A Team Of Professionals
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…
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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.
Ellen Musante is a recruiting professional and strategic advisor serving the professional services industry. For 32 years, Ellen has worked within AmLaw100…
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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.
Jonathan Burky is a recruiting professional with a varied professional background in law and engineering…
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Jonathan Burky is a recruiting professional with a varied professional background in law and engineering.
Jonathan began his career working as a civil and environmental engineer at a large consulting firm in San Francisco. He then attended Washington University School of Law and graduated in 2007. He started his legal career at a non-profit organization in Boston, practicing mainly IP and employment law. He later worked at Reed Smith in San Francisco and focused on financial services litigation. Jonathan also has experience with real estate and insurance litigation. He has a penchant for taking bar exams and has passed four of them including Massachusetts, Idaho, California, and Utah (thankfully, Washington granted reciprocity).
Jonathan began his legal career in 2008 – at a time when associate positions (especially for new graduates) were scarce. He spent day after day in a coffee shop reviewing and revising his resume and sending it off to countless firms. He learned the value of thinking positively and being open to new and exciting possibilities. Down the road, he was frequently approached by law school alumnae and recent graduates seeking job hunting advice. He helped review and revise resumes and gave tips on interviewing with firms.
Helping law school alumnae find associate positions led to Jonathan’s transition from litigation to legal recruiting. Jonathan places associates and partners at law firms nationally.
Jonathan lives in Park City, Utah, with his wife and two children. When Jonathan is not working, you can find him skiing or on a tennis court.
Adam Arian has been a recruiter with Zenith Legal for two years. In that time he has placed candidates at some of the top law firms in the country…
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Adam Arian has been a recruiter with Zenith Legal for two years. In that time he has placed candidates at some of the top law firms in the country.
He is a graduate of Brown University, and has his MFA in theater directing from UC San Diego. As a director, much of his life has been spent finding and recognizing talent and placing them in the roles they were born to play! He also acts and sings and resides in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.
Arielle is a legal professional residing in the city of Philadelphia. She has a background in criminal law with a strong desire to help clients find their perfect fit…
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Arielle is a legal professional residing in the city of Philadelphia. She has a background in criminal law with a strong desire to help candidates find their perfect fit. When she’s not working, she’s playing her violin or reading classic history books.
Teresa lives in the Norfolk, Virginia area and when she’s not on the beach she is one of the most effective legal recruiters in the country…
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Teresa lives in the Norfolk, Virginia area and when she’s not on the beach she is one of the most effective legal recruiters in the country. She tells it like it is (no false promises or b.s.) and has placed associates all over the country at some of the most prestigious firms in the US. Fancy law degree? No. Can sell ice to an Eskimo? Yes.