Melissa Peters, Esq. | New York

Melissa Peters joined Wegman Partners in 2018.

With relentless focus on relationship management and a stellar track record of over a decade, Melissa has established herself as one of the most successful legal recruiters in the greater New York area.  Her commitment to finding client-candidate fit is defined by a passion for identifying the unique attributes that connect an individual’s character, skills, and experience to the business and cultural needs of each of her clients.  This approach has helped Melissa drive measurable growth for the attorneys, law firms and companies she serves.

With an acute understanding of the intricacies and confidentiality involved in a job search, Melissa guides lawyer-candidates through each stage of the hiring process.   She meets with her candidates in person, building the trust and understanding to ensure that the process culminates in the right balance of job satisfaction, room for advancement and compensation.  On the client side, Melissa brings a tenacity for finding the unique “personality” of the companies and organizations with whom she works.  This diligence has helped Melissa forge effective working relationships with Managing Partners, General Counsels and Recruiting Coordinators looking to grow their law firms and in-house legal departments.

As Executive Director of Wegman Partners’ New York office, Melissa works exclusively with premier law firms and companies.  Her candidates are top-tier attorneys currently working in the New York market focused on either exploring lateral options in this area or looking to relocate geographically.  The latter is a specific area of expertise for Melissa, who herself relocated cross country when she actively practiced law.

Prior to joining Wegman Partners’ New York team, Melissa worked at an international executive search firm and then at a boutique legal search firm.  She holds a B.A. in Psychology from American University, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude.  She earned her law degree from William & Mary Law School, serving as the Managing Editor of the Law Review and graduating Order of the Coif.  Melissa began her legal career at Morrison & Foerster, one of the largest, international AmLaw 100 firms.

Melissa is extremely active in the legal recruiting community.  She has published articles on and been sought out as a speaker for various topics including client-candidate fit, finding the right role, interview preparation and compensation trends/negotiations.

Outside of her work, Melissa is passionate about health and fitness. She is a devotee of hot yoga, teaches as a certified yoga instructor, and serves on the Advisory Board of Girls on the Run-Central New Jersey chapter.  She and her husband are actively engaged in the pursuits of their two teenage sons, and their family proudly includes two adorable mutt rescues!


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