Meet the Team
On his second day as a legal recruiter, Whistler's founder, Sean Burke,
cold-called a startup attorney to pitch him on a job at a bank, but the man
on the other end had already found his dream job.
"I hated my BigLaw M&A job," the attorney told him.
Sean, whose own quest for professional fulfillment had taken him from a SF lit boutique,
to a boom-era West Coast startup, to a New York City recruiting firm, reacted
Whistler's mission is to make sure you never have to ask that question.
You already know any job worth having is going to attract talent.
Whistler evaluates the competition to make you five to ten percent better.
Whatever your superpower, Whistler will help you discover it, sharpen it
and bring it to the table.
That's the difference you need to stand out from
Our comprehensive knowledge of our core industries - Entertainment,
Tech/IP, startups and Fintech/Regulatory - is going to put you over the edge.
We're going to take the time to get to know you so that we can find you a worthy match.
Which offer maximizes your potential to spend all day, every day, representing clients you love?
Which provides the best balance of hours, interesting work, and exit opportunities?
Which will put you exactly where you want to be five years from now?
Where sophisticated IP law meets business advisor meets psychiatrist.
Startups fail, a lot, but you don’t have to. There’s a place where your
business sense is valued and compensated. A risk for the risk-averse.
Startup clients need business advice as much as legal advice.
Top startup law firms are looking for someone that can do both
(the perfect “Outside General Counsel”). The best part? If one
of those startups goes belly up, you won’t. What’s more, you get
to know the startup landscape so when that GC job becomes available,
you’ll know it’s worth your time.
Partners at top law firms call us when they need a GC for one of their startups.
Even top GCs call us when they want a new startup job. Other recruiting shops
aren’t even in the running.
Welcome to a highly regulated space with ever-changing rules.
You’ve got this excitement for what’s next and you’re great at talking to regulators,
but you’re done defending Pharma bros. Why not use those same skills to help
an entrepreneur navigate the regulatory landscape or pick the right revenue model
for their great idea?
Imagine being in the room the first time someone suggested putting ads in a search
engine or creating an app to rent your spare room. Attorneys in this space possess
a unique combination of caution and initiative.
If you’re passionate about your practice, partner with us and we can help direct
that passion. Whether it’s privacy, blockchain or AI, we have placed more attorneys
in this space than anyone.
Your Knowledge Matters
You grew up building robots in your basement, got a degree in physics,
and spent every holiday serving as your family’s personal IT help desk.
We want you to be a great lawyer and also utilize your skill set.
Chances are, your unique expertise has been underutilized.
We’ll take your past life and put it to work for you.
What’s more useful to a Pharma client? Someone who is great at checking
footnotes or someone who wrote their thesis on the Patentability of Human-
Animal Chimeras? These clients need someone with real world experience.
No industry epitomizes the concept of tech convergence better than media.
Streaming services and tech companies have all but merged.
If you have hands-on experience representing entertainment clients
or expertise in a relevant practice area, tell your people to call our people.
Lawyers in this area are shaping the way we experience entertainment and
you can leverage your legal experience to get a job that is not only dynamic
and exciting, but also pays.
S. GREGORY BOYD
Partner & Co-Chair of Interactive Entertainment Group at Frankfurt Kurnit
Senior Director, Business & Legal Affairs at Atlantic Records (former Davis & Gilbert)
Former General Counsel of Away, Emerging Companies Partner at Wilson Sonsini
JULIETA STUBRIN, Former Director of Recruiting & Diversity at Fenwick
DAN MUMMERY, Former Partner and Co-Chair, Strategic Sourcing & Commercial Transactions Group. Hiring Partner, Palo Alto office at Gibson Dunn
EMILY WITT, Former Senior Recruiting & Legal Personnel Coordinator at Wachtell
NADEEN SHATARA, Former Recruiter at Gunderson Dettmer and Fenwick
LEE IACOCCA, had he worked in legal recruiting, we're sure
Legal Counsel at The Kraft Group; New England Patriots; New England Revolution
US Manager of Attorney Recruiting at Orrick
General Counsel at SecurityScorecard
Co-Founder & COO of Obligo
Private Equity M&A Associate at Latham & Watkins
Co-Managing Partner, Northern Virginia Office & Co-Chair, Emerging Growth and Venture Capital at DLA Piper
Partner & Co-Chair of Investment Funds and Asset Management at Barnes & Thornburg
Cannabis Counsel at Foley Hoag
Deputy General Counsel at Stoke Therapeutics, former PE M&A and Emerging Companies at Fenwick & West
Emerging Companies & Venture Capital Associate at Wilson Sonsini
General Counsel at xxxxxxxxxx, former Blockchain Partner at xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
CEO and Managing Partner of xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Managing Partner at Frankfurt Kurnit
General Counsel of xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Private Equity & Venture Capital Associate at xxxxxxxxxxxxxx