About Reece Legal Search



Reece Legal Search’s mission is simple:


To find the best jobs for candidates and the best lawyers for clients. For candidates, we identify the most career-enhancing employment opportunities available. For clients, we recruit the most talented and accomplished associates, partners and practice groups we can find both nationally and internationally.

Our prestigious law firm client base reflect most mid-sized to large law firms and are located in California's major metropolitan cities, including greater Southern California to Northern California's Bay Area and Silicon Valley.  Further, RLS has been successful in identifying both national and global lateral attorney talent in such regions as New York, Washington D.C., Chicago, Boston, Charlotte, as well as western Europe, Asia, and South America, upon request from several clients.  Our candidates are provided with quality intelligence collected from two decades of experience and research about potential legal employers.

We take a custom approach to each search. RLS pre-qualifies each candidate we present for a client’s consideration — and not just on such tangibles as work experience and academic background. We also make sure the candidate is compatible with the organization’s style and culture.


RLS recruiters manage every phase of the search process, from initial research and screening of candidates, to facilitating and negotiating the final deal. Our individualized search strategy significantly increases the likelihood of a well-matched, long-term placement that improves both the attorney’s career and the client’s bottom line.


RLS understands that the management of lateral placements requires complete confidentiality. As such, we adhere to the National Association of Legal Search Consultants (NALSC), and fully subscribe to the association’s Code of Ethics.


Carl D. Reece
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Carl D. Reece has been an attorney recruiter since 1987.  Before launching RLS in 1999, he was a veteran attorney search consultant with a nationally recognized recruiting firm based in Los Angeles.   He has placed associates and partners at premiere national law firms and Fortune 500 companies, both nationally and internationally. He has enhanced the careers of litigators and transactional attorneys with expertise in a wide array of practice specialties, including corporate securities, finance (including project finance), banking, lending, bankruptcy, tax, intellectual property, real estate and entertainment law.  A contributing panelist and seminar moderator at numerous industry conferences, Mr. Reece has also been a guest columnist for the legal trade paper, the Los Angeles Daily Journal.

He has been a guest lecturer at the University Of Southern California School Of Law. In March 2005, he was invited to be a panelist and faculty for The American Lawyer Media’s Chief Recruiting & Professional Development Officers conference held at the St. Regis in New York City. He is a former Director and Past President of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Legal Search Consultants (NALSC). In 2004, he was appointed by Los Angeles Mayor James Hahn to the Los Angeles Workforce Development Board (WDB) Youth Council. In 2007, he was reappointed by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to the Los Angeles WDB Youth Council.  The WDB Youth Council was mandated by the United States Congress in August 1998, under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), which brings together many federal and state employment, education and training programs under a single umbrella.

Prior to his career as an attorney recruiter, Mr. Reece worked in applied technology and banking.  In Palo Alto, California, he managed the development of instructional software at Syntex Labs.  In New York, he was a credit analyst with the Swiss Bank Corporation.

Mr. Reece received his M.A. degree in Computer-Based Training and Instructional Design from San Francisco State University.  He matriculated at New York University and The New School for Social Research, where he completed graduate courses in the areas of Latin American and Caribbean Studies and International Relations. He earned his B.A. degree in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco.

Johnny D. Griggs
Senior Director
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Johnny Darnell Griggs is Reece Legal Search, Inc.'s new Senior Director. Mr. Griggs is a celebrated attorney with an outstanding record of achievement. He is an award-winning litigator and former "Am Law 20" partner who has handled all aspects of complex business litigation, including defense and prosecution of claims related to business torts and complex business transactions, prosecution and defense of real estate and real estate related claims, defense of toxic tort claims, and defense of land subsidence claims. Mr. Griggs has successfully tried numerous cases in state and federal courts, as well as before arbitration tribunals. He is also recognized as an expert in employment law (including, among other things, privacy, discrimination, retaliation, harassment, diversity and elimination of bias in the workplace). Mr. Griggs serves as an HR consultant specializing in organizational development, workplace investigations and training, and expert witness services. He is a popular speaker on issues pertaining to public education reform, civil rights, diversity and inclusion, and elimination of bias in the legal profession.

Mr. Griggs received his J.D. degree from Yale Law School. He earned his B.A. degree in Communications from Lewis & Clark College.