Gary Klein

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Managing Director

As the managing director of Klein Landau, Gary founded one of the first legal search firms in Washington, D.C. and has been placing partners, associates and in-house counsel ever since. He has over three decades in the profession and represents both elite law firms and elite lawyers considering a lateral move. Gary believes successful legal recruiting is based on personalized service—forming relationships with law firm decision-makers and with lateral lawyers. He then introduces lateral lawyers to law firms that share similar values and standards of practicing law.

Gary also does significant consulting work on all aspects related to legal recruitment, working on projects such as compensation, integration and market analysis. He was asked to be a member of the inaugural Law360 Editorial Advisory Board and is often quoted in the media on topics related to the business of law.

Gary graduated with Distinction in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He earned his law degree from Northeastern University School of Law. He has worked as a litigator in Washington, D.C., most notably representing the nation’s Air Traffic Controllers (PATCO).

In 2007, Gary graduated from Georgetown University earning a Master’s Degree, summa cum laude. His field of study was Classical Civilizations with a concentration in Greek literature.

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David Landau

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Founding Partner

David Landau joined Klein Landau in 1987. David places attorneys of all levels and has primary responsibility for the training and professional development of the search consultant team. David works closely with the D.C.-area’s top ranked law firms and specialty boutiques and is frequently called upon by both law firm and corporate clients to advise them on their legal recruiting strategies and difficult searches.

David graduated from the University of Maryland and earned his J.D. from the University of Baltimore in 1981. He spent five years as a trial attorney in Maryland and the District of Columbia. He has over 34 years of legal recruiting experience. David formerly served as the head of the American Bar Association’s State Membership for Washington, D.C.

Alex Edelman

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Managing Director Of Partner Recruiting | Deputy Chair, Associate Recruiting Practice Group

Alex joined Klein Landau after a career as a Financial Advisor on the Legal Services Team at Merrill Lynch in Washington, DC. While at Merrill Lynch, Alex was immersed in the law firm community since he focused on clients in the legal industry with partners, associates and legal recruiters as clients and referral sources. In that role, Alex concentrated on the financial metrics affecting Big Law partners, counsels and associates, particularly during career transitions. Alex and his team counseled countless lawyers on the intricacies of Big Law economics and the challenges presented when moving from one firm to another position. Alex’s business and financial planning experience provides him with a unique perspective regarding the challenges of Big Law and the changing needs of the legal community. This perspective allows him to assist both candidates and law firms to create relationships that will meet the goals of both parties.

Alex graduated from The University of Vermont with a degree in Political Science and English. He is a native of the Washington, D.C. area, having graduated from Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, MD. In his free time, Alex works as a photojournalist covering sports and politics in the region.

Tamara Stein

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Legal Recruiter

Tamara joined Klein Landau while attending Suffolk University Law School in Boston. Prior to law school, Tamara worked for years in the non-profit sector at organizations ranging from The National Organization for Women to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Massachusetts. Most recently, Tamara worked at The Victim Rights Law Center in Boston, where she drafted motions, researched case law, and communicated essential status updates to clients with pending cases. While working in development at the ACLU, Tamara coordinated quarterly fundraising events for attorneys in the Boston area, assisted the Board of Directors in their strategic fundraising goals, and conducted outreach to current and potential donors. As a Teen Engagement Specialist at the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago, Tamara created and implemented a multi-year outreach and engagement strategy for parents of teenagers.

She is committed to helping laterals and law firms find placements that are long-lasting, mutually beneficial, and professionally and personally enriching. She also aspires to assist clients to enhance the diversity of their organizations and achieve the goals of the Mansfield Rule.

Tamara graduated from The American University with a degree in Political Science and a certificate in Women, Public Policy, and Political Leadership. As a law student, Tamara is heavily involved in the Suffolk Law community. She is the Treasurer of the Lawyering for Reproductive Justice club, Diversity and Inclusion Committee Representative for the Women’s Law Association, a Member of Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society and National Lawyers Guild, a Marshall Brennan Constitutional Law Fellow, and a Trustee Academic Scholarship Recipient.

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