Meet the Team

Lee Allbritton is a founding partner in the attorney recruiting firm, Amicus Search Group. With offices in Austin, Dallas, and Houston, Amicus is a leading, full-service legal search firm.

Lee Allbritton, Esq. – Principal
Office: Austin, TX & Houston, TX
Email: Lee@AmicusSearch.com

A native Texan, Lee Allbritton has been engaged in the attorney search and legal recruiting industry since 1997. After leaving the private practice of law where he worked for both a national, AmLaw 100 law firm, as well as a well-known Houston trial boutique, Lee desired to use his legal skills in a different manner. He found in legal recruiting the opportunity to make a real difference in individuals’ lives while continuing to communicate, both verbally and in writing, at the highest level of advocacy.

Over the course of his career, Lee has been responsible for the recruitment and placement of over 1,000 attorneys, including scores of law firm partners, “of counsel” and associates, as well as numerous General Counsels, Associate General Counsels, and other in-house attorneys. Lee’s clients include elite, global law firms; regionally dominant full-service law firms; and practice specific boutique firms throughout Texas.

Lee resides in Austin, but is frequently in Amicus’ Houston and Dallas offices. Outside of the office, Lee and his family enjoy hiking, kayaking and otherwise enjoying the rivers and lakes of the Texas Hill Country. Lee also serves on the Board of the Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program, a non-profit organization that provides legal representation to low-income citizens.

Lee is a 1989 honors graduate of the University of Virginia and 1993 cum laude graduate of the University of Houston Law Center.


Alysa Schildcrout is a founding partner in the attorney recruiting firm, Amicus Search Group. With offices in Austin, Dallas and Houston, Amicus is a leading, full-service legal search firm.

Alysa Schildcrout – Principal
Office:
Dallas, TX & Houston, TX
Email: Alysa@AmicusSearch.com

As an attorney recruiter, Alysa specializes in the placement of partners, practice groups, acquisitions, and management level in-house counsel. In addition, Alysa has improved the lives of hundreds of law firm associates by placing them in highly coveted attorney jobs throughout Texas. In addition to her legal practice, Alysa spends a considerable amount of time advising Energy companies and their executive management teams on strategic hiring decisions. Having placed many senior executives in broad-based energy companies, Alysa has a keen understanding what it takes to be successful in a very dynamic environment.

Alysa graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1989 with a degree in finance and accounting. While at the University of Oklahoma, Alysa was a member of the Big 8 champion gymnastics team and varsity letter winner while on a full scholarship. Upon graduation, she then practiced in public accounting at Deloitte & Touche. Following public accounting, she received her MBA from Texas Tech University in 1994. Alysa has been involved in the recruiting industry since 1996.

Alysa most recently served on the Executive Board for the Board of Trustees for her kids’ school as well as the VP for Head of School Support and Evaluation. She also enjoys spending time with her family, husband Andrew, daughter Jordan, twin sons Jacob and Joshua, their four dogs; two chocolate labs, Davi and Goliath and their two golden retrievers, Sugar and Ginger.


mikedMike Danforth
Managing Director

Office: Dallas, TX
Email: Mike@AmicusConsultants.com

Mike joins Amicus with a long history of success at his own legal search firm. Prior to his career in legal search, Mike was involved in consulting with Booz Allen Hamilton and KPMG Peat Marwick.

He has also served as President of a multi-faceted manufacturing / retail operation and was Vice President and Secretary of a major cosmetics firm. Mike has done graduate work in psychology in addition to holding a Bachelors degree. He was named #1 in serving the legal profession in John Sibbald’s The Career Makers.


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Nima Aghili, Esq.
Senior Search Consultant
Office: Austin, TX
Email: Nima@amicussearch.com

As a Senior Search Consultant, Nima specializes in placing partners and associates at all levels in local, regional, and national law firms as well as in-house counsels. Nima enjoys working with candidates to help them find suitable positions that are in line with their career goals. Prior to becoming an attorney recruiter, he practiced as a Labor & Employment attorney at a large, national firm in the Southwest. Nima joined Amicus with years of experience working at a top legal search firm in California. He prides himself on using both his experience as a recruiter and as a practicing attorney to help candidates achieve their desired goals.

A native Austinite, Nima received both his Bachelor of Arts and his J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.

In his free time, Nima enjoys playing and watching basketball, reading, and spending time with his loved ones.


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Eric L. Girard, Esq.
Senior Search Consultant
Office: Dallas, TX
Email: eric@amicussearch.com

As a Senior Search Consultant with Amicus, Eric brings 15 years of experience practicing in Texas, first with Gardere Wynne & Sewell and, more recently, as the Assistant General Counsel for Highland Capital, a Dallas-based, SEC-Registered investment advisor.

Eric specializes in placing partners and practice groups with a variety of private firms, ranging from elite, global law firms, to practice-specific boutique firms in Dallas, Houston and Austin. Eric’s broad-based legal experience makes him uniquely qualified to serve both his clients and candidates by bringing a thorough understanding of the diverse skill sets required to be successful in either private practice or in-house, thus ensuring his clients are provided the ideal candidate, while also giving the candidate confidence that the only roles for which they will be recommended align with the candidate’s express wishes.

Eric grew up in Austin and has lived and worked in Dallas since 1996. Prior to law school, Eric spent eight years in the United States Marine Corps Reserve.

In his spare time, Eric enjoys spending time with his wife, Lisa, daughters, Isabella and Ava, and son, Jack.


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Megan Penrod
Senior Search Consultant
Office: Austin, TX & Houston, TX
Email: megan@amicussearch.com

As a Senior Search Consultant, Megan specializes in placing partners and associates with global and regional law firms, practice-specific boutique firms, and in-house counsel roles throughout Texas. Early in her legal career, Megan discovered a passion for recruiting and placement. Utilizing her legal background along with her natural ability to connect with people, she works with associates and partners to navigate lateral transitions.

Megan grew up in Kansas City and attended the University of Kansas where she studied strategic communications. She is a 2012 graduate of the Saint Louis University School of Law where she obtained a certificate in health law through their top rated health law studies program, involving a full-time legal externship in Washington D.C. Megan has lived and worked in Houston since 2013.

She now lives in Austin, and works frequently out of Amicus’ Houston office. 

The independent Amicus companies provide law firms and corporations with a comprehensive and unified collection of professional staffing services. In addition to Amicus Search, the Amicus family of companies include Amicus Solutions, Amicus Consultants and Amicus Energy Search. Amicus Solutions provides both law firms and corporations with qualified attorneys on a project and interim basis, as well as temporary and direct hire administrative personnel. Amicus Consultants assists law firms of all sizes in developing strategic growth initiatives. Amicus Energy Search provides energy organizations, ranging from Fortune 500 corporations to oil and gas start-ups, with highly qualified professionals of all backgrounds and experience levels.