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​Shelton & Steele's Candidate Code of Ethics

1. The best interest of the attorney(s) comes first. Period. Firms pay our fees, but we make clear to them, why only getting the people who would enjoy working with them most, makes sense. We don’t recruit attorneys, we represent them.

2. We will never submit your resume or identifying material anywhere, without your prior consent. At S&S, this is grounds for immediate termination.

3. We won’t lie to you. You will always get both the upsides and the downsides about any position we discuss with you.

4. We will call you within 24 hours of receiving your resume or bio, or your request for us to call you. This includes weekends. Once we begin working together, we will give you the exact timeline of when to expect every follow-up call – even if there is nothing to report at that time.

We Don't Recruit Attorneys, We Represent Them

While the law firms and corporations seeking premium talent pay our fees, the attorneys we represent are our first priority. There is nothing more important that you will voluntarily entrust to a professional, than your career. We must be worthy of that trust.

Our job is to first protect you but we’re also here to help you leverage what you have now, into something clearly superior. To that end, our methodology is different and much more comprehensive than other recruiters. The first thing we’ll do is provide an analysis of factors such as demand level for your practice area, pedigree, client base, soft skills, etc.


Then we’ll listen. We need to know exactly what both your short- and long-term objectives are. We’ll help you identify factors or attributes you might not have thought of but would benefit from evaluating. You’re the brand. Our job is to know exactly who you are, what you want and the most effective strategy to present your narrative to the market.

One other note: If you should stay where you are, we'll be honest and tell you that.

If so, please keep us in mind. When someone is kind enough to refer a successfully placed attorney to Shelton & Steele, we make a check for $5,000 out to the local homeless shelter, in their name.

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