Success in the legal profession is based on one's ability to think strategically and perceptively, communicate effectively, and be an attentive listener. Today, in a world of instant information, developing relationships can get lost. Discover the lost art of headhunting with Shuart.
Shuart & Associates is more than a legal recruiting boutique. Our unique philosophy serves our clients well, achieving 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.
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.
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 love that no day, job, or person is the same. Everyday presents challenges and opportunities that I get to enjoy and overcome as I build relationships with some of the best talent in the legal communities of Louisiana and Texas."
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.