‘‘Rick Kolodny listens carefully to his clients, knows virtually everyone in the legal field and is absolutely tenacious in pursuing the right match of people and culture.’’

Dian Ogilvie, SVP and Chief Diversity Officer, Toyota Motor North America
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Rick Kolodny and his team have placed hundreds of lawyers in leading law firms and corporate legal departments, including many of the most prominent partner, practice group and general counsel placements in California.

Richard Kolodny

rk@lawyermover.com

The driving force behind The Portfolio Group's success is our President, Richard Kolodny, named by The Daily Journal as one of the top legal recruiters in California. He was also selected as one of 18 legal recruiters in the United States included in Lawdragon's "100 Legal Consultants You Need to Know."

Rick’s legal search and placement practice is focused on representing partners, practice groups, and other highly qualified lawyers seeking outstanding lateral opportunities.  As one of California’s top partner recruiters,  Am Law 100 and Am Law 200 firms frequently engage Rick to conduct confidential partner and practice group searches.  He also represents law firms in merger and acquisition transactions as well as branch office acquisitions.  

Drawing on his prior experience as a general counsel,  Rick and his team regularly conduct general counsel and in house counsel searches for leading corporations.  His corporate clients span a wide range of industries and include Fortune 500 companies, public and private corporations, investment management firms, hedge funds,  private equity firms, entertainment companies, and non-profit organizations.

Before he founded The Portfolio Group in 1995, Rick practiced law at O'Melveny & Myers and served as general counsel of one of the largest private companies in California. Rick received a BA, summa cum laude, from Clark University, an MA in history from Columbia University, and a JD, cum laude, from The University of Michigan Law School. The Daily Journal (California's leading legal publication) reported that, with 15 years experience as a practicing lawyer, "Kolodny is able to understand the law firm environment from a high-level professional's point of view" and has "an unsurpassed level of contacts in the legal community." 

Rick's placements have been reported in The American Lawyer, The National Law Journal, The Los Angeles Daily Journal, The San Francisco Daily Journal, Corporate Counsel, California Law Business and The Recorder. He has been a guest lecturer at several law schools, including Michigan, Berkeley, UCLA, USC, and Columbia, and is a frequent speaker on strategic career planning in the legal profession.

Mary Drago

md@lawyermover.com

Mary Drago is Managing Director of The Portfolio Group. She focuses on representing and placing partners, practice groups, counsel, and associates with leading law firms and corporations.

Prior to joining The Portfolio Group, Mary Drago held legal and business affairs positions at major entertainment studios, most recently for NBC Universal.

Previously, Mary had been Senior Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs at Paramount Home Entertainment; Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs at Universal Home Entertainment; and Senior Counsel at The Walt Disney Company.

Mary began her career as a litigation associate for Irell & Manella. Mary graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School and summa cum laude from Trinity University.

Before joining Irell, Mary served as a law clerk for a US District Court judge for the Central District of California.

Mary is a member of the board of directors of the Harvard Law School Association of Los Angeles. She is passionate about independent films, yoga, design, and fashion.

Angelina Kwong

ak@lawyermover.com

Angelina Kwong graduated cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley. She received her J.D. from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles where she was a member of The Loyola Law Review. 

Angelina is an active community volunteer, and has been a board member of numerous non-profit organizations including Meals-On-Wheels, The Los Angeles Library Foundation, The California Master Plan for Education, and Boys & Girls Town of Los Angeles. 

Angelina focuses on the placement of partners, practice groups, and experienced lawyers with national law firms.

Scott Samuels

scott.samuels@lawyermover.com

Scott Samuels joined The Portfolio Group in 2017. He focuses on partner, practice group, and associate placements in all practice areas.

Scott recently emigrated to Los Angeles from London, England (however, he claims the weather had nothing to do with it). An avid tennis and soccer enthusiast, and long-time Liverpool Football Club fan, Scott previously worked as a journalist for a London-based daily sports newspaper.

Scott and his wife have two young children. Now with The Portfolio Group, Scott is excited to embark on the next chapter in his career.

Jackielyn Valido

jv@lawyermover.com

Jackielyn Valido assists with talent acquisition for partners, practice groups, associates, and counsel seeking placement with leading law firms.

Her previous experience included working as a senior sales manager in the hospitality industry and as part of a service delivery team for Xerox Global Document Resources.

Jackielyn is bilingual in English and Tagalog and enjoys exotic cooking and outdoor adventures.

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Richard Kolodny | 310.636.1052 | rk@lawyermover.com
Mary Drago | 310.636.0157 | md@lawyermover.com
Angelina Kwong | 310.636.0034 | ak@lawyermover.com
Scott Samuels | 310.636. 9283 | scott.samuels@lawyermover.com
Jackielyn Valido | 310.636.0034 | jv@lawyermover.com