international law firm. Following his six years as an attorney in two East Coast litigation boutiques, David joined a nationally recognized legal recruiting firm in 2014 and joined The Agency in November 2015. He draws upon his diverse previous practice, which included litigation, corporate work, foreclosures, and bankruptcy matters. David has a strong grasp of the Northern California legal community and specializes in working with clients to source candidates for all types of legal roles.
John Hur
John Hur Recruiting Manager in our Los Angeles office and handles searches throughout the Southern California region, placing attorneys at all levels in both law firm and corporate settings. He has almost twenty years of varied legal and business development experience in Southern California, enabling him to provide a wealth of knowledge to both clients and job-seekers in the attorney market.

Prior to joining The Agency, John worked as a Senior Appellate Counsel and the Director of West Coast Operations for several national appellate services firms. He was also an associate at a litigation boutique in Irvine, California, where he was a member of the trial practice group and his area of expertise was complex business litigation, intellectual property, real estate and securities law. John also practiced in Beverly Hills, California, where he represented well-known fashion houses, including Gucci, Prada and Louis Vuitton, in design patent infringement litigation and enforcement.

John is admitted to the State Bar of California, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the United States District Court for the Central District of California. He is a member of Los Angeles County Bar Association and was previously appointed to serve on the State Bar of California’s Committee on Appellate Courts. Mr. Hur holds a JD from Pepperdine University School of Law and received his BA from The University of California, Los Angeles.

Nelle Stang
Nelle StangRecruiting AdministratorNelle Stang has over seven years of work experience in a wide range of fields, including public relations, television production and visual effects, fashion and law. Upon graduating from the University of San Francisco with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, Nelle returned home to Los Angeles in 2010 where she undertook a number of challenging roles. For two years she worked at a well-known, prestigious bankruptcy firm in Los Angeles as a paralegal. After leaving the legal field, she primarily worked in public relations, and spent time at several public relations firms, including Platinum Advisors, I/D Public Relations and most recently, The Lippin Group. In 2016, Nelle decided to return to her legal background and joined The Agency Legal Staffing.
Katrina M. Roehrig
Katrina M. RoehrigAgency RecruiterKatrina M. Roehrig joined The Agency Legal Staffing in 2016. She is a 2012 graduate of the University of North Carolina-Charlotte where she obtained a B.B.A in Marketing. After graduation, she pursued fashion marketing by working as a marketing and fashion consultant at Charlotte Seen. Katrina later joined the sales management team at a national retail operation where she was responsible for sales at one of the busiest stores in North Carolina. Due to her success, she was offered a position within the organization that brought her to California. In her new role, in addition to managing a personally selling and managing a sales team, Katrina became a training manager for fourteen store locations and trained all new store managers in the area’s fifteen stores. Katrina has demonstrated strong sales and leadership experience as well as a significant international background in education, work, and community relations.
Farheen Shaikh
Farheen ShaikhAdministrative Assistant Farheen comes to us as an Administrative Assistant and we enjoy her smiling personality on a daily basis.

Our Services

Direct Hire

For firms

We are able to staff all support positions in your legal organization from administrative professionals to paralegals. As veterans of the legal field ourselves, we understand your unique hiring needs and know how to find the right candidate for the job. We personally vet all candidates and only present those we believe to be the right fit with your firm.

For candidates

We work with nearly every prominent law firm and legal organization in Los Angeles and Orange County, and maintain a strong presence in adjacent geographies such as the Bay Area and Las Vegas. Whether you’re looking to advance your career, hone new skills, or find a job that offers a better lifestyle, we have the network to get you where you want to be.

Attorney Search

For firms

The core of any law firm or legal organization is its attorneys. Consequently, each hire matters, as each new attorney helps shape the firm’s culture and build the firm’s reputation. At The Agency, we understand this and approach our search accordingly. We vet potential candidates extensively to ensure that in addition to being highly qualified, they are a great fit for your unique culture and motivated to help your firm succeed over the long term.

For candidates

We believe that every candidate has a story. Some stories are straightforward, others contain a few detours. Whatever your story, we want to hear it, help you hone it, and assist you in writing the next chapter. With access to a broad network of legal organizations across LA, Orange County, the Bay Area, and Las Vegas, we are confident we can find the ideal fit for you.

Contract Staffing

For firms

The use of contract employees can be a great alternative for firms facing temporary increases in work volume or for firms looking to gain that extra assurance they have found the ideal candidate for a tough to fill position. We provide qualified contract employees for both support and attorney positions, and handle all administrative and logistical concerns associated with the contract employee.

For candidates

Contract positions can be a good fit for candidates looking to prove themselves in a new practice area, or for those candidates whose current situation demands a bit more flexibility. We work with both support staff and attorneys, and can tailor our search to your specific needs.

Project Teams

For firms

Whether you have a large scale discovery project, trial support, corporate/real estate transaction, or technology rollout, we can provide dedicated professionals to complete the project in a cost efficient manner. As with contract staffing, we handle all the administrative and logistical concerns and can tailor our solution to your exact specifications.

Current openings

Contact

Los Angeles
888 South Figueroa Street
Suite 710
Los Angeles, CA 90017
P: 213-225-0111 | F: 213-225-0110
info@theagencyla.net

San Francisco
425 Market Street
Suite 2200
San Francisco, CA 94105
P: 415-230-3800 | F: 415-230-3879

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