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Shearman Partner Ditches Practice Leadership for Legal Recruiting

Rebecca Cohen Law.com

Richard Hsu, a popular podcaster and intellectual property partner at Shearman & Sterling in Silicon Valley, has left the Am Law 100 firm to become a managing director at Major, Lindsey & Africa in San Francisco.

The move by Hsu, who served as global head of IP transactions at Shearman & Sterling, as well as co-chair of the firm's privacy and data protection team, will now see him focus on partner recruitment.

"I've been a practicing lawyer for all of my career, 25 years," Hsu said Tuesday. "I've been in management. I've been a practice group leader. A lot of the things I've been doing have involved building relationships. I thought legal recruiting would be a great way to leverage that."


"We are delighted to welcome Richard to our highly successful Bay Area team," said a statement by Kirsten Vasquez, a Major Lindsey partner and executive director for law firm recruiting in Chicago. "Richard is one of the industry's most experienced law firm partners in the Bay Area, and his unique combination of legal, media and corporate leadership experience will be a major asset for our law firm clients and the market's most sought-after candidates in Northern California."


In a blog post on professional networking website LinkedIn about his latest move, Hsu emphasized that the work he's done throughout his career has revolved around building connections with people.

"When I graduated from Caltech as an electrical engineer, I decided to go to law school because I didn't like the isolation of being a scientist or programmer," Hsu wrote Tuesday. "When I was a third year associate at the law firm of Lyon & Lyon, I gave up a window office in the tallest building in downtown Los Angeles to join a venture backed company in an industrial building so that I could have a ringside seat at a startup with Nobel laureate Robert H. Grubbs."

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