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Dan Binstock, Esq.

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"I’ve had the opportunity to work with many recruiters, and your acuity, professionalism and collegiality have set a new standard."
Managing Partner, AmLaw 50 Firm

"Dan transforms the experience of working with a recruiter. The fact that he cares about his clients personally comes out in the way that he works to bring the best out of them and see themselves in a new light. He is tough when he needs to be, but more importantly there for you when you need him the most. He is quite simply the best recruiter I have ever worked with."

Co-Head, Regulatory Practice, AmLaw 25 Firm

Summary:  Dan Binstock is a partner at Garrison & Sisson.  With an extensive network and track record placing partners/practice groups and associates, he connects candidates and law firms in a highly efficient and discreet manner.  Dan has brokered some of the most significant lateral partner placements in the Washington, DC market.      

LawDragon named Dan one of the Top 100 Legal Consultants and Strategists in 2017 (see interview).  Dan also authored "The Attorney's Guide to Using (or Not Using) Legal Recruiters: Answers to Important Questions Most Attorneys Don't Know to Ask ... But Should" (2015). 

Industry Leadership:

  • President, National Association of Legal Search Consultants (NALSC). 
  • Former Chair of the Ethics Committee, National Association of Legal Search Consultants (NALSC). 
  • Board Member, American Bar Association's Legal Career Central.
  • Frequently called on by law schools (e.g., Harvard Law School, Georgetown Law Center) to serve as an expert adviser on the Washington, DC legal market. 
  • Commentary and/or articles on the legal market have appeared in publications including the Wall Street Journal, American Lawyer, National Law Journal, Law360, ABA Journal, Fortune, Washington Post, and Washington Business Journal.  

Approach: Taking an integrated and coaching-based approach to recruiting, Dan has developed the LATERAL NAVIGATOR™ process, which goes far beyond sending out resumes and making introductions. A lateral transition has many moving pieces and unanticipated speed bumps, and Dan's process enables him to minimize disruption to your current practice while helping you effectively navigate each step of the process with thoughtful precision.

He will facilitate your interactions with the firm, work with you on anticipating potential sticking points, and provide a "two-steps ahead" perspective that provides sound counsel at each stage of the process. Whether it's sharing insight about different firms, assisting with the preparation and presenting of your materials, coordinating and preparing you for interviews, guiding you through the LPQs/due diligence, helping you analyze competing offers, negotiating compensation terms, or strategizing a notice/transition plan with you, Dan's process provides you with a unique advantage.

Consulting: In addition to his day-to-day recruiting practice, law firms engage Dan to provide consulting on effective lateral partner hiring strategies. 

Education: Prior to becoming a legal recruiter in 2004, Dan practiced intellectual property law with Finnegan Henderson, a national intellectual property boutique based in Washington, DC. He earned his J.D. magna cum laude from American University, Washington College of Law, where he served as editor on the International Law Review. Dan received his undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Maryland, during which time he also performed as the pianist for the musical political comedy troupe, the Capitol Steps.

Outside Interests: Piano, spending time with his wife and two daughters, and comedy.  


  • Holding Search Firms to a High Standard
    NALP Lateral Lawyer Recruiting Summit, June 2017
  • Real-World Partner Integration Failures and Successes:  The First 90 Days
    NALP Professional Development Institute, December 2016
  • Transitioning from the Government to Private Practice
    Berkeley Law School Webinar, December 2016 
  • Lateral Partner Due Diligence
    NALP Lateral Lawyer Recruiting Summit, June 2016
  • When the Firm Goes Silent: Understanding Internal Law Firm Logjams
    NALSC Annual Education Conference, April 2015
  • Umm ... Something Smells Funny
    NALP Annual Education Conference, April 2015
  • Careers in Corporate/Finance Law 
    Georgetown University Law Center, April 2015
  • Insider's Guide to Legal Recruiters: 10 Questions to Keep in Mind
    Harvard Law School, January 2015 
  • Learn the Lateral Partner Tango: 7 Steps for Choreographing Successful Interviews
    NALP Annual Education Conference, April 2013
  • Recruiters Developing Long-Term Relationships with Clients and Candidates
    NALSC Fall Symposium, October 2011
  • Cracking the Lateral Partner Recruiting Code: Secrets from the Other Side
    NALP Annual Education Conference, April 2011
  • Law Firm Economics
    Legal Bisnow Roundtable Series, 2010
  • Expanding Your Firm's DC Footprint: What Works
    Legal Bisnow Roundtable Series, 2013, 2010
  • Washington DC Legal Market Series
Harvard Law School, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010
Georgetown University Law Center, 2015, 2014, 2013
University of Chicago Law School, 2012
University of Pennsylvania Law School, 2013, 2012, 2011
University of Michigan Law School, 2013, 2012, 2010, 2009
Northwestern University Law School, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012



Selected Firm Testimonials

"Thank you for your help over the past month or so.  I’ve had the opportunity to work with many recruiters, and your acuity, professionalism and collegiality have set a new standard.  I look forward to continuing to work with you."
Managing Partner, AmLaw 50 Firm

“I have known Dan for several years.  He is a true professional.  Dan puts the candidate's interest, and the law firm's, ahead of his own.  He is available 24/7 and provides a common sense approach to advising candidates and law firms on how to best accomplish their professional objectives.  Dan is simply one of the best law firm advisers in town.”
Managing Partner of DC Office

“I am so glad you changed my mind and convinced me to meet [redacted] – we are thrilled.   You did a damn good job as a recruiter.”
Hiring Partner, DC Office of Wall Street Firm

Selected Candidate Testimonials

“Masterful job negotiating my offer and smoothing out the speed bumps.”

"I was contacted by Dan Binstock in connection with a targeted lateral partner search that a firm had asked him to conduct. Interestingly, I receive many "robo calls" from recruiters who, regrettably, do not seem to understand the nature of my practice. Dan, in contrast, instantly demonstrated his keen understanding of my practice and the local legal market. From our first call, Dan showed how perspicacious he is about lateral candidates, and their value. He is also uniquely gifted with quickly identifying key issues that candidates must consider. He struck the appropriate balance between being direct with me about my strengths and vulnerabilities and offering extraordinary support. This may sound hackneyed, but I think Dan "gets people," and what makes them tick. He is exceptional in this regard.  I highly recommend him - if I am contacted by friends seeking an adept legal recruiter, Dan will be the first and only name that I give to them."

"Dan transforms the experience of working with a recruiter. The fact that he cares about his clients personally comes out in the way that he works to bring the best out of them and see themselves in a new light.  He is tough when he needs to be, but more importantly there for you when you need him the most.  He is quite simply the best recruiter I have ever worked with."

“[U]nusual ability when it comes to listening and providing sound advice during the decision-making process.  Not only did you listen intently, but you also analyzed the exact words I chose when comparing the firms and then pointed out what I was not saying about [redacted], which was a crucial observation that I wasn't aware of but immediately gave me the needed clarity.  I've never had an experience like this with another recruiter; you have a gift for this work." 

“You achieved my objective, you were patient throughout, you corrected my missteps with grace, you sorted out the best firms. But even more than all that, you became my counselor and my consigliore during a very difficult economic and, yes, emotional time. I have never seen anyone in your business do that before. It is a remarkable trait. You will be the top person on my list when my new firm wants to recruit people.  In short, Dan, it is my opinion--and I have enough years to express it--that you are really one of a kind, tops in this business.”

“Dan's in-depth knowledge of the DC legal marketplace, particularly coupled with his caring attitude and superior negotiation skills, makes him the most effective placement professional I have yet to come in contact with.  I would not have made the move to my new firm without him -- he truly helped make the transition a success for all involved.”

“Dan Binstock is an absolute professional. He places your career first--regardless of whether he makes a placement. He wants to do what is in your best interest, something that I can't say about other recruiters with whom I have spoken.”