Why PBG?

We deliver legal talent.

We believe that finding talent doesn’t stop at top credentials. With over 70 years of collective experience as attorneys and managing legal talent, PBG is committed to ensuring that the individual needs of employers and candidates are met in every search. As attorneys, we understand the importance of confidentiality and integrity in our work. Trust, integrity, and expertise — that’s our promise to you.

PBG adheres to the ethical standards set forth by the National Association of Legal Search Consultants (NALSC).
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Who We Are

We are attorneys. We are experts in legal hiring. We believe talent management should be tailored to the needs and values of each employer and every candidate.  Together we bring over 70 years of experience.

Abe Pollack
Co-Founder & Principal

Abe has counseled hundreds of attorneys on their job searches and fostered relationships with managing partners, general counsels, and recruiting managers. Abe was the Associate Dean for Professional Development and Career Strategy at the George Washington University Law School and a Director at the Georgetown University Law Center’s Office of Career Services. He has worked closely with the hiring leaders at the nation’s top legal employers. In addition, Abe was an attorney at two AmLaw 100 law firms in Washington, DC.

Ethel Badawi
Co-Founder & Principal

Ethel has dedicated her professional life to helping individuals find careers that inspire joy and growth. Having worked as a recruiter and career adviser, she understands that maximizing the potential of any organization requires talented individuals with shared goals and values.  In career development, Ethel advised over 500 university graduates, paralegals, recent law graduates, and attorneys in strategic decision making to advance their professional careers and find their professional home at law firms, businesses, and the government.

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Office: (202) 853-9131
Mobile: (202) 251-2966

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Office: (202) 808-9085
Mobile: (202) 714-4230

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Benjamin Cheng

Benjamin Cheng

Ben has advised hundreds of individuals on finding careers that most resonate with them. Ben has a particularly unique perspective of the diversity of legal sector jobs available for attorneys: he has counseled both JD and LLM students as a professor and career advisor at Georgetown Law, and prior to that, he worked at a top 10 AmLaw firm, at an international investment banking firm in New York City, and at an international consulting firm in Boston. Ben’s experiences have allowed him to collaborate with many companies and firms, and through those opportunities, he has developed a nuanced understanding of what employers want and need. In addition to PBG, Ben is a co-founder of Perez & Cheng LLC, a diversity & inclusion consultancy, and runs DiversityHive, the legal industry’s only diversity & inclusion newsletter and home of the Big Law Racial Injustice Response Tracker. He also teaches a class for first-generation Georgetown undergraduate students. Ben holds a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and an A.B. in Biochemistry from Harvard University. Read more and connect with Ben on LinkedIn.

Sheila Driscoll

Sheila has been involved with the legal profession for over 20 years — first as a federal law clerk and practicing BigLaw attorney, then as a career advisor to law students and attorneys.   She has advised thousands of law students and attorneys on navigating their job search and landing the most competitive positions with federal judges and prestigious law firms.  As the Director of Judicial Clerkships at The George Washington University Law School for 15 years, Sheila developed close relationships with students, alumni, faculty and judges to facilitate clerkship hiring.  She has held several leadership positions on NALP and WALRAA.  Sheila has a B.A. from Stanford University and J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. Read more and connect with Sheila on LinkedIn.

Torey Phillips

Torey has worked in the Washington, D.C. legal industry for almost two decades, specializing in the full life cycle of attorney talent acquisition as well as professional development and diversity initiatives.  Most recently, she was Director of Attorney Recruiting at Crowell & Moring, an AmLaw Top 100 law firm, where she led a team of professionals responsible for the recruitment of top legal talent across the country.  Throughout her career, Torey has actively collaborated with attorneys and senior legal professionals to design and implement innovative recruiting and diversity programs that have been nationally recognized by industry leaders.  She believes deeply that the primary indicator of an organization’s success is the quality of its people and has spent her professional life focused on building strong relationships with law firms, law schools and other legal industry professionals to ensure the best possible fit between candidates and firms.  Torey has held leadership positions with NALP and WALRAA and has a B.A. from Elon University.  Read more and connect with Torey on LinkedIn.

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Office: (202) 804-4976

Contact Sheila:
Office: (202) 804-4988
Mobile: (202) 841-2047

Contact Torey:
Office: (202) 851-4843

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Philip Wilkerson
Assistant Director

Philip has a wealth of experience in career planning, having worked in the career and admissions offices at George Mason University, George Washington University, and Virginia Commonwealth University. Philip has worked with hundreds of students to help launch their careers in a range of industries. At George Mason, Philip was repeatedly recognized for his efforts to promote diversity in the workplace. He was the recipient of the “Pillar Award,” which is given to a GMU staff member who best supports Black students. Philip was the Vice President of Engagement for GMU’s Black Alumni Chapter, the faculty advisor for GMU’s NAACP chapter, and advisor to the Iota Alpha Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Philip has a M.Ed. in Career Counseling from George Mason University and a B.A. from James Madison University. In his spare time he runs Positive Philter, a podcast about how to infuse positive thinking into everyday life.

Lisa Hoffman
Assistant Director

Lisa leverages her past experience as a teacher and counselor to assist attorneys in finding the right opportunities to advance their professional careers. Professionally trained in social work, counseling, and coaching, Lisa is focused on helping attorneys find jobs that are meaningful and fulfilling.  Before joining PBG, she served as a certified school guidance counselor at Locklin Technical College, where she advised and counseled students in academics and career pathways. Lisa has a M.S. in Counseling Psychology from Nova Southeastern University and a B.S. in Psychology from Florida State University. Lisa is also a certified personal trainer and nutrition coach.
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Legal Employers

Finding the right talent means understanding your needs and your values. As a boutique firm, we strive to meet with every client and build lasting partnerships for strategic growth. PBG places attorneys with a diverse range of in-house legal departments and AmLaw 200, regional, and boutique law firms.  We carefully screen our candidates to ensure that they fit your hiring criteria and office culture.  

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Our goal is to be your trusted advisor and help you achieve your career objectives. We work with associates, counsel, and partners to ensure that career moves are strategic and deliberate. By partnering with us, we will help you evaluate your current platform, identify career options, and maximize your long-term professional goals. From resume reviews, to interview preparation, to offer evaluation, and every step in between, we’ll work beside you through every stage of the job search process.

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Academic Institutions

Drawing upon our experience in academia, we partner with academic institutions on their unique employment needs.PBG has worked with top 25 law schools to recruit and place administrators such as Dean and Director level positions. Our team will partner with your office to develop comprehensive job descriptions, conduct outreach to potential candidates, provide guidance on the interview process, and assist in early stages of onboarding. We also work with law schools on a consultancy basis to identify strategies for graduate employment. Contact us for more details.

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Recruiting top talent

We work with attorneys at all stages of their careers to achieve professional success.  Below are selected current openings, but we have many opportunities that are not posted. Contact us for a tailored approach in your job search. We handle every inquiry with discretion and confidentiality.

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    600 New Hampshire Ave. NW
    Suite 610
    Washington, DC 20037

    Tel. (202) 853-9131