About Alignment Recruiting
Alignment Recruiting began in 2016 after its founder, Liz Hudson, spent several years as a legal recruiter wondering how she could better serve both her candidates and their potential employers. She had been successfully recruiting attorneys across the country since 2011, with two different recruiting agencies, and knew it was time to change the recruiting mold. While recruiting, she often found herself as a career counselor, but wasn’t in the right position to truly give those services. After five years of working for other recruiting agencies, Liz decided it was time to head out on her own and Alignment Recruiting was born. Liz’s main mission in forming Alignment Recruiting was to truly be a valuable ally to both her candidates and clients. She wanted to take the focus off of high volume candidate moves and instead shift it to high quality moves where both parties would be happy in the long run. Building and fostering long-term relationships with candidates and clients became the cornerstone on which Alignment Recruiting was founded and we’ve seen it make such a difference in the recruiting process overall!
Liz didn’t take the straight and narrow path to becoming a recruiter…it’s been quite a ride! She started her career in the Marketing space after college and spent a glorious two years in San Diego where she learned client relations and how to use creativity in a corporate space. She then trekked back to her beloved Midwest to attend Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. After graduating from Northwestern, Liz decided to stick around the Windy City and her legal career was split between being an Associate at a large law firm in Chicago and later as Assistant General Counsel at Guggenheim Investments. In both roles, she was a transactional attorney focusing on Investment Management issues. Though Liz realized she had the best legal gig she could imagine at Guggenheim, she reluctantly admitted to herself that being a lawyer just wasn’t cutting it for her anymore. So what next?
Obviously, the next logical move was to quit her solid job as an in-house attorney in Chicago and take a commission-only recruiting job in LA! After all, isn’t that where dreams are made? This decision did not come lightly and, as all attorneys are notorious for doing, Liz analyzed the situation to death before making the leap. Thankfully, that decision proved to be one of the greatest of her life and she has now been recruiting for far longer than she practiced law!
As many of her candidates and clients will tell you, Liz isn’t your average recruiter. She’s got the Midwest personality, the LA dreams, the analytical skills of an attorney, the OCD of the oldest child from a big family, and the ability to think outside of the box like any good marketing professional.
Prior to this crazy, winding career path, Liz earned her Bachelors of Science in Advertising from the University of Florida, graduating cum laude. Liz can’t seem to decide between living in the Midwest, West Coast, or Southeast, but most recently bought a hundred year old bungalow near her family in Tampa, Florida, which she has lovingly (with some cursing) restored.
Outside of the office, Liz can be found at her local microbrewery, bribing her nephews for hugs, checking out new food and wine bars, making slime with her “Little Sister” from the Big Brother Big Sister program, and watching any Florida Gators, Michigan State Spartans, or Chicago Cubs sporting event. She is also diligently working on her goals of visiting every continent and each US state. One continent and four states remain on her list. Anyone have recommendations for Antarctica?
Lacie Marshall joined Alignment Recruiting in 2019 after nearly 20 years of leading legal recruiting and professional development for regional and international law firms. Lacie most recently served as Director of Legal Recruiting and Professional Development nation-wide at Loeb & Loeb, where she focused on firm-wide strategic attorney hiring and career coaching as well as design and implementation of training and mentoring programs. Associates and partners alike have relied on Lacie as a sounding board, voice of reason, trusted advisor, and friend. Her academic background of a BA in Business Management and an MBA with Management Specialty, coupled with her decades of on-site work in the legal field, give her a great blend of skills for legal recruiting.
Although Lacie had long-term plans in mind at Loeb, a vacation to Ireland changed everything. Lacie met her husband, an Irishman, while on a road trip through the countryside. Following a whirlwind romance, they were married in early 2018 and Lacie relocated to Ireland shortly thereafter. Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, Lacie continued working at Loeb remotely for nearly a year following her relocation. But even being the seasoned traveler that Lacie is, the “commute” back-and-forth to LA and NY each month wasn’t a long-term solution. It was a great way to learn how to work from Ireland and stay on Pacific Time though–thankfully Lacie is a night-owl, so the schedule fits her life perfectly. Most of the attorneys she worked with at Loeb didn’t realize she was in a different time zone.
But knowing she couldn’t physically commute back to the US so often, what was next for Lacie?
Thankfully, a close friend and founder of Alignment Recruiting, Liz Hudson, had a great idea…join her as a recruiter on the other side! Afterall, who better to recruit attorneys for law firms and companies than someone who has been on the inside for nearly 20 years? Lacie and Liz had worked together over the years on placements at Loeb and both share a similar approach to the process – honesty, integrity, and fun – along with a serious passion in their personal lives for travel and wine.
Lacie is a bit of an adventurer and will try almost anything once – skydiving, bungee jumping, abseiling off a 100 ft. waterfall. For the better part of the last decade, SCUBA and triathlons dominated her spare time. As a certified PADI and SDI open water instructor, Lacie learned a lot about patience and empathy while teaching adults the skills they needed to be safe and have fun underwater. She has also completed two Ironman 70.3 triathlons.
After spending 20 years in Los Angeles, life in the Irish countryside is a stark contrast. But it’s one that Lacie has embraced and is thoroughly enjoying. She’s been busy remodeling the home she shares with her husband and their Jack Russell terrier, flexing her culinary skills, and learning as much about her new hometown as she can. And though she’s been very happy to spend time exploring Ireland, Lacie and her husband do enjoy weekends away. Being only an hour from continental Europe has its perks!