Our Reason for Being

Hire an Esquire was founded in 2011 as a response to a new way of work emerging; one where talented and skilled attorneys were entrepreneurial and autonomous and could build a career off of the rigid partner track. Our vision included a world where attorneys and law firms and in-house legal departments responded quickly to the pressures of an on-demand economy and the career and business risks associated with a volatile legal market.

In this world, we realized brick & mortar staffing agencies (with their paper, antiquated processes, lack of transparency and high overhead) had to go.

We’ve rebuilt legal recruiting and staffing from the ground up, using a sophisticated online platform that analyzes a candidate’s experience and expertise and matches attorneys with contract and permanent positions at law firms and legal departments of all sizes. The result? Efficient and, dare we say it, enjoyable legal recruiting. 

Since 2012, Hire an Esquire has grown to 14 core employees in 4 offices across the country, with a growing network of over 8,000 vetted legal professionals and 200+ registered Am Law 200 firms, boutique firms, and in-house legal departments. Read more about How It Works or check out our FAQs.

Our Leadership Team

Julia Shapiro

Chief Executive Officer

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

She brings experience from finance, accounting, and tech industries to Hire an Esquire, where she’s all about designing clean, solid processes that empower team members to reach their potential.

Lenny Pratt

Chief Technology Officer

Lenny has a passion for software, technology, and emerging companies. Hire an Esquire is Lenny’s second startup since earning a Computer Science degree.

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

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 helping companies leverage new technologies to solve old problems.

After learning about Hire an Esquire’s exploits, Anuj couldn’t resist the opportunity to simultaneously move the legal and recruiting industries forward. As the Director of Legal Recruiting, he spends his days helping law practices and lawyers build the ultimate working relationships.

Brian Ewing

Director of Marketing

Brian has a background in digital marketing with experience in the startup community. He loves the challenge of helping slow-adoption industries realize the potential of SaaS solutions for their legacy issues.

As Director of Marketing, Brian focuses on expanding the Hire an Esquire network by bringing the highest quality legal professionals and employers onto our platform.

Eric Fox

Director of People Analytics

Eric is an industrial/organizational psychology practitioner who is passionate about the intersection between the quantification of human behavior and employment decisions. He received his Masters in I/O psychology at Baruch, where he focused on personnel selection, psychometrics, organizational development, and organizational culture.

Eric has been working on ways to integrate well-researched I/O psychology principles into Hire an Esquire’s platform in order to facilitate bullseye placements, allowing legal professionals and employers to find their ideal match faster than ever before.