Innovation driven.
Inclusivity minded.
Holistically oriented.

Tenor is a next-gen legal talent consulting and management firm. For our clients, we transform how they engage and support high-caliber attorneys. For our attorneys, we enable them to take on great legal work on their terms and partner with them to enrich their professional lives over the long term.

The Talent You Deserve. The Perspective You Need.

We place remarkable legal talent. At Tenor, we not only welcome the unique contributions, views, and experiences of attorneys across all backgrounds, we celebrate them. This intentionally inclusive approach is central to everything we do. This means we broadly identify and elevate legal talent that have demonstrated true excellence in their practice. Tenor’s talent base of exceptional lawyers and legal operations professionals, combined with our unique model, delivers big wins to our clients. With Tenor, maximize great talent outcomes, advance DEI, protect legal spend, and reduce risk.

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Our Legal Talent Expertise.

We are domain experts. Tenor brings depth on the requisites behind a legal talent need, an understanding of industry dynamics, and a capacity to shape a placement arrangement that works best for the client and attorney. This know-how combined with our high-caliber attorney network allows us to deliver placement solutions that excel for their speed, bespoke design, and close alignment with client priorities.

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Our Wide-Ranging Placement Options.

We deliver talent solutions across the range of placement models–from flexible secondments to permanent hires–depending on the client need and attorney preference.

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Our Holistic Post-Placement Approach.

We value holistic thinking and a relationship ethos. With our Placement+ program, we stand behind our placements after they commence with tailored ongoing support from wellness programming to career coaching. We serve as a true partner to our clients and attorneys to support their unique goals.

Case Studies

An internationally renowned company urgently required experienced M&A counsel, on an interim basis, to help handle dynamic deal flow. Tenor, through its robust attorney network placed an experienced M&A consulting attorney, which provided flexible extra capacity. This demonstrated Tenor’s agility to deliver in high-pressure scenarios.

Fortune 500 Company

A globally recognized leader in science and technology urgently needed to expand its in-house patent team. Tenor promptly placed a seasoned IP attorney to advise on complex IP portfolio management issues and handle patent preparation and prosecution. This showcases Tenor’s capacity to solve hard-to-fill direct hire challenges.

Fortune 500 Company

A prominent global strategy firm was searching for a Chief Labor and Employment Counsel to hire on a permanent basis. Tenor promptly delivered, placing an attorney with substantive in-house experience and a commercially-minded perspective. This placement solidified Tenor’s reputation for meeting specific legal hiring requirements.

Preeminent Global Company

Consulting Placements

Seamless interim legal support when you need it. Our consulting placements provide expert legal talent to serve as an extension to your team on an as-needed basis. Legal consultants can cover expertise gaps, leaves of absence, special projects, work that’s being reallocated internally from a law firm, and more. Many hands make light work!

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Permanent Placements

We can solve your direct hire challenges in a high-impact way. We excel at providing the best attorney talent to fill permanent open roles by seamlessly drawing from our elite attorney network, tapping into our expertise to proactively source hard to reach candidates, and leveraging our matchmaking prowess to connect the right lawyer to a given search.

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Transitional Placements

Our consulting placements, by design, can transition into permanent placements following the initial assignment period. This optionality gives both our client and consulting attorney a unique opportunity to assess alignment on the front end, which de-risks permanent hiring decisions.

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Placement+

Placement+ is a suite of Tenor-provided support services that attach after a placement, serving the needs of our clients and lawyers. These services are designed to enhance performance, improve collaboration, and promote community and retention. We tailor these services to the particulars of each placement to ensure they are right-sized and impactful.

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Consulting Placements

Seamless interim legal support when you need it. Our consulting placements provide expert legal talent to serve as an extension to your team on an as-needed basis. Legal consultants can cover expertise gaps, leaves of absence, special projects, work that’s being reallocated internally from a law firm, and more. Many hands make light work!

Learn More

Permanent Placements

We can solve your direct hire challenges in a high-impact way. We excel at providing the best attorney talent to fill permanent open roles by seamlessly drawing from our elite attorney network, tapping into our expertise to proactively source hard to reach candidates, and leveraging our matchmaking prowess to connect the right lawyer to a given search.

Learn More

Transitional Placements

Our consulting placements, by design, can transition into permanent placements following the initial assignment period. This optionality gives both our client and consulting attorney a unique opportunity to assess alignment on the front end, which de-risks permanent hiring decisions.

Learn More

Placement+

Placement+ is a suite of Tenor-provided support services that attach after a placement, serving the needs of our clients and lawyers. These services are designed to enhance performance, improve collaboration, and promote community and retention. We tailor these services to the particulars of each placement to ensure they are right-sized and impactful.

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We Solve Key Client Challenges.

Challenge: Limited Legal Domain Expertise

Organizations commonly contend that talent providers struggle to deliver the best attorneys for a role because they lack depth in the legal arena. Effective legal talent solutions not only require an understanding of the underlying legal work and a candidate’s substantive background, but also matchmaking prowess to see the linkages between the two and a credible understanding of the market. When these requisites are unmet, organizations risk hiring attorneys misaligned with the role, suffer from needless delays, and waste legal budget on misfires.

Challenge: Limited Access to Diverse Talent

Organizations often struggle with hiring diverse attorneys. One key reason is the self-fulfilling myth that there is a dearth of top-tier diverse legal talent, which is further compounded when organizations partner with nonspecialized recruitment shops. When organizations fail to partner with talent providers that bring the will and skill to access the best legal talent across a range of backgrounds, they forgo a great opportunity to advance their DEI goals.

Challenge: Siloed Talent Solutions

Organizations often lack a single trusted authority that can seamlessly address the range of their legal talent needs–from permanent hiring to tackling more dynamic work streams that require flexible solutions. This can leave organizations having to juggle multiple talent providers, adding needless complexity, time, and risk to hiring.

Challenge: Limited Post-Placement Support

Organizations can spend significant time and money hiring attorney talent, but fail to get any lift from talent providers on what comes after a start day. Talent providers, operating holistically, can play a value additive role in promoting performance, growth, and retention after a placement.

Our Leadership

We are a Black-owned business whose leadership brings 20+ years of combined legal talent and new law experience partnering with Fortune 500 companies and Am Law 100 law firms. We also bring a depth of expertise across a range of legal talent placement models from direct-hire arrangements to secondments to ALSP managed services. Taken together, our team has amassed a rare combination of skills, experience, and a network to deliver on Tenor’s aspirations.

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