Our Team

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Mason Kalfus is the founder of Zenith Legal. For more than 15 years, he has assisted large law firms with their high-level strategy and lateral partner growth. After working in senior positions managing the lateral partner process at two prominent Washington, D.C. law firms, he started Zenith Legal to provide a service missing from other legal recruiting firms: actual insight into how law firms evaluate lateral partner resumes, interviews, and deal negotiation. He can guide candidates through the process from start to finish to better position them for success in the lateral market, and to find the right platform so that they can be most successful at their new firm. He has special expertise in the candidates that are often attractive to prominent Washington firms: regulatory, legislative, and litigation candidates with experience in the Department of Justice, Congress, and other federal and state regulatory and legislative bodies. 

Mason received his J.D. in 2000 from the University of Chicago Law School and practiced antitrust law at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering in Washington, D.C. He learned business strategy at the elite strategy firm The Boston Consulting Group before turning back to the legal industry as a strategy consultant in 2005. He has placed law firm partners, associates and C-Level staff at prominent AmLaw 100 law firms in Washington DC, New York, and California. 

Mason lives in the Woodley Park neighborhood of Washington, D.C. with his wife and 3 children.

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Ellen Musante is a recruiting professional and strategic advisor serving the professional services industry.  For 32 years, Ellen has worked within AmLaw100 and accounting firms, including C-level roles with Stroock, Milbank, and Dentons US, building and leading their most critical business strategies.  Ellen has designed and executed global strategic plans, managed lateral acquisition, integration and succession-planning initiatives, advised on merger activities, and coached firm leaders. She began her professional services career as a marketing executive, developing an industry reputation for nurturing talent, leading teams, and meeting firm growth goals with innovation and vision.

For nearly a decade of her career, Ellen created and led successful key-account value initiatives for several firms. She has interviewed hundreds of clients, brought their messages back to leadership teams, and built strategies to strengthen business relationships. A visionary with a deep understanding of legal service buyers and current market trends, Ellen is uniquely effective in finding talent and advising firm leadership on revenue-generating growth initiatives.

Ellen has earned an MBA with concentrations in management and marketing, a BA in public relations, and certifications in sales and public relations. She leads a marketing advisory board for the DC Legal Aid Society and serves several other not-for-profits in various volunteer roles.  Ellen is a frequent speaker on firm growth strategy, achieving ROI, succession planning, and lateral integration.  Her April 2020 presentation to the Harvard Club of DC advised job seekers not to quarantine career  plans.

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Shannon Haley Stokes is a talent acquisition specialist and strategic growth advisor.  She spent over 20 years at KPMG in Washington, DC in a variety of senior talent management as well as client management roles.

She is a seasoned professional services consultant specializing in identifying talent, building diverse teams and executing strategic growth plans that combine Big 4 and top tier law firm experience.

She works closely with leadership on organizational development and high yield go-to-market initiatives.