Gene Anthony Gaetano

Gene is a senior recruiter who specializes in the placement of partners and practice groups throughout the Nation. He has successfully represented some of the most prominent partners and groups in Dallas, Houston and Philadelphia- and has expanded his practice in Los Angeles.

In the last few years, he has handled the moves of several partners, including private equity fund and real estate finance partner Jon Robins from Klehr Harrison Harvey Branzburg to Greenberg Traurig; Steve Smith, the former managing partner of Perkins Coie’s Dallas office to Dorsey & Whitney; Dallas-based labor & employment partner Tom Reddin and his group from Posinelli to Norton Rose; patent litigation partner Mark Nelson from Dentons to Barnes & Thornburg; healthcare and finance litigation partners Robert Castle and Jamie Welton from Lackey Hershman to Barnes & Thornburg; life sciences partner Thomas J. Sullivan from Morgan Lewis & Bockius to Shook, Hardy & Bacon; Steve Camp and his Gardere banking group to Husch Blackwell in Dallas, and Kevin Greenberg to Greenberg Traurig (Government Law and Corporate Group), Philadelphia.

Consistently placed on the “shortlist” of top recruiters in Texas, Gene added significant depth to Alston & Bird’s Dallas office by facilitating the moves of an eight lawyer Andrews & Kurth structured finance and real estate group headed by partners Patrick Sargent, Peter McKee, Charles Marshall, and Mark Harris; a prominent eight lawyer government enforcement, white-collar and commercial litigation group headed by Danny Ashby, Steve J. Korotash, former SEC Enforcement Officer and federal prosecutor and commercial litigator T. Greg Jackson to Morgan Lewis; a five lawyer IP and patent prosecution group headed by Denton partners Gerald Welsh and Darin W. Weaver to launch the Dallas office of national IP firm – Harness Dickey.

In Houston transactions, he represented long-term Baker & Botts litigation partner Shira Yoshor to Greenberg Traurig and Strasburger & Price finance and bankruptcy partner John Adkins to Blank Rome. He represented DLA corporate specialist Tom Duley as a partner to King & Spalding in Silicon Valley, where he anchored the transactional life science practices for several years.

Gene has an interesting search and placement background. He started his search career in 1999, placing executives and technology professionals in the insurance and financial services arena. He quickly became the office’s top producer and developed a proprietary database of insurance professionals. In 2003, he co-founded a new organization, and the two built it into one of California’s leading insurance search firms. In 2005, he and a colleague transitioned the firm into attorney placement, where he handled the moves of several partners. He either personally handled or supervised the placement of partners at Greenberg Traurig; KL Gates; Alston & Bird; Bryan Cave; Adams & Reese; Davis Wright Tremaine; Fox Rothchild; Burke Williams; Archer Norris; Musick Peeler; Husch Blackwell and other firms.

Tired of the administrative responsibilities of running a search firm, in 2013, Gene merged his practice into highly respected L.A.-based Esquire Inc., where he has been successful in leveraging Esquire’s national platform and long-term client relationships and developing new ones. Gene is considered an expert “match-maker” and spends a significant amount of time understanding partners’ unique practices, career objectives, and financial requirements. He and Esquire President Sandy Lechtick have collaborated on a number of major deals in the last five years and have traveled to Dallas, Houston, and Philadelphia in meeting with managing partners and partner candidates.

Gene is happily married, a proud father, and regularly does volunteer work throughout greater LA. In his free time, he enjoys living a healthy California lifestyle as well as sports, hiking, traveling, screenplay writing, directing, and producing independent films.Email: gene@esquiresearch.com