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Dan Binstock, Esq.

Email: dbinstock@g-s.com    Phone: (202) 559-0472

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"In our research for the leading consultants guide, Binstock earned high praise for his professionalism, collegiality and keen understanding of what makes a great match between lawyers and firms."
LawDragon (2017)

"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 2019, 2018 and 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 and Media:

  • President, National Association of Legal Search Consultants (NALSC).
  • Former Chair, 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.
  • Frequent speaker at industry conferences (NALP, NALSC).
  • 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.

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.

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.”
Partner

"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."
Partner

"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."
Partner

“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.”
Partner

“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.”
Partner

“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.”
Partner