In-House Opportunity – Transactions Counsel

Villasenor & Associates is delighted to share with you a new, exclusive in-house opportunity.  

Our client, a thriving and innovative company, is a full-service investment and asset management firm operating throughout the country with divisions focused on affordable housing, capital investments, the energy sector, insurance, and more.  As a result of tremendous growth over the last number of years, the company is seeking to bring on an experienced attorney as Transactions Counsel, ideally based in Southern CA, but open to other locations, as well. 


Transactions Counsel will work with the Chief Legal Officer on a wide range of sophisticated transactions across multiple industries.  Counsel will work closely with outside firms and internal team members to ensure Company contracts are high-quality and consistent across transactions in order to help fulfill the Legal Department’s risk mitigation function.  In addition to the transactional work, Counsel will review and comment on material third-party contracts entered into by the Company, such as contracts with vendors or service providers at our properties.  Counsel will also assist the Chief Legal Officer in developing, implementing and overseeing all policies and procedures for Legal Department processes.  Compensation is highly competitive (market-level), plus incentive bonus and comprehensive benefits, all commensurate with experience.


•  Excellent academic credentials and a law degree from a top university

•  Admission to CA Bar (or another state)

•  Minimum of 5+ years of experience with a focus on real estate transactional work, ideally gained at a large law firm and/or in-house with a major company

•  Proven negotiating skills, with both legal and financial/commercial issues

•  Strong interpersonal and presentation skills

•   Desire to work in a fast-paced entrepreneurial environment

•   Ability to communicate effectively with others at all levels of the Company

This is an active search and it will be filled quickly.  If you (or someone you know) is interested, please contact me directly with your resume, law school transcript, deal sheet and any other relevant materials.


Spencer Villaseñor


Office: (323) 879-9640

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Sr. L&E Position – Advice/Counsel + Some Litigation (NO BOOK NEEDED)

I’m pleased to share with you an exciting opportunity for a Senior Labor & Employment attorney with a fantastic national firm.  I work with this firm regularly (have placed multiple attorneys) and the feedback on all levels has always been terrific.  I’m very well-connected to help explore this opportunity.

The ideal candidate will have 7+ years of experience and will have significant counseling and some employment litigation experience.  Preferably, the candidate should have gained the majority of this experience in an L&E group or an employment boutique firm. The attorney’s practice will focus on providing advice and counseling to clients concerning employment law issues, with additional work on employment litigation, including single plaintiff and class action matters.

This firm routinely draws top talent from big firms – they can continue to offer competitive salaries, opportunities to work on interesting matters and a truly collegial work environment.

Please reach out today – I’d be more than happy to discuss further!

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Real Estate Attorneys: You can make Partner OR work Part-Time (remote, if desired)

Good Afternoon,

I’m working with a thriving boutique real estate firm that is seeking experienced attorneys who have a comprehensive transactional real estate practice.  There are opportunities to join this firm in a couple of different capacities. 

1) Counsel/Partner – Fighting to make Partner at a BigLaw firm can be a very frustrating and often unsuccessful endeavor.  If you’re feeling like you’ve hit a ceiling and your firm no longer offers meaningful growth potential, this could be a great time to get in at the ground floor of a growing firm.

2) Part-Time – maybe you’re over the long hours and would like to have a bit more work/life balance.  If so, this very same firm is offering the chance to work on a reduced-hours schedule, including the ability to work remotely.  In this scenario, there would be little to no supervision, so you must be extremely comfortable with managing all types of real estate transactions.

Please contact me today to discuss further!

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Seeking Litigation/Trial Attorneys for Boutique Firm

We are currently working with a very busy boutique litigation firm here in Los Angeles that is seeking to add experienced Trial/Litigation attorneys.

The ideal candidate will have gained substantive experience (7+ years), preferably at a BigLaw firm, but who maybe feels they have hit a wall or a plateau in their practice.  This position will offer significant hands-on responsibility, a competitive compensation package and legit Partnership prospects.  In fact, if you have the requisite skill set and pedigree, there is a REAL possibility of lateraling into this firm as a Partner. 

This is a terrific chance to be part of a growing firm and you’ll be working alongside some of the best trial litigators on complex and precedent-setting matters.

Contact Spencer Villasenor to discuss today!

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New Office = New Opportunities

Good Afternoon and Happy Friday! Hopefully, your evening and weekend will NOT be spent in the office.

I’m reaching out today with an exciting GROWTH opportunity with a newly-established office in Los Angeles.

This new office will consist primarily of transplants from other offices so as to maintain continuity in the firm’s culture, office environment and quality of services, but they are looking to add additional stellar Corporate Associates. The Firm is extremely well-regarded and has a very rich history of working with technology and other early stage/emerging company clients.

This is a true “ground-floor” opportunity with potential for immediate and sustained growth. There will be heavy competition for these roles, so working with the right recruiter is crucial. I have an established relationship with the firm, I have successfully placed attorneys there and am personally close with the now-local attorneys – as such, I am in an ideal position to assist you in exploring this role.

This is a very active search, so if you are interested please contact me immediately to discuss further.

Spencer Villasenor
Phone: (323) 936-4880

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Seeking Corporate Attorneys to start L.A. Practice Group

I am very pleased to announce a unique opportunity to LEAD the Corporate Practice in the Los Angeles office of a well-known and very highly-regarded law firm.

My client is an international firm with a significant West Coast presence, and with offices throughout the country.  The firm is full-service and consistently receives accolades for its work across a variety of practice areas.  While the firm does have an established national Corporate practice, there is a strong desire to build out a local team and thus develop a true footprint here in Los Angeles.  Ideally, elements of this future practice would include: emerging growth companies, venture capital, and startup experience, along with the more traditional M&A, finance, securities, etc.

The ideal candidate(s) fall into two categories:

1) A Partner or Group of attorneys with a portable book of business in the $1-2M+ range.  If there are additional attorneys in your group, as well, that would be welcome.  Billing rates can be flexible, but the book must be established and consistent.

2) Senior Associate or Counsel from premier BigLaw firm (no book needed).  Perhaps your BigLaw firm is not supporting your growth and might even be stunting it by turning away potential clients?  Or perhaps the “Path to Partnership” remains ever-elusive and you’re inclined to explore a new, realistic path.  This could be the opportunity you’ve been looking for.

Please contact us today to discuss further.

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This Book of Business Can Be Yours

I am very pleased to share this exciting opportunity.

A seasoned Real Estate Partner in the Los Angeles office of an international firm has plans to retire at the end of this year.  He is currently seeking an attorney to help service his existing clients and, ultimately, take over his book of business, which has consistently been in the $500k – $600k range.

The ideal candidate for this position will be a Senior Associate/Counsel/Junior Partner with a portable book of business that would keep him/her busy about 30%-40% of the time.  The remaining hours would be helping to service the business of the retiring partner.  Billing rates are in the $500-$600/hr range but are flexible for the right person.

This is a unique opportunity to gain experience and mentorship under a terrific Partner, on an international platform and with the promise of a sizable book of business in the very near future.

Please reach out today so that we may discuss the firm and opportunity further.

Hector Villasenor

Villasenor & Associates
Phone: (323) 936-4880

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New Year, New Opportunities!

We may have started a new year, but the demand for real estate attorneys remains as strong as ever!  So, now that you’ve received your bonus, there’s nothing standing in the way of getting your dream job.

We have a number of client firms (of varying sizes and types) that are seeking experienced real estate attorneys with experience in acquisitions, dispositions, leasing, joint venture, financing, etc.  Now is a fantastic time to leverage this high demand for your services and leverage this position of power.  Perhaps you want to make more money?  Or perhaps you’d like to get on a Partner track with real potential, not just the “promise” of partnership sometime in the distant future.  Either way, we have opportunities of all kinds to fit your needs.  Even if you’re a senior attorney (7-10 years), I have positions that do not require a portable book.

Perhaps you feel that now isn’t the right time to make a move, however we do have a referral program! If you refer a candidate whom we ultimately place, we will pay you a bonus, so reach out and/or refer today!

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Boutique Firm + Above Market-Rate Comp!

We are so pleased to share this exciting new opportunity in the Los Angeles area!

Our client, a rapidly expanding boutique firm, is seeking an experienced Real Estate attorney to support the firm’s thriving practice. This is a chance to work with stellar attorneys who have left behind the “Big Law” model in order to offer a friendly and collaborative environment while still working on interesting and significant matters. Furthermore, for the right person, the firm is willing and ready to pay above-market compensation. In addition to the generous compensation package, the firm offers REAL growth and Partnership opportunities.

The ideal candidate will be well-versed in all transactional matters, but especially so in leasing matters. The position offers a chance to work closely with a well-known brand that is currently rolling out its global expansion. In addition to a strong focus on leasing, there will also be opportunities to work on other real estate matters such as acquisitions and dispositions, due diligence, joint ventures, and some financings.

This is a truly unique opportunity – please reach out today to discuss further if you are interested.

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Opportunity for ERISA Partner

I am pleased to share an exciting new opportunity here in Los Angeles for an ERISA Litigation Partner! Having just personally met with the firm’s National Litigation Practice Chair, we are in a unique position to provide detailed information, as well as direct access to the decision-makers at the firm.

Our client (a Top-100 U.S. law firm) is seeking an ERISA Litigation Partner who will reside in the firm’s Los Angeles but will help to service the firm’s clients throughout CA and nationwide. The ideal candidate will have a full range of experience in all matters related to ERISA, executive compensation, employee benefits, etc. Portable business is not absolutely necessary, but a small book in the range of $250K-$500K would be ideal.

The Firm has been widely recognized as among the most forward thinking and innovative law firms in the country and the ideals of collegiality and collaboration are not just keywords here, but rather they are truly a way of life at the firm. Furthermore, there is a sincere commitment to equality, diversity, and inclusion, clearly evidenced in a number of ways throughout the firm.

This is a great opportunity to grow and enhance your practice by joining a collaborative and diverse group of attorneys on a supportive and proven platform.

We hope to hear from you soon!

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