Douglas Horn is Co-Managing Director of Palmer Kent Associates, a results-driven executive search firm specializing in the recruitment and placement of attorneys for leading law firms, specialty boutique firms, and corporate law departments throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia. Since founding the South Florida-based company in 1997, Doug has built Palmer Kent Associates into one of the most effective and innovative legal recruiting firms in the world. The firm focuses on supporting and advising attorneys at all levels to enhance their professional careers at prominent law firms, financial institutions and corporations.
Prior to his career in executive legal search, Doug spent seven years practicing law in Florida, including a number of years at a well-regarded Miami-based trial firm specializing in complex commercial and intellectual property litigation. His experience practicing law combined with his real-world experience in recruiting and career placement has allowed Doug to effectively counsel and advocate for his clients and candidates alike.
In his spare time, Doug enjoys spending time with his family, watching Florida Gator sports and competing in track, road races and marathons. In addition, Doug actively coaches high school cross country and track athletes as well as competitive age group athletes.
Doris Hornis the President of Palmer Kent Associates which she co-founded in 1996, following an association with a prestigious executive search firm. At her prior firm, Doris was the #1 recruiter in the firm each and every year. Prior to entering the recruiting field, Doris enjoyed a distinguished career as an education professional and a successful business executive.
Doris' search practice serves clients in the legal profession worldwide. Doris focuses her search assignments on partners and counsel in various legal specialties. Over the years she has successfully completed assignments for many of the largest and most respected law firms in almost every major US city and abroad. Doris is considered by many to be the top Partner level legal recruiter in the country and is the "go to" recruiter for many law firms on their Partner level searches.
When not recruiting, Doris enjoys fine dining, wine and travel.
Alyssa Lerner, Esq.
Alyssa Lerner is Co-Managing Director of Palmer Kent Associates. She began her career in attorney search in 1994 in Washington, DC. Since that time, she has advanced the careers of some of the most highly regarded attorneys in the United States. Alyssa is responsible for overseeing daily operations and has propelled the growth of Palmer Kent by focusing on client relations and business development. She spends a substantial amount of time consulting with Managing Partners of leading law firms and CEO’s of corporations to ascertain and implement their strategic growth plans.
Over the course of her career, Alyssa has placed hundreds of lawyers throughout the United States and abroad, completed law firm mergers and acquisitions of every size, and has been retained on multiple high profile in-house searches. Alyssa has worked successfully with several startup CEOs to recruit their first in-house counsel and continues to assist them in building thriving legal departments. After receiving her law degree, and prior to her career in attorney search, Alyssa worked in both the law firm and federal government environments. As a result, she fully comprehends the intricate issues faced by both hiring authorities and candidates throughout the job search process.
Outside of the office, Alyssa enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She is also a passionate photographer and her work has been sold to raise funds for non-profit organizations and has appeared in several magazines and other publications. Alyssa particularly loves nature photography and travels the world to pursue her passion.
Moshe Fessel, Esq.
Moshe is a legal recruiter specializing in attorney placements for top level partners and exceptional associates for the nation's most prestigious law firms. After graduating from Columbia Law School in 2001, Moshe was an associate in the General Practice group at Sullivan & Cromwell for eight years.
Moshe is now a go-to source for both lawyers and law firms. His direct demeanor, Big Law experience and his ability to listen to the needs of his clients and candidates have all contributed to his reputation as a reliable recruiter who delivers beyond expectations.
Samuel Wiser, Esq.
Sam is Managing Director of the firm’s Legal & Compliance executive search practice. Prior to joining Palmer Kent, he was the founder and managing member of WH Group, LLC, a premier retainer search firm.
For more than 15 years, Sam has filled General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer positions for the world’s leading financial services organizations, and placed attorneys in key roles at highly respected international law firms.
He began his career in executive search after spending 17 years as a practicing attorney, representing children in various types of proceedings. As Legal Advisor for Orange County’s Guardian ad Litem program, he trained, counseled, and supervised Guardian ad Litem attorneys representing abused and neglected children, and was appointed by the Juvenile Court to personally represent countless children with severe developmental disabilities.
Sam has been a partner with two law firms, a sole practitioner, a general counsel, and a legal aid attorney. He spent the majority of his legal career as an education law attorney, representing students with a wide variety of physical, mental, and emotional impairments. He was a Governor-appointed member of the Human Rights Advocacy Committee for the Developmentally Disabled and was a frequent speaker on education law issues, presenting to The Florida Bar and to various organizations serving the needs of individuals with disabilities.
Following the birth of his twin daughters (he now has three daughters), he left a highly demanding law practice to become a search consultant. In each of these trusted advisor roles, Sam has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to excellence and a true passion for meaningful contribution.
Kevin Garbowit, Esq.
Kevin is a recruiter and law firm business consultant focusing on strategic leadership placements within corporate legal departments and tier one law firms across the country.
Prior to joining Palmer Kent, Kevin was an integral executive member to several high profile businesses in the south Florida region. Acting as, Managing Member and corporate counsel to a business management consulting firm, Kevin assisted many financially distressed companies through sound strategic business planning, effective debt restructuring and implementation of risk management processes. Through his efforts Kevin successfully turned around many companies to a path of economic viability.
As the managing attorney for a then small firm, Kevin grew the office from 10 to 50 lawyers over a three year period. While in this position, Kevin also led the firm through a growth period characterized by keen process management solutions ranging from the mailroom to the boardroom. He provided leadership and guidance to the firm and is proud to point to have been a part of such a vibrant growth opportunity.
In addition, Kevin has acted as corporate lawyer to a large private residential development company and was a founding member of a consumer debt management company, responsible for the formation of a debt management platform which provided alternative solutions for consumers to obtain relief from their unsecured debt obligations.
Given this robust experience, Kevin is a trusted source for both entrepreneurial law firms and established companies looking for aggressive, smart, and motivated attorneys.
Christine is a legal recruiter specializing in placing legal professionals in top-tier national, global and regional law firms throughout the United States and abroad. She takes pride in working personally with each candidate to ensure that their specific job search needs are met. Christine also enjoys working with her law firm clients to assist them in acquiring the top legal talent.
Prior to joining Palmer Kent, Christine worked in logistics in New York, providing outstanding client service for her accounts. Christine earned her B.A in Retail
Marketing and Management at Johnson &; Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island.
Gabrielle is a legal recruiter who specializes in placing exceptional attorneys with top-tier law firms; focusing primarily on nationwide growth-oriented opportunities. When matching candidates with the perfect positions, Ms. Azulay takes pride in her thoughtful and step-by-step approach to ensure success and compatibility between the candidate and the company. Gabrielle enjoys helping people grow professionally and to find long-term success.
Growing up in Puerto Rico, Gabrielle is bilingual, speaking both English and Spanish. In 2010, Gabrielle received her B.A from The George Washington University and completed her Masters at Nova Southeastern in 2012.
In her spare time she enjoys photography, painting, reading and traveling.
Stacy is a legal recruiter specializing in attorney placements with top-tier law firms and corporations. Stacy’s focus is matching exceptional candidates with ideal positions providing the candidate with long-term professional success. After graduating from The University of Miami Law School, Stacy worked as an Attorney Recruiting Manager in a Washington, DC boutique tax law firm. She moved to Florida where she then served as an Assistant State Attorney before working in private practice in Palm Beach County. This background gives Stacy a unique understanding of the intricate issues faced by both hiring managers and candidates throughout the job search process. Stacy’s experience is beneficial in assisting her candidates throughout the entire interviewing process.
Outside of the office, Stacy lives in Boca Raton and enjoys spending time with her husband, children and taking her dog on long walks. Stacy is very active in the autism community. She also enjoys rooting on her daughter playing varsity softball and watching her step-children play in the marching band.
Nathan is the Director of Legal Marketing Services at Palmer Kent. He has over 15 years of experience in managing the marketing functions within the legal vertical. He has been the Director of Marketing for several law firms, including Gunster, one of the largest law firms in Florida. He has also counseled over a dozen law firms in the creation, implementation and execution of marketing and PR programs. He is a published author appearing in industry-specific publications such as Marketing the Law Firm, International Legal Technology Association, and Attorneyatwork.com. He is a member of the Legal Marketing Association and the recipient of multiple Addy awards for excellence in past marketing campaigns.