Madole Legal Search

Please contact us with any questions, to obtain additional information, and/or to initiate a search. All inquiries will be held in the strictest confidence.

About Us

Madole Legal Search specializes in Washington, D.C. focused legal recruiting of top attorneys with law firms and companies. The Washington legal market is sophisticated and academically competitive. It ebbs and flows as a function of the overall economy and due to supply and demand influences that are unique to Washington. Whether you are a candidate, law firm or company, working with a D.C. based legal recruiter who has extensive experience in the DC legal market is critical to ensure an effective, time efficient and ultimately successful search.

Our Commitment to Privacy

We recognize that discretion and confidentiality are of the utmost importance to our clients and candidates. We take every precaution in this regard. We have been privileged to work with many attorneys seeking to explore their options here in Washington. We have successfully assisted these lawyers with career transitions to law firms and to corporate in-house legal departments. We would be pleased to speak with you about your career planning.

Our Experience

• Placing over 120 candidates in law firm and in-house positions.

• Obtaining interviews for candidates at over 300 firms and companies.

• Conducting over 200 client meetings with law firms and companies across the Washington Metropolitan Area.

• Providing presentations and counseling to students at law schools including Harvard, Stanford, University of Pennsylvania, University of Michigan, Catholic University, George Washington University, and George Mason University.

• Providing career planning advice and counseling to in-house attorneys as part of the Washington Metro Area Corporate Counsel Association’s (WMAACA) Career Development Forums.

• Authoring articles published in the Legal Times, including “Tell Me About Yourself: The Best Interviews,”(September 3, 2007) and “An Interview Must: Do Your Homework.”(January 5, 2009).

Our Recruiting Approach

We believe a recruiter’s strength lies in his or her ability to develop open and candid relationships with clients and candidates. This is essential to successful recruiting and long lasting placements. To develop such relationships, we invest considerable time and effort getting to know our clients and candidates, while using the utmost discretion throughout the process. Our goal is to have relationships based on trust and mutual respect, and to serve as honest brokers in the marketplace.

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Client Approach

We meet with our law firm and company clients on an ongoing basis to keep our market knowledge fluent and relevant as the market evolves. In client meetings we try to get a feel for your culture, your various practice groups and/or business clients, the relative pace of the workload, and what types of candidates tend to excel in your workplace. We also ask about your preferred ways of working with us so we can offer the best services to you in the ways that work well for you. Throughout the process we provide market feedback about the relative size of the candidate pool we expect to identify for your review, the difficulty of a particular search, reasons candidates are declining interest, etc. to enable you to adjust the search strategy if desired. Outside of an active search we are always happy to provide information about the current state of the legal market, compensation data points and trends, etc. In short, our recruiting approach is rooted in the belief that discretion, transparency, market knowledge, and thoughtfulness are the necessary attributes every recruiter should possess. At Madole Legal Search we offer these to the candidates and clients that we have the privilege of assisting in the Washington legal market.

Candidate Approach

In order to do our job well, we meet with all of our candidates in person at the outset of their search. We have found this is the best way to really get to know candidates on a professional and personal level. At the same time we understand the time constraints you face in your practice and we promise to make efficient use of your time. We will comprehensively vet your substantive legal skills in your practice area. We will also discuss a number of other factors with you including work ethos, personality and sense of humor, business development acumen (or lack of interest in) and client management skills, among others. We are not trying to “sell” you on the latest hot job. We are eager to get to know you and offer you meaningful information on the market. We enjoy serving as career counselors and sounding boards as you are planning for the near and long term. Some candidates want to position themselves for partnership within a law firm; some want to gain greater access to a particular kind of work within their practice area; others want to develop the relevant skills to transition to in-house practice. We also work with in-house counsel exploring their next in-house role.


Since 2006 Sadie Madole has specialized in legal recruiting in Washington, D.C., focusing her practice on associate and in-house placements. Sadie practiced law for 10 years prior to legal recruiting.

Placements and Interviews

Over the last ten years, Sadie has placed over 120 lawyers in positions with law firms and companies in Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia. She has also obtained over 300 interviews for candidates (including first and second rounds, lunches, and final rounds with Managing Partners, General Counsels and CEO’s). At each stage of the interview cycle, Sadie coaches candidates on interviewing strategies, including how to tell their story, the relevant data points to research on firms and companies, questions to ask interviewers, and questions to expect.

Client Relationships

Sadie has developed longstanding relationships with law firms, recruiting coordinators, companies and human resource professionals in downtown DC, Virginia and Maryland. Sadie meets with clients routinely to foster and maintain these relationships. Over the years Sadie has met with over 200 clients, including over half of the AmLaw 200 firms, Fortune 500 and start up companies, and boutique law firms.

Presentations, Forums and Publications

Sadie has given presentations and/or provided counseling to students at law schools including Harvard, Stanford, University of Pennsylvania, University of Michigan, Catholic University, George Washington University, and George Mason University. The presentations have discussed which practice areas are currently in demand in DC, credentials and competitiveness, preparing for interviews, and strategies for pursuing public and private sector hiring. Sadie has provided career planning advice and counseling to in- house attorneys on topics including resume preparation, networking strategies, interview preparation, and the use of social media in a job search as part of the Washington Metro Area Corporate Counsel Association’s (WMAACA) Career Development Forums in March of 2014 and November 2013. Sadie has also authored articles published in the Legal Times, including “Tell Me About Yourself: The Best Interviews,” (September 3, 2007) and “An Interview Must: Do Your Homework.” (January 5, 2009).

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Prior Professional Experience

Before Sadie established Madole Legal Search, she worked for over eight years as an Attorney Search Consultant and Senior Managing Director at a preeminent Washington recruiting firm recognized as the best legal recruiter in DC for several years.

Sadie practiced law for 10 years before transitioning to legal recruiting. From 2001 to 2006 Sadie served as Senior Counsel and Attorney-Advisor in the Office of the General Counsel of the Treasury Department. Sadie advised the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Management on government contracts, appropriations, health and pension benefit plans, privacy and employment matters. Before her public service, Sadie was a litigation associate for five years with a boutique where she specialized in healthcare, ERISA and insurance defense litigation. Sadie also worked for NBC Network News in Washington as a Futures Editor where she covered news events including Supreme Court arguments and Congressional hearings. Sadie interviewed Cabinet and Congressional members, the Attorney General and several preeminent attorneys for use on NBC Nightly News, the Today show and MSNBC.

Sadie graduated from Catholic University, Columbus School of Law in 1994, where she served as Associate Editor of the Journal of Contemporary Health Law and Policy. She received her Bachelor of Science in Political Science, cum laude, in 1991 from Arizona State University.