OUR TEAM

Miles Partner Placement offers a value added approach to the lateral recruitment process. We pride ourselves on offering up to the minute industry information through our ongoing, high-level relationships with firm leaders, and our recruiters have facilitated some of the most complex and transformative placements in the legal search industry.

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Whether you are a lateral partner looking for a new firm home or a law firm with strategic growth plans, the recruiters of Miles Partner Placement will take you from A to Z with the intensity, attention to detail and sensitivity necessary to achieve maximum results.

Gary Miles

Gary Miles

714-884-4010, ext. 216
garymiles@milespartnerplacement.com

Gary Miles has become a national force in the legal recruiting industry since entering the profession in June of 2007. He has successfully placed more than 100 partners during his career and facilitated some of the biggest and most complex deals in the marketplace including mergers and acquisitions by AMLAW top 100 and 200 law firms, opening offices for international law firms, and placing significant multi-office, multi-disciplinary practice groups. Gary was recognized in the 2021 Lawdragon Global 100 Leaders in Legal Strategy & Consulting.

Gary understands the extremely sensitive and confidential nature of the legal recruitment process and he appreciates the exceptionally meaningful and impactful decisions being made by both his candidates and client firms. Gary’s “value added” mantra is about more than just making deals. Gary believes in helping partners find a firm home where their practice can prosper and helping law firms find premium talent and a cultural fit. Gary invests in every process as if he were dealing with his only and most important client or candidate.

Before entering the legal search industry by joining established recruiting firm, Alan Miles & Associates, Gary spent 13 years teaching at risk youth at Markham Middle School and Community Day School (CDS) in Watts, California and was fortunate enough to fulfill his lifelong passion for basketball while coaching for 10 years at Centennial High School in Compton, California, one of the most prolific HS programs in California.

Outside of recruiting, Gary enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters, and using his well-honed strategic skills to win poker tournaments.

Robert Clemons

Robert Clemons

714-884-4010, ext. 212
robertclemons@milespartnerplacement.com

Robert began his recruiting career in May of 2013 and within that time he has made a number of high-level partner placements in multiple major U.S. markets, including, Northern and Southern California, Washington D.C., Chicago, New York, Houston and Pittsburgh. Robert recruits transactional, litigation, and regulatory partners in all key markets across the country.

Prior to becoming a recruiter, Robert practiced for fourteen years as a trial attorney and litigator. This knowledge of the legal industry, and particularly his experience handling mediations as an advocate and mediator, helps Robert deliver the highest value to both clients and candidates.

Robert views the recruiting process as an opportunity to help clients and candidates achieve their highest levels of success. He has recently been recognized in the LawDragon 2022 Global 100 Leaders in Strategy and Consulting.

When he is not recruiting, Robert enjoys spending time supporting his children in their very active sporting pursuits.

Doug Memel

Doug Memel

714-884-4010 ext. 226
dougmemel@milespartnerplacement.com

Doug Memel is a veteran, high-level recruiter with a national practice. He has placed both individual partners and practice groups at AMLAW Top 30 firms in New York, Washington, D.C. and Texas.  Doug has extensive experience working with partners in the corporate, finance, government contracts, intellectual property and commercial litigation sectors.  He also has particular expertise in both the antitrust and energy regulatory practice areas, having placed the market-leading, powerhouse antitrust group from Cadwalader into Paul Weiss in Washington, DC. and the energy regulatory practice group led by former FERC Commissioner, Sudeen Kelly, into Akin Gump’s Washington, D.C. office.

Over the course of his career, Doug has been repeatedly praised by the partners he works with for his laid back yet professional approach to shepherding the recruiting process and the sophisticated knowledge he uses to help them find the most compelling fit for their respective practices.  Law firm leaders appreciate Doug’s deep level of contact with heavy-hitters across various practice areas and in multiple legal markets.

Outside of work, Doug enjoys spending time with his family, coaching his children in their various sports endeavors and playing golf.  Doug serves on the board of his community’s Little League.  He recently established the Brandon Johnston Memorial Golf Tournament in Sacramento.   Doug is also an accomplished musician and played professionally for several years as a drummer in various bands.

Vadim Malikin

714-884-4010 ext. 210
vadimmalikin@milespartnerplacement.com

Vadim Malikin is the newest member of the Miles Partner Placement team. Through his multi-faceted involvement in the highest level of sports, Vadim has extensive experience with the recruitment process and the most important personal and professional decisions that clients must make.

Before joining Miles Partner Placement, Vadim spent 10 years working with professional athletes. In addition to working in the performance space, including skill development, strength training, conditioning, and nutrition, he also spent significant time in a business manager/advisory role, consulting on matters ranging from real estate investment, estate planning, financial planning, and other fiduciary matters.

Prior to working as a personal coach and consultant, Vadim spent 14 years teaching math and coaching high-school basketball at Centennial High School in Compton, CA.

In his free time, Vadim enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 sons, as well as working on cars and motorcycles.

Spencer Villaseñor

714-884-4010 ext. 103
svillasenor@milespartnerplacement.com

Spencer Villaseñor is a highly-experienced legal recruiter with 15+ years in the industry. He has placed countless attorneys and has become a trusted advisor to his attorney candidates, as well as his law firm/in-house clients. Prior to joining Miles Partner Placement, Spencer was a Managing Partner at Villasenor & Associates, one of California’s first and most well-regarded legal placement firms.

As a lifelong recruiter, Spencer prides himself on offering highly professional and personalized service. He will invest the time and energy necessary to fully understand exactly what his clients and candidates really need and to help them find the best possible fit. Spencer’s longstanding and well-earned relationships with client firms and in-house law departments provide our candidates with the benefit of immediate access to the most up-to-date information and resources available.

Spencer is a 3rd-generation Angeleno, and is an alumni of both Harvard-Westlake School and the University of Michigan (Go BLUE!). Outside of legal recruiting, he is a lover of sports, cooking and is an avid outdoorsman – you can likely find him playing soccer, trekking up a mountain, camping throughout CA, ocean fishing or preparing for his next triathlon. He is married to his lovely wife, Kate, and has two young girls to help keep his plate full.