Legal Staffing by Legal Professionals.

Let us make our expertise work for you.

Legal Staffing by Legal Professionals.

Let us make our expertise work for you.

Legal Staffing by Legal Professionals.

Let us make our expertise work for you.

Legal Staffing by Legal Professionals.

Let us make our expertise work for you.

Legal Staffing by Legal Professionals.

Let us make our expertise work for you.

Legal Staffing by Legal Professionals.

Let us make our expertise work for you.

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

Founder and Principal

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

Founder and Principal

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.

Amber McKelvy

Executive Director

Amber McKelvy has 8+ years of legal recruiting experience in the Southern California, Northern California, and Las Vegas markets. Amber obtained her B.A., cum laude in International Political Science from Tulane University, where she played on the Women’s Division 1 Soccer Team and she was involved with her sorority, Pi Beta Phi. After completing her undergraduate degree, Amber spent time working for Clear Channel Communications in their promotions/marketing department in Burbank. In 2003, Amber returned to New Orleans to earn her J.D. from Tulane School of Law with a Certificate in Sports Law. In 2007, Amber joined a publicly traded international recruiting firm in Los Angeles specializing in both temporary and direct hire placements for law firms and corporate legal departments. In 2009, Amber joined a privately held recruiting firm before joining The Agency in 2011. Amber enjoys working closely with both clients and candidates to develop long-term relationships. Amber is an inactive member of the California Bar. Amber’s current role with The Agency focuses on lateral associate and partner placements with both law firms and in-house legal departments.

Lisa Kim

Recruiting Administrator

Lisa Kim received a BA in English, with a concentration in Music and Government, from St. Lawrence University. She began her legal career as an advocate for a law firm in Northern California. While building relationships with Administrative Law Judges, Federal employees and medical professionals, she was able to efficiently and successfully help hundreds of clients pursue their claims. In 2014, she moved to Southern California to join The Agency Legal Staffing as a legal recruiter.

Alonda Burkley

Executive Director

Alonda Burkley is our Recruiting Manager for our Bay Area office covering San Francisco, East Bay and Silicon Valley. Alonda has over fifteen years of human resources and recruiting experience both in and out of the legal industry. Alonda spent over ten years working at a large AmLaw 100 firm prior to moving to the staffing and recruiting industry. As a recruiter, Alonda has experience in all facets of full-cycle recruiting in various industries, including legal, finance, and public agencies. In addition, she has strong knowledge and experience handling employment relations, leadership and employment development matters.

Mark Thompson

Recruiting Administrator

Mark Thompson received his B.S. degree in Criminal Justice from the California State University, Dominguez Hills. He began his legal career as an assistant at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles and later moved to San Diego for the opportunity to work for the District Attorney’s Office. He then transitioned to a prestigious family law firm where he gained valuable administrative skills, which enabled him to organize and prepare legal documents, case reviews, and conduct research. Mark has established himself as a professional whose use of empathy and diligence permits him to build and strengthen relationships with clients. Mark brings to the team a unique recruiting style and strong work ethic. His legal experience makes him an asset to the staff and aligns well with The Agency's focus.

Tawana Sweatt

Administrative Assistant

Raunn Ross

Founder and Principal

(213) 225-0111

Amy Goldware

Founder and Principal

(213) 225-0111

Amber McKelvy

Executive Director

(818) 723-9063

Lisa Kim

Recruiting Administrator

(213) 225-0111

Alonda Burkley

Executive Director

(415) 230-3800

Mark Thompson

Recruiting Administrator

(213) 225-0111

Tawana Sweatt

Administrative Assistant

(213) 225-0111

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 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.

Amber McKelvy has 8+ years of legal recruiting experience in the Southern California, Northern California, and Las Vegas markets. Amber obtained her B.A., cum laude in International Political Science from Tulane University, where she played on the Women’s Division 1 Soccer Team and she was involved with her sorority, Pi Beta Phi. After completing her undergraduate degree, Amber spent time working for Clear Channel Communications in their promotions/marketing department in Burbank. In 2003, Amber returned to New Orleans to earn her J.D. from Tulane School of Law with a Certificate in Sports Law. In 2007, Amber joined a publicly traded international recruiting firm in Los Angeles specializing in both temporary and direct hire placements for law firms and corporate legal departments. In 2009, Amber joined a privately held recruiting firm before joining The Agency in 2011. Amber enjoys working closely with both clients and candidates to develop long-term relationships. Amber is an inactive member of the California Bar. Amber’s current role with The Agency focuses on lateral associate and partner placements with both law firms and in-house legal departments.

Lisa Kim received a BA in English, with a concentration in Music and Government, from St. Lawrence University. She began her legal career as an advocate for a law firm in Northern California. While building relationships with Administrative Law Judges, Federal employees and medical professionals, she was able to efficiently and successfully help hundreds of clients pursue their claims. In 2014, she moved to Southern California to join The Agency Legal Staffing as a legal recruiter.

Alonda Burkley is our Recruiting Manager for our Bay Area office covering San Francisco, East Bay and Silicon Valley. Alonda has over fifteen years of human resources and recruiting experience both in and out of the legal industry. Alonda spent over ten years working at a large AmLaw 100 firm prior to moving to the staffing and recruiting industry. As a recruiter, Alonda has experience in all facets of full-cycle recruiting in various industries, including legal, finance, and public agencies. In addition, she has strong knowledge and experience handling employment relations, leadership and employment development matters.

Mark Thompson received his B.S. degree in Criminal Justice from the California State University, Dominguez Hills. He began his legal career as an assistant at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles and later moved to San Diego for the opportunity to work for the District Attorney’s Office. He then transitioned to a prestigious family law firm where he gained valuable administrative skills, which enabled him to organize and prepare legal documents, case reviews, and conduct research. Mark has established himself as a professional whose use of empathy and diligence permits him to build and strengthen relationships with clients. Mark brings to the team a unique recruiting style and strong work ethic. His legal experience makes him an asset to the staff and aligns well with The Agency's focus.

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

Start a conversation...

Submit