Successful Searches

We successfully completed 99% of searches.

Search Completion

Searches were completed on average in 111 days with 47% completed in 90 days or fewer.

Client Offers

Clients made offers after interviewing an average of 4 candidates.

Client Referrals

100% of our new clients have come from referrals.

Client Recommendations

96% of our clients say they would be likely/very likely to recommend us.


92% of our clients say they would be likely/very likely to retain us again.


Legal Recruiting & Consulting Done Right

Success in the legal profession is based on one’s ability to think strategically and perceptively. Communicate effectively. And be an attentive listener.

Yet, many executive search firms and staffing companies are more interested in closing the deal than mindfully closing the chasm between high-quality candidates and their perfect professional match. Today it seems headhunting has become a lost art. Except at Shuart.

Shuart & Associates is more than a legal recruiting boutique. We are the embodiment of how law firm, corporate legal department, legal support and legal contract recruitment should be done. With interest. Care. And with a consistent, proven ability to marry the right legal professional with the right legal job.

Our unique philosophy serves our clients well, achieving enviable, long-lasting results. These relationships, built on mutual respect and understanding, span our 25-year history, and are a testament to our agile, proactive approach. No one is more on the pulse of our local industry and nationwide legal trends. No one spends more time diving into your story and clarifying your goals. No one puts more priority on finding the right fit.

No, headhunting isn’t a lost art. You just have to know where to look.

Leave the Legal Recruiting to Us

For a short second, you may think, “I can do this. I can recruit on my own.” But then you realize why that’s not the most efficient approach.

Finding good people is very hard to do. Especially when it comes to the legal profession, which leaves little or no room for error. Why does the team at Shuart spend 100% of our time vetting the industry’s most intelligent, reliable, talented legal candidates? So you don’t have to.

The amount of effort we save you is immeasurable. Our sourcing tools are state-of-the-art. Our screening process is professional and expeditious. And best of all, our 25+ years of expertise free you up to get your job done.

Yes, you can do this—with help from your favorite legal recruiter. Case closed.

Our Team


One of the attorneys I worked for told me, ‘Use your paralegal experience to find something you really like to do.’ The rest is recruiting history.”

Thirty years of being a successful legal recruiter and Darnell is still excited to get to her desk every morning. She feels that it is both a privilege and honor to work with clients and candidates who she really likes, and that the opportunity to be of service and help is very satisfying. Before working as a legal recruiter, Darnell was a paralegal in New Orleans—that’s when she received that bit of life-changing advice from her boss. She started Shuart & Associates to help people find careers that they truly love, knowing first-hand that it’s the very best way to achieve contentment and joy in life.


“My husband’s favorite joke? That my t-shirt should state: ‘I’d rather be checking references.’”

Erin Kessler got started in executive recruiting in midtown Manhattan in 1998. She placed media and editorial staff within advertising and publishing during the day while writing, directing and performing comedy at night. After 9/11, she left New York to return to her hometown of New Orleans, and that’s where she met Darnell Shuart. Darnell showed Erin how her unique combination of skills could be her greatest strength in recruiting: as both an actor and recruiter, Erin knows how to listen deeply to tease out people’s primary motivations. That’s why Erin is able to pinpoint the very best matches, provide superior results for her clients and advocate for fair compensation and better working arrangements. Today, the company boasts a Texas division, with Erin bringing legal services to Texas’ major cities.


“I cannot express how many exciting, talented people I consult. Sure, I teach them. But I probably learn more!”

What does Stephanie love most about her job? The people. Her passions are building long-term relationships with candidates and successful collaborations with her colleagues at Shuart. Stephanie is well aware that recruiting is a unique opportunity: she is able to connect with people at all levels of experience. Whether an aspiring student seeking career advice or the most experienced of candidates, this New Orleans native and LSU alum knows listening and consulting are the very best part of her every day.

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