W. Jon EscherFounding Partner
Silicon Valley & San Francisco Offices
Jon received his A.B. from Stanford University and his J.D. from Hastings College of Law. Before establishing Solutus in January of 2000, Jon worked as a Principal in the Palo Alto office and as the Managing Partner of an international legal search firm. He has over twenty years of experience in the legal search business helping lawyers at all levels with the advancement of their careers. Jon also practiced law for many years, both as an associate in a major Boston law firm and for six years as in-house counsel to Tyco International.
During his legal search career Jon has placed hundreds of attorneys in both in-house and law firm positions in Silicon Valley and throughout the nation. His corporate clients are representative of some of the finest companies in Silicon Valley and the United States including, Apple, TiVo, Netflix, Cadence Design Systems, Polycom, Kintana Software, Blockbuster Video, Phoenix Technologies, Smart Modular, Silicon Graphics, MIPS Technologies and many others. He has forged close ties with many of Silicon Valley's finest companies and continues to help these clients fill positions across a wide seniority spectrum. Jon was named to the most recent list of Who’s Who in Silicon Valley as compiled by the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal.
Jon is a trusted advisor to law firms and lateral partner candidates throughout California. Lateral partner candidates find that Jon’s market knowledge is unmatched. He has a particularly strong grasp of the business of practicing law and a full appreciation of the unique qualities that every lateral partner candidate brings to the table. He is known for his discretion, his understanding of the nuances of the lateral partner search process, and for providing reliable and scrupulously honest advice to firms and candidates in all practice areas. Jon's relationships with the region's law firm decision makers provide candidates with unique access to the best law firm opportunities. Many of the finest law firms in California, and the country as a whole, are repeat clients of Jon’s including: Gibson Dunn & Crutcher; Davis Polk & Wardwell; Dechert LLC; Cooley Godward; Wilson Sonsini; Fenwick & West; Morrison & Foerster; Farella Braun & Martel; Sidley Austin; Jones Day, and many others.
Jon is a widely published author of articles on the legal profession and the legal search business and is also a frequent speaker at law schools and forums around the nation, including engagements at Harvard Law School, Stanford Law School, University of Michigan Law School, Northwestern, and Santa Clara Law School.
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