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LegalSummit was borne from a seemingly simple concept: 


Helping highly intelligent, experienced attorneys and talent-driven organizations find one another. While this concept is an easy one to grasp, its execution is anything but.


Sourcing only the best legal talent for the most coveted positions (and vice versa) takes a great deal of discipline and a clear understanding of who the right attorneys are and what opportunities are best.  Anyone who has worked with multiple recruiters realizes that such a skill set isn’t universal and, in order to garner the attention of top prospects and the respect of top companies, the best recruiters consistently bring these skills to bear.


As former practicing attorneys and experienced practitioners in the field of legal search, our Search Consultants have developed this discipline and understanding and are eager to put their expertise and the vast resources of LegalSummit to work for you.  Because at LegalSummit, ‘Recruiting at the Top of the Legal Profession' isn’t just our motto - it’s the only way we do business!



Before starting LegalSummit in 2007, Raphael Franze was an Associate with Ulmer & Berne LLP in Cleveland focusing his practice on corporate law and corporate technology matters.  A graduate of the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Raph served as President of the School’s Student Bar Association and as an Editor for both the Journal of International Law and the independent Internet Law Journal.  Raph is also an MBA recipient from Case Western’s Weatherhead School of Management.


Raph's recruiting practice focuses on corporate attorney opportunities across the entire corporate legal spectrum:


  • Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Capital Markets

  • Securities

  • Corporate Finance

  • Private Equity

  • Venture Capital

  • Emerging Companies


He also works closely with recruiters in other legal disciplines to accommodate the needs of attorneys in those disciplines.


In his free time, Raph is active in the local Atlanta community and volunteers as a fitness bootcamp instructor.  He also takes part in long-distance endurance events, having recently completed the Ironman Louisville triathlon.

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