"Avis is absolutely fearless. She is accessible 24/7 but she also does not give up. She doesn’t stop until she gets you what you are looking for…When you are searching for a candidate she is tireless in her follow-through and when you are considering a move she pounds away looking at all the different angles…She has a topnotch knowledge of the market and access to decision-makers. She can pick up the phone and call firm chairmen and other leaders.
She clearly knows the Bay Area market. When I talked to her she knew exactly how the market would value my practice and what compensation levels I could expect. I think Avis stands out as No. 1 in the Bay Area. She did such a good job for me that I don't expect ever to make another move, but if any of my friends were considering a change, I would tell them to pick up the phone and call Avis. And when I’m looking for someone, I call her first because I know the quality will be the best.”
Thomas M. Shoesmith
Partner, China Practice/International Business Group
Founding Partner Shanghai Office
Pillsbury, Palo Alto, CA
What our clients say.
"Avis has placed a lot of candidates with us. She knows we are discerning. She never wastes our time."
Firmwide Managing Partner
"In my experience, the overwhelming majority of legal recruiters take any client and employ a shotgun approach to finding them a home, believing that it is all about volume in terms of clients and submissions. Avis, who is a true search professional, is the polar opposite.
She operates her business based on integrity, reputation and tremendous long-term success, which means being very selective in whom she represents and then leveraging her personal contacts (rather than shotgun blast emails) to try and facilitate the best possible marriage of law firm and candidate, from both parties' perspective. In short, Avis has become a trusted career advisor, friend and the only legal recruiter that I would ever consider using."
Michael D. DiSanto
Corporate Practice Group
Bingham, Silicon Valley
"Avis is a friend and a trusted advisor, and really cares about the careers of the people that she helps. She is very well connected within the legal community and knows what firms would be good matches for each candidate.”
Technology & Life Sciences Group
Goodwin Procter, LLP Menlo Park, CA
“I like working with Avis because she’s very attentive and good at communicating the needs of people on both sides of the equation. She understands our business model and culture and always brings us very strong candidates that fit with our firm.
I trust her judgment. She knows the San Francisco and Silicon Valley market very well. She knows who the players are, who the competition is and what different firms are looking for.”
I. Neel Chatterjee
Chair, Intellectual Property Department
"When we were looking to expand in NorCal we chose Avis to assist us in our search. Her knowledge and understanding of the legal market in California set her apart from her competitors. She is a strategic thinker. She was hands-on in developing our key messages. She was a true partner and collaborator in all aspects of our search and we could never have accomplished what we did without her efforts. I trust her implicitly."
Ari A. Katz
Former National Director of Legal Recruiting, Bingham
Current Chief Recruiting Officer
“Avis is amazing. Smart, savvy, trustworthy and knows the market like the back of her hand. In over fifteen years of knowing her, she has never papered my in-box with resumes hoping that something will stick. Avis always puts great thought into the best fit as opposed to just making a placement. Her reputation within the legal community is stellar and she’s a pleasure to work with.”
Holly M. Saydah
Attorney Recruiting Manager
Keker & Van Nest LLP
“Avis is highly professional, very effective, and focused on your needs.”
Founder, Cleantech Open
Palo Alto, CA
“Avis was very helpful in getting us started in Menlo Park. And she brought us someone who turned out to be one of our corporate stars in Palo Alto. She has a very good knowledge of the market and is a proactive recruiter, which I really appreciate."
T. Hale Boggs
Partner, Corporate Finance
Executive Committee Member
Chair, Manatt Digital Media
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP
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"I have known Avis Caravello for most of my professional career since I was a young lawyer in government practice. Avis has seen me grow in my transition into law firm practice, to making partner and becoming the managing partner of a global Am Law 100 law firm and she counseled me personally each step of the way. Avis' experience in our local legal market is highly regarded and proven. As the hiring partner for our firm, I can count on Avis to bring candidates who will benefit from the uniqueness of our platform, given their current firm, client base and practice area. In other words, Avis does not just "place candidates" for the sake of making a fee. She places candidates with our firm that we can trust will be what Greenberg Traurig is looking for in the local office and globally. Our firm is unique in terms of compensation, firm leadership, practice areas, and culture and Avis understands our needs in light of the candidates that she sees in the San Francisco Bay Area. We can implicitly trust that Avis will bring us the "real deal" and top quality, proven successful laterals. And, after placement, Avis' service does not stop there. Avis remains connected to the candidates she places in our office to ensure their success in the placement, a process she consistently does with the managing partner and the candidate. We value Avis' service and understand why she has the impeccable reputation she has in the Bay Area."
Greenberg Traurig, LLP San Francisco, CA