Founded in 2008, Garcia Legal Search is a Tampa-based firm with legal consultants who are all attorneys. We assist law firms and corporations in locating the best and brightest legal talent. We also help attorneys find new opportunities that meet both their professional and personal goals. Equally important, GLS consultants conduct searches with the highest degree of professionalism and confidentiality.
Lisa Machado GarciaPresident
Ms. Garcia has worked both nationally and locally as an attorney search consultant for more than 18 years, assisting both large and small firms, as well as publicly traded corporations. Immediately prior to establishing Garcia Legal Search, she worked as head of attorney recruiting with Argus Legal in Tampa for 5 years. Ms. Garcia received her Law Degree from the National Law Center, George Washington University and has a BA in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia.
Cristina Bonaca PozefskyDirector of Attorney Recruiting
Ms. Pozefsky practiced labor and employment law for more than 16 years, both at a prominent national law firm and at an independent Federal agency in Washington, D.C. She received her B.A. in Political Science from Trinity College in Connecticut. Following graduation, Ms. Pozefsky worked as a White House Intern for President Bill Clinton. She then worked for a political action committee and a public relations firm in Washington, D.C., before attending law school at Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law, where she graduated Cum Laude. Ms. Pozefsky is an active member of the Colorado bar. Ms. Pozefsky offers a national perspective to the local legal job market, as well as understanding what it means to work in and with law firms.
Michelle PatrickRecruiter and Creative Consultant
Ms. Patrick spent more than 20 years at a prominent employment law boutique where she focused her practice on labor and employment. Working primarily as a plaintiff’s lawyer, Ms. Patrick acquired a unique understanding of how devastating it can be to lose a job because of discrimination, and worked as tireless advocate on behalf of her clients. In addition to her legal experience, Ms. Patrick gained extensive writing experience which she continues to use writing in a variety of forums, including both articles and blogs. Ms. Patrick received her Law Degree from Villanova University School of Law where she was an Editor of Student Works for the Sports & Entertainment Law Journal. She also holds a B.A. in Political Science from Villanova University.
Robert F. Garcia, Jr., Esq.Principal
Immediately prior to joining GLS in 2008, Mr. Garcia served as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for a publicly traded company in Tampa, where he practiced for over 13 years. Prior to that, he was in private practice in Washington, D.C. Mr. Garcia received his law degree from the National Law Center, George Washington University and has a BA in Political Science from the University of South Florida. As a former General Counsel, Mr. Garcia was the “client” to literally hundreds of attorneys in private practice. In that role, he learned to very quickly recognize the characteristics of a good and responsive attorney and to fully appreciate what it takes to serve the client’s needs and operate in the client’s best interest. He also understands the countless hours it takes to find that perfect hire, as well as the pros and cons of working with legal recruiters. In addition to the unique insight and benefits provided by his prior position, including the numerous and valuable contacts he has established in the Tampa area legal community, Mr. Garcia is also a Tampa native, well acquainted with the specific requirements of the Tampa Bay market, as well as the unique benefits of practicing in the Tampa area.