Trial lawyer Scott Atlas left private practice in September 2009 to work as campaign finance chairman for Bill White’s U.S. Senate bid. After White, a former mayor of Houston, lost the election, Atlas says he worked as an expert witness and consultant, and more recently started mediating.
Now using his Rolodex and wide network of contacts, Atlas has launched Atlas Counsel Search to provide businesses, individuals and nonprofits with lawyer referrals for individual projects. “It’s one-shot legal headhunting,” Atlas says. “If a business or individual or charity needs a lawyer for an individual transaction or lawsuit or matter, for a flat fee I will find several of them.”
He says the service provides clients with an alternative to seeking referrals from friends or other lawyers. “I have seen many, many businesses over the years where the lawyer they hired was not just the right match for the skill set they needed,” he says.
Atlas says he will have no affiliation with any lawyers, and will accept no payment from lawyers for a referral.
Atlas says the business will be a change from his busy trial practice – he was a partner in Weil, Gotshal & Manges in Houston before he took an indefinite leave to work on White’s campaign – but he decided it was time to try something different.
“This is not a rejection of what I’ve done before, just an opportunity to try something new,” he says.
-- Brenda Sapino Jeffreys