Above the Bar Elevating Attorney Careers

Meet Our Recruiters

FOUNDER / RECRUITER

MATTHEW POND

[email protected]
310-968-5441

 

RECRUITER

TAYLOR FRIEDLANDER

[email protected]
310-968-1348

 

MATTHEW POND

Life’s an adventure! Chapters of my own include corporate lawyer, documentary filmmaker and legal recruiter; I’ve been an advocate in every role I’ve had which makes me uniquely qualified to represent you. Since 2008 I’ve been placing lawyers in law firms throughout the world, and since January 2012, my focus has been on the California legal market. Allow my experience to help you create the next chapter of your story.

I graduated from the Australian National University with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws. As a recruiter in Sydney, Australia, I placed Australian and New Zealand lawyers in UK and Middle Eastern roles. Prior to working in the recruitment field in the US I was a corporate lawyer with Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison in New York. More recently, I worked at two California legal search firms before founding ATB. In my spare time I enjoy hiking with my dog Joey, meditation and yoga.

TAYLOR FRIEDLANDER

Never stop exploring – every voyage is a teacher. My own journey started in Los Angeles (born and raised). Curious for a change, I went to Amherst College in Massachusetts, where I majored in English and took time to study abroad in the Dominican Republic. Overseas, I volunteered at an orphanage where children faced disadvantages because of injustices within the legal system. These observations motivated me to attend law school and earn my Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine. There, I was heavily involved with the Refugee and Asylum Law Clinic, stepping into the role of Assistant Director when I graduated. I later joined the BARBRI Group to help students pass the bar exam.

I enjoy helping other people, which is what attracts me to legal recruiting. I am excited about finding fulfilling opportunities for attorneys that will both advance their careers and allow them time for the things they love. For me, that means being with family and friends, practicing yoga, hiking, and cooking.

Life’s an adventure! Chapters of my own include corporate lawyer, documentary filmmaker and legal recruiter; I’ve been an advocate in every role I’ve had which makes me uniquely qualified to represent you. Since 2008 I’ve been placing lawyers in law firms throughout the world, and since January 2012, my focus has been on the California legal market. Allow my experience to help you create the next chapter of your story.

I graduated from the Australian National University with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws. As a recruiter in Sydney, Australia, I placed Australian and New Zealand lawyers in UK and Middle Eastern roles. Prior to working in the recruitment field in the US I was a corporate lawyer with Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison in New York. More recently, I worked at two California legal search firms before founding ATB. In my spare time I enjoy hiking with my dog Joey, meditation and yoga.

Never stop exploring – every voyage is a teacher. My own journey started in Los Angeles (born and raised). Curious for a change, I went to Amherst College in Massachusetts, where I majored in English and took time to study abroad in the Dominican Republic. Overseas, I volunteered at an orphanage where children faced disadvantages because of injustices within the legal system. These observations motivated me to attend law school and earn my Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine. There, I was heavily involved with the Refugee and Asylum Law Clinic, stepping into the role of Assistant Director when I graduated. I later joined the BARBRI Group to help students pass the bar exam.

I enjoy helping other people, which is what attracts me to legal recruiting. I am excited about finding fulfilling opportunities for attorneys that will both advance their careers and allow them time for the things they love. For me, that means being with family and friends, practicing yoga, hiking, and cooking.