About Us

Meet the team that is reinventing legal staffing


Hire an Esquire has been innovating the way legal professionals work since 2011. We reinvented legal staffing with a proprietary online platform that analyzes a candidate’s experience and expertise to best match them with contract and permanent positions at law firms and legal departments of all sizes - the first system of its kind. The result is efficient and flexible legal staffing, built for a modern workforce.

Today, we’re leading the future of legal work, where talented and skilled attorneys are entrepreneurial and can build a career off of the rigid partner track. We’ve grown to 14 employees in 4 offices across the country with a growing network of 12,000+ vetted legal professionals, and 100+ registered AmLaw 200 firms, boutique firms, and in-house legal departments.

We’re bringing the gig economy to work for our clients and legal professionals. We invite you to become one of them.


What Our Clients Love About Us


Tech-enabled Legal Staffing

Thanks to advanced algorithms, predictive behavior analytics, and a user-friendly platform, Hire an Esquire is a win-win for both sides of the hiring equation, matching up job posters and candidates faster than ever before.

Above the Law



Delightful Experiences

We’ve used multiple resources to find qualified attorneys, and without a doubt Hire an Esquire’s platform not only streamlines the process, but has enabled us to better align the needs of each phase of a project with the capabilities of skilled attorneys in a manner that helps contain costs for our clients.

Jay Hull, Chief Innovation Officer at Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP



Creative Legal Staffing for a Modern Workforce

As the global legal industry shifts toward a scalable and dynamic client-service model, it is critical for law firms to embrace the on-demand workforce. Hire an Esquire is set to change the game for the legal services market. We are delighted to be working with [their] leadership team to drive and shape the future.

John Fernandez, Chief Innovation Officer of Dentons US and Global Chair for Nextlaw Labs


Meet Our Team

Julia Shapiro, CEO and Founder

Julia Shapiro

CEO and Founder

As an attorney, Julia became intrigued by the contract attorney world and those that occupied it – novelists, opera singers, entrepreneurs and dedicated travelers.

Julia is Hire an Esquire’s CEO and is based in San Francisco. She has previously been an adjunct law professor, Am Law 200 contract attorney, and subject matter expert for legal industry clients.

Catherine Enck, Chief Operating Officer

Catherine Enck

Chief Operating Officer

Catherine’s experience guiding a fledgling startup through a merger gives her the perspective and background necessary to sustain a growing company.

As COO, she’s all about designing clean, solid processes that empower team members to reach their potential.

Leonard Pratt, Chief Technology Officer

Leonard Pratt

Chief Technology Officer

Lenny has a passion for software, technology, and emerging companies.

After moving to Pittsburgh from Boston and learning about Hire an Esquire—Lenny wanted to be a part of it. As CTO of Hire an Esquire, Lenny is 100% focused on making Hire an Esquire the place where attorneys go to work.

Anuj Shah, Vice President of Recruiting

Anuj Shah

VP of Recruiting

Anuj is a former startup lawyer and tech founder who has spent his career helping companies and candidates find the right “fit”. He is passionate about leveraging new technologies to solve old problems.

As VP of Recruiting, he spends his days helping law practices and lawyers build the ultimate working relationships.

Eric Fox, Director of People Analytics

Eric Fox

Director of People Analytics

Eric is an Industrial/Organizational psychology practitioner with expertise in employee selection, psychometrics, and data analysis.

He aims to match clients with the right employees utilizing an array of statistical techniques and psychological principles proven to predict job performance in the legal field.

Ben Locher

Ben Locher

Director of Engineering

Tiffany Taylor, Office and Accounting Manager

Tiffany Taylor

Office and Accounting Manager

Jose Sanchez, Front End Developer

Dario Sanchez

Front-End Developer

Brian Ewing, Director of Customer Success

Brian Ewing

Director of Customer Success

Elana Bell, Legal Recruiter and Client Success Manager

Elana Bell

Legal Recruiter and Client Success Manager