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Our Team

Matthew Dorf

& Chief Executive Officer

Christie Bonasera

Managing Director 
of Attorney Placement & Coaching

Robert Graham Gibbons -

Managing Director 
of Partner Placement

Jennifer Soberman

Managing Director 
of Associate Placement

Our clients say

  • “J. Smith Associates and its CEO Matthew Dorf are simply an indispensable recruiting resource for me. When I call upon Matt and his firm, I am confident they will bring me the most talented, experienced and highly qualified candidates for me to consider which meets the demands of my practice and those of my clients.”

    Leslie A. Plaskon
    Partner, Co-Head Global Finance Practice
    Sidley Austin

  • “I called upon Matt and his team to identify candidates with very specific industry knowledge. Within six weeks, he brought me two fantastic mid-levels whom we

    Blair M. Tyson
    Alternative Investments Partner

  • “I have worked with Matthew Dorf on a number of placements for our office.
    Matt understands and appreciates his client’s complex and often challenging hiring needs and has carefully identified multiple candidates that have both the skill set and personality for our firm. I would highly recommend Matt and
    J. Smith Associates.”

    Michael J. McCarthy
    Real Estate Partner

  • “I wanted to make a career change at the start of the pandemic, but I was worried about the challenges facing the industry. The JSA team educated me about the fast-changing legal landscape. They provided me with important information that became critical to my decision-making process. The JSA team fielded all my questions and provided much needed advice to help me make a successful career move. I couldn’t be happier with my new firm.”

    Corporate Associate
    Finn Dixon

  • “I had a slow start to my career and was looking to change jobs. Matt and his team helped understand my career objectives and what I wanted to move away from. I now work at the firm I wanted to join since law school. I refer all my friends to JSA when they are looking for their next career move.”

    Executive Compensation Associate
    Kirkland & Ellis
  • "In the 10+ years that I have worked with Christie Bonasera and Matt Dorf, I have found them to be creative problem solvers, client-service oriented, thoughtful and hardworking. I look forward to continued collaboration to achieve our recruiting goals."

    Bonnie Hurry
    Chief Human Resources Officer
    Willkie Farr & Gallagher