Keith J. Gralitzer, Esq., founder & managing partner
B.A. University of Michigan
J.D. Brooklyn Law School
Keith is a co-founder of Momentum Search Group and, for the last fifteen years, has successfully been placing associates, partners and in-house counsel throughout the United States with a primary focus on the New York and California markets. Keith’s placement success has included all practice areas, with a particular focus in corporate, bankruptcy, real estate and litigation (commercial and white collar). Some recent accomplishments include placing a litigation partner on an exclusive search for an AmLaw 100 firm, relocating a real estate group from California to New York, and placing the General Counsel of a FinTech start-up in New York. Keith is regularly called upon for his advice on the state of the lateral markets by clients who have come to know and trust his counsel over his legal recruiting career. He frequently travels between Momentum’s NY and CA offices.
Keith was formerly a litigator and then launched a legal recruiting division at one of New York’s largest full-service recruiting agencies. Outside of work, Keith enjoys spending his time with his family, traveling and passionately rooting for all things University of Michigan.
Jason M. Schoenberg, Esq., founder & managing partner
B.A. Binghamton University
J.D. Brooklyn Law School
Jason has been successfully placing attorneys in New York and nationwide for over a decade. Prior to co-founding Momentum Search Group in 2011, Jason helped build and direct a legal recruiting division at one of New York’s elite full-service recruiting agencies. Over the last few years, Jason’s areas of expertise has been managing searches for boutique, mid-size, and AmLaw200 law firms, as well as private and public company legal departments. He is skilled at truly identifying a client’s needs and facilitating the growth of an office or practice group. Jason also actively recruits partner level candidates for his clients. Jason’s recent accomplishments include rebuilding the legal team of a major entertainment company, placing a general counsel at a successful start-up company, facilitating the start and rapid growth of one of NYC’s premier litigation boutiques, and placing an associate as a partner into a major national firm which provided a platform to increase the partner’s business over five times in a year.
Jason began his legal career at a Wall Street litigation boutique before moving to a large law firm where he litigated commercial matters in both state and federal courts across the country. When not recruiting, Jason can be found spending time with his family, reading non-fiction or cooking. Jason resides in New York City with his wife and two children.
Phil Brown, Executive Managing Director of Partner Recruitment
B.A. University of Toronto
J.D. Windsor Law School
Phil is the Executive Managing Director of Partner Recruitment. Prior to joining Momentum, Phil served as Managing Partner of Torys LLP’s New York office where he was responsible for executing the firm's strategy for NY, recruiting lawyers, and acting as mentor to associates and partners. During his tenure, Phil was a member of the Executive Committee, co-chaired the firm’s M&A practice, and chaired the firm’s China practice, where he developed an international clientele from around the world, including Asia and the Middle East.
Phil brings to Momentum an unprecedented level of knowledge and experience. As a former partner himself, he understands the importance of the development and culture of a law firm. His knowledge of the legal market and intel of the inner workings of law firms allow him to effectively work with our client base to assess their partner needs and present those firms with highly qualified candidates and practice groups. Phil also assists firm management in negotiating law firm mergers.
In his free time, Phil likes to travel, cross country ski, drink great wine and read a wide variety of books. He resides in NYC with his wife Marg.
Meredith S. Cohen, Esq., Managing Director
B.A. Washington University in St. Louis J.D. Brooklyn Law School
Prior to joining Momentum, Meredith practiced as a corporate associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, specializing in mergers & acquisitions and completing a rotation in investment management. As a result of her experience at Skadden, Meredith has a distinct perspective on the large law firm environment, as well as the opportunities that would appeal to those BigLaw associates looking to make a change. Meredith’s specialty is associate recruitment for both law firm and in-house clients. She also has extensive experience relocating candidates to other markets, including recent work in Denver, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Houston. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis where she graduated with honors. She also has a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, where she graduated magna cum laude and served as Notes and Comments Editor for the Journal of Law and Policy and was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society.
Meredith lives in Greenwich Village and enjoys traveling (especially to places with warm weather and a beach) and working out.
Jodi B. Fleisher, Esq., Managing Director
B.A. Boston University
J.D. Cardozo School of Law
Jodi specializes in partner, counsel, and associate recruiting in New York and nationally. She started her legal career as a Law Clerk in the Southern District of New York before moving to Willkie Farr & Gallagher where she litigated commercial matters in both State and Federal Court and represented clients in government investigations. Jodi holds a B.A. in Sociology from Boston University, graduating magna cum laude, and a J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where she graduated magna cum laude and served as the Notes Editor of the Cardozo Law Review.
Jodi loves to travel and has visited over 30 countries. She enjoys cooking, is a foodie at heart and has a special knack for picking the perfect restaurant for any occasion. On Sundays, Jodi can be found watching football and agonizing over her fantasy team (she is the commissioner of her fantasy football league appropriately called “A League of Their Own”). She resides in New York with her husband and daughter.
Ruth D. Francis, Esq., Managing Director
B.A. Howard University
J.D. Howard University School of Law
Ruth specializes in the placement of associates at law firms and in-house clients in NYC and throughout the country. She also has extensive experience representing partners and practice groups and truly understands the challenges and priorities that arise in effectuating those transitions successfully. Prior to joining Momentum, Ruth was an executive legal recruiter with an international legal search firm based in Manhattan where she specialized in placing attorneys with major NY and branch law firms. She has placed attorneys in all areas of law including corporate, real estate, tax, litigation, and IP and media. Ruth began her career with a well-known mid-sized New York firm where she specialized in transactional entertainment and employment litigation work. Her background as both a transactional and litigation attorney allows her to understand the intricacies of the diverse work of her candidates and target strategic opportunities that are uniquely tailored to them. Ruth holds a J.D. from the Howard University School of Law as well as a Bachelor of Arts in History from Howard University where she graduated magna cum laude and was Phi Beta Kappa.
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Ruth’s candidates enjoy her smooth accent. Having previously worked for a record label, Ruth really enjoys music, including Reggae, Hip Hop and Jazz. She lives in NYC and has traveled extensively throughout Europe and Central America.
Lori E. Kata, Esq., managing director
B.A. University of Michigan
J.D. Brooklyn Law School
Prior to joining Momentum, Lori practiced as a bankruptcy associate at both Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison and Stroock & Stroock & Lavan for over 7 years. Lori took her experience as a Big Law associate and transitioned it into a successful career counseling lawyers across various practice areas. Lori has placed associates, counsel and partners into law firms and in-house companies across the United States. Lori’s recent notable placements include the General Counsel of a financial services company, a finance partner at a top firm practice, a bankruptcy counsel at a firm recognized for its strong creditor side practice, an associate into a national firm well regarded as one of the best in media and entertainment law, and a litigation associate into a top boutique.
In her free time, Lori enjoys spending time with her husband and three young daughters.
Lori E. Weiss, Esq., Managing Director
B.S. University of Michigan
J.D. Fordham University School of Law
Lori specializes in associate and in-house recruiting in New York and nationally. Before joining Momentum, Lori was an IP litigation associate focusing on trademark and copyright matters on behalf of clients in the entertainment, sports, consumer products and fashion sectors. She started her legal career at Hughes Hubbard & Reed before moving to Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan. Through her 7+ years of practice at two prominent New York City law firms, Lori is uniquely equipped to assist candidates in identifying and securing their ideal job opportunity. Lori holds a B.S. in Environmental Policy & Behavior from the University of Michigan, and a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law where she was on the Fordham Law Review.
Lori lives in the West Village and is a connoisseur of local restaurants. She also enjoys traveling, cooking, and skiing.
Jennifer E. Berk, Esq., Director
B.A. University of Pennsylvania
J.D. New York University School of Law
Prior to joining Momentum, Jenny practiced complex commercial litigation at Jones Day. Jenny's experience as an associate at a major global law firm has given her unique insight into the BigLaw environment and an ability to find attractive job opportunities for lawyers at all stages of their careers.
Jenny graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Communications. She received her J.D. from New York University School of Law, where she graduated cum laude and served as Executive Editor for the Review of Law and Social Change.
When she is not at work, Jenny can be found in New York City drinking a cup of coffee or eating a meal at her favorite neighborhood spots. She also spends her time watching old movies, traveling to new places, and wishing she had a bulldog.
Lauren C. Gould, Esq., Director
B.A. University of Buffalo
J.D. Hofstra University School of Law
Lauren specializes in associate and in-house recruiting in New York and nationally. Lauren started her legal career as a litigation associate at Bingham McCutchen where she worked on complex securities and commercial litigation matters and high profile government investigations. Following her time practicing as an associate, Lauren held the position of Manager of Legal Recruiting with Bingham McCutchen's New York Office. There she assumed a leading role in the recruitment of both lateral and entry level associates, the management and development of the summer associate program and management of the hiring committee. Having had experience both as an associate and as a legal recruiting manager gives Lauren a broad and unique understanding of the legal market, making her an asset to candidates in counseling their next career move and helping ensure successful placements. Before joining Momentum, Lauren spent four years as a recruiter at another top recruiting agency in New York City.
Lauren holds a B.A. in Communications from the University of Buffalo and, and a J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law, where she was a member of the Hofstra Law Review.
Lauren lives on Long Island with her husband and two daughters and in her spare time enjoys spinning at the gym and participating annually in Cycle for Survival, an annual fundraiser to raise money for rare cancer research, trying her hand at new recipes (not always successfully), traveling with her family to anywhere with a beach and bright sun, and just sitting back and watching her girls grow up!
Susi A. Shaw, Esq., Director
B.A. University of Florida
J.D. Rutgers University - Camden
Prior to joining Momentum, Susi worked for two years at a high-end commercial litigation boutique in Manhattan and for four years at a regional law firm headquartered in Philadelphia. While practicing, Susi litigated in both state and federal court, focusing on commercial and employment litigation matters predominantly in the construction arena. In addition, she served as an advisor to employees with respect to offer letters, employment and separation agreements, benefits, severance, and post-employment restrictions. Susi's employment counseling experience provides a unique perspective to candidates as they consider their employment opportunities. Susi holds a B.A. in Finance from the University of Florida, where she graduated with high honors. She also has a J.D. from Rutgers University - Camden, where she was a Notes Editor for the Journal of Law and Public Policy.
Susi lives in Manhattan and enjoys cooking, trying new restaurants and traveling, particularly to tropical locations.
Sharon Sulami, Esq., Associate Director
B.B.A. The University of Texas
J.D. South Texas College of Law Houston
Prior to joining Momentum, Sharon practiced as an associate in the Washington, D.C. and Houston offices of a national law firm. Sharon has experience in a variety of legal fields, including commercial litigation, government investigations, and compliance. Sharon uses her diverse background in multiple practice areas and geographies to find candidates new opportunities that match their unique experiences and interests.
Sharon graduated from the University of Texas with a B.B.A. in Marketing. She received her J.D. from South Texas College of Law Houston, where she graduated magna cum laude and was a member of the Law Review. Sharon lives in Brooklyn where she enjoys baking, exploring her new neighborhood, and petting any pug that crosses her path.
Tommy DiLillo, Associate Director
B.A. New York University
Tommy is an Associate Director for Momentum Search Group. Prior to joining Momentum, he was a Lateral Recruitment Coordinator at a NY-based Am Law 100 firm. Tommy began his career as a legal recruiter with an international legal search firm based in New York, where he specialized in placing attorneys at top Am Law firms throughout Asia. With more than 8 years of experience working in the legal recruiting field, Tommy has a unique knowledge of the law firm recruitment process from start to finish, along with experience effectuating placements in NY, Florida and throughout the country. He holds a B.A. in Politics from New York University.
In his free time, Tommy enjoys performing improv comedy, cycling, and both watching and playing sports (he is a lifetime Mets and Jets fan). He is also an avid reader and film fan. Tommy currently resides in Miami with his wife.
Cara G. Sterman, Esq., Senior Consultant
B.S. Cornell University
J.D. Cardozo School of Law
After earning her undergraduate degree from Cornell’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations and serving as a member of Law Review at Cardozo, Cara practiced general corporate law at both a well-known large New York law firm and as the Assistant General Counsel for all North American operations at a well-known international media company. Before joining Momentum, Cara recruited for years at one of New York’s elite full-service agencies and successfully placed dozens of associate candidates into prestigious law firm, boutique and in-house positions. Her network of in-house contacts and partners is extensive and her knowledge of the corporate practice areas including mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and finance has provided her an expertise in guiding candidates to the right practice groups. Her most recent placements include associates into prominent in-house positions and associates relocating to the Southern markets. Cara currently specializes in the placement of associates and partners in the Southern markets, including Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and Virginia.
Cara resides in Florida with her husband and son. She loves to travel to exotic locations with beaches and casinos. She is an avid sports fan and loves watching basketball, football, and the World Series of Poker.