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 at Loeb & Loeb, where she focused on firm-wide strategic attorney hiring, career coaching, and 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. When working with candidates, Lacie is able to draw on her vast and strong network of attorneys and law firm legal recruiting professionals across the U.S., as well as her years of experience counseling associates and partners.
A vacation to Ireland in 2017 changed Lacie’s life forever. On that trip she met her husband-to-be and following a whirlwind cross-world romance, they were married in early 2018. Lacie relocated to Ireland shortly thereafter, still maintaining her role at Loeb and “commuting” back-and-forth to LA and NY each month. But, hitting 150,000 flight miles in one year was no longer feeling like a badge of honor and it was time to consider her next career move.
Lacie’s close friend and founder of Alignment Recruiting, Liz Hudson, had a great idea…join her as an attorney recruiter! Afterall, who better to recruit attorneys for law firms than someone who has been on the inside of the process 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 off-the-job passion for travel and wine.
Lacie is a bit of an adventurer and will try almost anything once – skydiving, bungee jumping, zip lining, 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 also enjoys a good Texas Hold ‘Em tournament!
After spending 20 years in Los Angeles, Lacie is embracing life in the Irish countryside. She’s been busy remodeling the home she shares with her husband and their Jack Russell terrier (Jack), flexing her culinary skills, and exploring all that Ireland has to offer.
A veteran recruiter with over 11 years of experience, Elissa Podolsky joined Alignment Recruiting in 2020. Before that, she was with a top New York City-based search firm, where she focused primarily on the Greater New York area but also placed candidates at firms and companies as far away as California and Beijing, China. She has worked with associates, counsel and partners as well as in-house counsel at all levels.
Before embarking on her recruiting career Elissa was an employment lawyer. She graduated from Yale College and Columbia Law School.
Elissa enjoys spending time with her family (which usually means playing with cars, trucks, and buses with her toddlers), volunteering, going to the gym, and taking long walks.