Elizabeth Lazzara Smith, Esq. / Senior Managing Director 


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Elizabeth joined SJL Attorney Search in 2011 and was named Senior Managing Director in 2016.  She directs SJL’s in-house practice and also places attorneys at law firms across the country, dual roles which uniquely position her to advise attorneys on the short-term actions they should undertake in order to actualize their long-term goals.  

Law firms and corporate clients alike appreciate Elizabeth’s business acumen, discerning judgment and aptitude for developing a deep understanding of their hiring needs in order to identify the highest-caliber candidates and assist with a successful integration.  Given her market knowledge, she also speaks on industry and law school panels and counsels Harvard and Stanford law students on their On-Campus Interviewing strategies. 

Elizabeth is a lecturer-in-law teaching Legal Practice at Columbia Law School. Prior to joining SJL, she practiced as a litigation associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP.  

Elizabeth graduated, cum laude, from Dartmouth College and earned her law degree from Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.  

A native of Orange County, California, Elizabeth is passionate about food and enjoys cooking, baking and exploring the newest restaurants in New York. She is also an accomplished pianist and avid traveler, having visited more than 45 countries and 40 states.