Our Founder, Frank Michael D’Amore, has a rather unique vantage point that is invaluable to our candidates and clients. This has been derived from his experience as a government agency law clerk, a Partner in a major law firm, serving as a General Counsel in privately-held and publicly-traded companies, becoming a Partner in an international legal recruiting firm, and now successfully running his own recruiting, law firm M&A, and consulting firm for the past nine years.
Frank’s knowledge of the law firm sector began as a litigation Associate for a mid size Philadelphia firm. As a junior associate, he became national outside counsel for one of the leading pharmaceutical and medical device companies in the U.S. Frank ultimately became a Partner in an AmLaw 200 firm, where he tried cases and built a sizable practice. His recruiting and consulting skills also took root there, as Frank ran his firm’s Summer Program and was an active member of its Hiring and Business Development Committees.
The siren call of in house sounded for Frank, as he joined the Fort Worth, Texas legal department of long-time client, Alcon Laboratories, in 1994. Frank expanded beyond litigation, as he learned other facets of practice. He also became active in the American Corporate Counsel Association (now known as the Association of Corporate Counsel), where Frank served as Co-Chair of the Law Department Management Committee.
Frank first became a General Counsel with Graphic Controls, a $250MM medical device and industrial products manufacturer based in Buffalo, New York. He became enmeshed in all aspects of the company’s business and also dove much deeper into the transactional and regulatory sides of the law. The work that Frank now does in the law firm M&A sector traces its origin to his stint at Graphic Controls, as Frank was an integral member of the team that led his company through its sale to Tyco International. Frank was intimately involved in that deal, which included working with some of New York’s top law firms and investment banking leaders, such as Chase and Morgan Stanley.
Frank’s in house experiences triggered a strong interest in running a business in the legal industry. He realized that objective in 2001, when Frank opened the Philadelphia office of Major, Hagen & Africa (now known as Major, Lindsey & Africa), an international legal recruiting firm. Despite opening in the midst of an economic downturn, and against heavily entrenched competition, Frank put his office on the map. He became a Partner in the firm, chaired its in house recruiting department, and demonstrated an innate ability to master Partner recruiting.
In 2005, Frank achieved the dream of putting his imprimatur on his own firm. Frank could better capitalize on his nationwide contacts and burgeoning interest in law firm M&A, which have blossomed in Attorney Career Catalysts. Frank has consummated three law firm mergers since starting the firm, has developed a renowned and sophisticated partner/group recruiting practice, and has continued to do selected in house searches. Although based in suburban Philadelphia, Frank has worked with partners, firms, and companies throughout the U.S. (and abroad).
Frank writes a popular column, “The Business of Law,” which appears monthly in The Legal Intelligencer and is often picked up by other publications around the world that are part of the ALM family. His articles and comments have also frequently appeared a broad range of publications, including Law360, The Philadelphia Business Journal, The National Law Journal, The American Lawyer, and a growing number of blogs.
Frank is a Philadelphia native who graduated, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Boston College in 1981. He received his law degree from the George Washington University National Law Center in 1984, during which time he clerked in the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Frank is married to his wife, Yvonne, who shares his interests in the arts, an unending fascination with their standard poodle, Teefy, and in doing charitable work. Frank is also an avid sports enthusiast who enjoys playing golf, tennis, and working out. He also has a deep interest in Eastern philosophy, medicine, and practices, which include yoga, meditation, Qigong, TCM, and Ayurveda.
Frank is especially proud to serve as the webmaster, www.stjohns73.com, for his grade school class, the one-of-a-kind St. John of the Cross Class of 1973. Despite the passage of more than forty years since they first attended school together, a large portion of this 110 member class remain united and in contact today.
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