Howard-Sloan Legal Search

Legal Search

With over fifty five years of experience, we are proud that Howard-Sloan Legal Search is one of the most recognized and well-respected executive search firms in the world. We are dedicated to identifying and recruiting the right people — effectively and efficiently. Our reputation has been built on our ability to search out top-notch candidates who can contribute to your organization’s success now and into the future.

Our clients rely upon us to understand their history, industry, competition, corporate culture and the candidates. Matching skills to job requirements … individuals to corporate cultures … offering insight in the selection process … these are the elements that are paramount to our success.

At Howard-Sloan Legal Search, we pioneered the concept of specialized search practices, and we continue to expand our capabilities to meet our clients’ specific needs. We are dedicated to providing the highest level of service to our clients and candidates in practice areas such as litigation, corporate, intellectual property, real estate, tax and privacy.

The foundation of Howard-Sloan Legal Search is a gifted team of search consultants, well known for their abilities to develop and nurture extraordinary relationships with clients and candidates. Our long-term relationships, industry knowledge, sophisticated and continuously updated database and global network facilitate the search.

We conduct our business honestly, with the greatest sense of integrity. Our founder, Stephen H. Berger, was one of the creators of the National Association of Legal Search Consultants, the organization created to establish an industry ethics code and to promote the highest level of professionalism. We pledge to uphold his original ideals. Commitment to excellence is the hallmark of our organization.

Our Legal Team

Undoubtedly, our firm’s success is attributable to an extraordinary group of experienced people dedicated to offering smart recruitment solutions to strengthen client organizations. Many of our search consultants are attorneys and hold advanced degrees and professional certifications.


President, Howard-sloan Legal Search

Joyce Talmadge is President of Howard-Sloan Legal Search and, for 30 years, the Director of the Intellectual Property Group. Joyce specializes in Intellectual Property nationwide and internationally for law firms and corporations.

Joyce has been a featured speaker before such groups as the Association of Corporate Patent Counsel, and she has had articles published in The National Law Journal and Corporate Legal Times. Joyce has testified as an expert witness in the area of Intellectual Property recruitment. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Columbia University and graduated cum laude from Barnard College.


American Intellectual Property Law Association
Association of Corporate Patent Counsel



Senior Vice President, In-house And Law

Nancy J. Alzerez, Esq., is Senior Vice President of In-House and Law Firm Placement for the New York tri-state area and has been recruiting since 1997. She specializes in the placement of corporate attorneys in all areas of expertise on behalf of in-house legal departments and law firms. Nancy places in-house attorneys at all levels ranging from staff attorney to General Counsel. Her diversified client base includes Fortune 500 companies, investment banks, commercial banks, asset management companies and funds.

Prior to becoming an executive recruiter, Nancy was a litigation associate at Lansner & Kubitschek where her practice focused on Federal Civil Rights and family law matters. Nancy has a J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and a B.A. in History from Brandeis University.


Vice President, Intellectual Property

Eric Cwass, Esq., Vice President, specializes in the placement of intellectual property attorneys worldwide. His clients include corporations, intellectual property boutiques and general practice law firms.

Eric joined Howard-Sloan Legal Search in 1997 and has more than 25 years of experience in legal recruiting.

Eric received his B.A. in Psychology from Stony Brook University and his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School.



Vice President, Intellectual Property

Meredith J. Ritter, Vice President, specializes in the recruitment and placement of intellectual property attorneys nationwide. For over a decade, her clients have included intellectual property boutiques, general practice law firms and corporations.

Meredith received her B.B.A. from George Washington University.


Vice President, Partners/Groups/Mergers

Deborah A. Garfield, Esq., Vice President, joined Howard-Sloan Legal Search in 1999. Previously, she practiced law as an associate at Gordon Altman Butowsky Weitzen Shalov & Wein and she served as an Assistant General Counsel of Prudential Mutual Funds, Inc. Her understanding of the legal landscape is invaluable in connection with placing individual partners and partner groups and with respect to negotiating law firm mergers.

Deborah received her J.D., cum laude, from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where she was an editor of the Cardozo Arts and Entertainment Law Journal. She earned an A.B. in English, cum laude, from Bryn Mawr College.

Deborah is happily married and the proud mother of twins.



Vice President, Partners/Groups/Mergers

Louise J. Gilmore, Esq., Vice President, specializes in the focused recruitment and placement of highly-regarded partners and practice groups, the strategic opening of offices, and law firm mergers. Louise brings more than twenty-five years of legal experience as an attorney, litigator and law teacher in the areas of labor, employment, telecommunications and entertainment law. Louise is admitted to practice law in Texas and Ohio.

Previously, Louise served as the CEO of the American Guild of Musical Artists, a national performing arts union. She worked abroad as a Ford Foundation Fellow and as an attorney for the U.S. Agency for International Development. Louise was a law professor at Metropolitan College of New York in the graduate program for Media Management and a participant in the Harvard Program on Negotiations.

Louise received a B.A. from Harvard University and a J.D., with honors, from the University of Toledo College of Law, where she was elected Editor of the Law Journal and captain of the championship National Moot Court team.


President, Legal Services

Joe Alonzo is head of Howard-Sloan Legal Services division where he and his group help global providers of software and services in the commercial litigation market build their teams. The group handles a wide range of positions in the Electronic Discovery “eDiscovery”, computer forensic, litigation support and data governance verticals of the legal industry. Focusing on positions in enterprise sales and sales management to project management / directors, law department consulting and operations as well as litigation support. Joe brings 15 years of direct recruiting experience to Howard-Sloan and 10 years of recruiting specialization in the eDiscovery / computer forensic industry; this contributed to his division recently being awarded Winner for Best Legal Recruiter in 2018 New York Law Journal “Best of”. In addition, Joe served for nearly four years as President of the NYC Metro Chapter for the Association of Certified eDiscovery Professionals (ACEDS), a 4,000 member national organization geared towards industry certification, education, professional development, collaboration and networking among other industry professionals.