Bill Sugarman, Chicago Legal Recruiter

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Bill Sugarman
Direct (312) 781-9001
Cell (312) 953-4549

The Wrigley Building
400 North Michigan Ave
Suite 1650
Chicago, Illinois 60611

William A. Sugarman, Esq.

Founder & President

For nearly 20 years, Bill has been engaged in the successful placement of partners, practice groups, in-house counsel and associates as well as consultation with respect to law firm mergers. Bill works with prominent international, regional and local law firms and corporations in the Midwest and nationwide. He has a particular emphasis in Chicago as well as New York, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

Prior to founding Astor Professional Search, Bill had extensive legal and business development experience, including a business development executive role with Thompson Financial (now Thomson Reuters), working as corporate in-house counsel with a division of Aon Corporation, and practicing law with a prominent national litigation boutique. Bill’s transactional, litigation and business development background, combined with his extensive attorney relationships and experience in a variety of professional environments, has given Astor distinct advantages in the marketplace.

Listen below as Bill Sugarman explains how Astor Professional Search uses a personalized approach to legal recruiting to ensure a long-term fit for lawyers and firms.

After spending nearly two years as a Principal with another legal search firm, Bill founded Astor Professional Search. Bill’s prime motivation for the genesis of Astor, and the cornerstone of its strategic philosophy, is one concept: The highest degree of personalized attention. While it may sound simple, this personalized approach, which inherently embraces a consultative, interactive and comprehensive strategy, has fueled a significantly higher level of consistently successful legal placements year after year. It also remains one of the key factors separating Astor from the vast majority of “numbers-focused” legal search firms in the marketplace.

Bill lives in the northern suburbs of Chicago with his wife, Nicole, and their two children. In his spare time, Bill enjoys live music, tennis, international travel and Chicago’s world-class restaurants. Additionally, he spends considerable time at Wrigley Field in his capacity as a life-long, tortured Cubs fan (with such torture lifted in ’16, courtesy of the first World Series championship in 108 years, but who’s counting).

Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D.

  • Roy H. Olson Academic Scholarship
  • Dean’s List

University of Illinois, B.A. Communication

  • Sigma Iota Lambda Pre-Law Honorary
  • Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity
  • Dean’s List

Associations & Memberships

  • Anti-Defamation League, Board Member
  • United to End Genocide (Formerly Save Darfur Coalition), Member
  • Jewish Federation/JUF of Metropolitan Chicago, Centennial Community Scroll
  • American Israel Public Affairs Committee, Windy City Club Member
  • Cabrini Green Legal Aid Society, Corporate Sponsor
  • Environmental Defense Fund, Member
  • Environment Illinois, Member

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