“Prior to switching careers into executive search, I practiced law in Melbourne, Australia. I have seen first-hand how law firm organizational dynamics, culture and the partnership hierarchy comes into play both from the fee earning and the recruiting side. This insight allows me to truly understand how to identify marketing professionals that can be successful in each
“Prior to switching careers into executive search, I practiced law in Melbourne, Australia. I have seen first-hand how law firm organizational dynamics, culture and the partnership hierarchy comes into play both from the fee earning and the recruiting side. This insight allows me to truly understand how to identify marketing professionals that can be successful in each client’s unique firm.”
Member of the Board (Midwest Chapter) @ From January 2015 to Present (1 year) Senior Recruiting Manager @ Kate Harry is a Senior Recruiting Manager based in Chicago and specializes in placing middle and senior level law firm marketing and business development talent across the U.S. Kate has invested the majority of her education and career working for law firms, and sees this foundation and experience as critical in understanding her clients’ legal marketing needs.
Kate procures talent for large and small marketing departments nationally. Law firms seek her counsel on cultural issues and the nuances of candidates based on knowledge gained from her in-house experience, along with the credibility she brings from having seen both sides of the business. Candidates leverage Kate’s knowledge and strong market data and influences to talk through their professional growth, resume crafting and the career path guidance based on their experience and goals.
Prior to joining JJES, Kate worked for JJES’s Asia-Pacific strategic alliance partner (Seldon Rosser), and joined JJES in a move from Australia to the U.S. She has been in the legal world for ten years, seven of those as a practicing attorney focusing on commercial dispute litigation, and three years as an executive search professional in the legal marketing space.
Kate is an active member of the Legal Marketing Association and is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Midwest Chapter. She is also serving as Chair of the Chapter’s Your Honor Awards program. In her previous life as a lawyer, Kate also enjoyed being the President of the Young Lawyers Section for the Law Institute of Victoria (in 2009) to provide up-and-coming lawyers a wide support network and professional development opportunities to supplement their careers. Kate has also authored several articles that have been published in Australia and in the U.S.
Kate holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Monash University in Melbourne. From January 2013 to Present (3 years) Co-Chair, Submissions & Judging @ The LMA Midwest Chapter has its annual Your Honor Awards in March 2013 and Kate is a Co-Chair of the Submissions & Judging panel. From January 2013 to 2013 (less than a year) Greater Chicago AreaConsultant @ Seldon Gill is an executive search and recruitment firm offering solutions exclusively to the professional services industry. As a Consultant, my role was to work closely with clients across all sectors (including law, accounting, engineering and education) to find the right talent for their business needs, and this included generating industry sector advice and competitive analysis. The strength of Seldon Gill is its professional approach and its relationship-based consultative method. From November 2011 to October 2012 (1 year) Melbourne, AustraliaLawyer (Volunteer) @ From May 2011 to November 2011 (7 months) Lawyer @ From October 2010 to November 2011 (1 year 2 months) Melbourne, AustraliaExecutive Committee, Young Lawyers Section @ From 2007 to 2011 (4 years) Melbourne, AustraliaLawyer @ From August 2007 to September 2010 (3 years 2 months) Melbourne, AustraliaLawyer @ From January 2006 to August 2007 (1 year 8 months) Melbourne, AustraliaCommittee Member, Young Lawyers Section @ From 2006 to 2007 (1 year) Articled Clerk @ From January 2005 to January 2006 (1 year 1 month)
Laws, Arts @ Monash University From 1999 to 2004 St Leonards College From 1997 to 1998 Ballarat Grammar School From 1991 to 1996 Kate Harry Shipham is skilled in: Document Management, Corporate Law, Dispute Resolution, Mediation, Employment Law, Legal Advice, Recruiting, Executive Search, Litigation
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