The A.W. Rush Team

A.W. Rush & Co. is the preeminent leader in global legal search.

Our firm provides expert guidance to lawyers seeking to advance their careers. We also provide strategic direction to law firm management, corporate legal departments and the financial services industry on issues ranging from hiring laterals to group acquisitions, firm mergers, establishment of new offices, retention of talent and the structuring of compensation.

Our extensive industry insight, dynamic network of professionals (each consultant at A.W. Rush is a former practicing attorney), innovative multinational reach (Boston office, and affiliate offices in London, Los Angeles, Paris, and Washington, D.C.), and unparalleled capabilities allow us to assist law firms, corporations, financial entities and educational institutions to attract, manage, and retain talent.

A.W. Rush is the trusted market leader in global search matching exceptional attorneys and compliance professionals with leading law firms, legal and compliance departments, and financial and commercial institutions worldwide. Our innovation, commitment to excellence, and global reach have enabled A.W. Rush to emerge as the top firm in legal search. Our success is your success.

A.W. Rush & Co., The Right Partner

Elyce Stuart Abraham, Esq.
Elyce is a founding partner of A.W. Rush & Co. She started her career in legal search in the spring of 1991, rapidly becoming one of the preeminent leaders in the legal search field. At the onset of her career, she helped develop one of the first temporary attorney placement agencies in New York, in addition to working on permanent placements. Elyce then chose to concentrate on the permanent placement side, preferring to assist candidates and clients with long-term career strategy. Elyce is known for her outstanding record of making placements that last, cultivating and maintaining strong, lasting relationships with her candidates and clients.

Elyce graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University in 1983 and received her J.D. degree in 1986 from Duke University School of Law. Elyce was an employment litigation associate before moving into the real estate practice at Epstein, Becker & Green; she then practiced with Pircher Nichols & Meeks as a real estate associate. Elyce is involved with the Food Bank of Westchester and Friends of the IDF, and is a supporter of the Columbia University Men’s Soccer team.


Jillian K. Winoker, Esq.
Jillian is a founding partner of A. W. Rush & Co. Jillian entered the legal search field in 1993. She was the Director of Associate Placement at another search firm for over 15 years. Her varied experience advising lawyers and law firms has made Jillian a valued resource for those seeking guidance in connection with achieving their goals. She specializes in placing partners both domestically and internationally. Jillian takes pride in understanding the dynamics of each client and appreciating the individuality of each candidate so that she can identify the right opportunity. Before entering the legal search field, Jillian worked as a litigation associate with Parker Chapin Flattau & Klimpl. Jillian received her B.S from Lehigh University in 1988 and graduated cum laude from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 1991. Jillian is involved with various charitable organizations. She regularly volunteers with her family at ECAD (East Coast Assistant Dogs), helping to train dogs to assist people with disabilities. She is also a strong supporter of the JCCA and the Pleasantville Cottage School.


Renée Berliner Rush, Esq.
Renée Berliner Rush is a founding partner of A.W. Rush & Co. Renée entered the legal search field in the fall of 1985. Since that time she has been a leading force in legal search. Renée is frequently called upon to speak at law firm management retreats and before law firm executive committees. She has placed hundreds of lawyers throughout the world, advised scores of executive committees on hiring and retention, and she has authored numerous legal recruitment articles over the years. In addition to placing partners in law firms, Renée specializes in orchestrating law firm mergers, assisting law firms establish new offices and placing general counsels into corporations on a worldwide basis. She provides career counseling to the professionals with whom she works and is regularly engaged as a life coach and cultural advisor.

Renée is included in the Worldwide Who's Who and is acknowledged in the roster of Top Female Executives; she is also a member of the National Association of Professional Women. Renée was on the Regional Board of the ADL, is a Board Member of MultiStages, and is involved with the Shoah Foundation. Renée graduated magna cum laude from Barnard College of Columbia University in 1978. She went on to receive her J.D. in 1981 from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.


Linda Yarden, Esq.
Linda Yarden heads the Corporate Legal and Compliance Division at A.W. Rush & Co. after spending many years in the Legal and Compliance Departments at Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Lehman Brothers. During the course of her career in the Financial Services sector, Linda served in a variety of roles, including that of Executive Vice President of the SIFMA C&L Society. Her depth of understanding of the market and her creative solutions have helped define her as the go-to recruitment strategist for the in-house market. She has advised scores of legal and compliance professionals globally and has placed numerous executives at all levels in legal and compliance in-house roles as well as with top law firms. She is in high demand as a speaker regarding issues such as Legal Department Resources and Coverage, in addition to topics such as Corporate Control Structures, Careers in Compliance, Networking, and Intelligent Interviewing. Linda serves on the Board of Trustees of Franklin & Marshall College and is an arbitrator with FINRA and the AAA. She graduated from Franklin & Marshall College in 1981 and received her Juris Doctor from St. John's University School of Law in 1984.


Allyson Albert, Esq.
Allyson Albert is Director of Associate Placement at A.W. Rush & Co. She joined A.W. Rush in 2011, specializing in associate and partner placements in law firms and in-house positions.  Allyson practiced as a litigation associate for six years, first at Proskauer Rose LLP, and later with Golenbock Eiseman Assor Bell & Peskoe LLP. Having worked at two very different law firms, Allyson understands that all law firms are not the same and is uniquely qualified to advise attorneys on various career paths. Allyson has spoken on numerous panels on resume drafting, professional development, and interviewing skills. She is a member of the Young Lawyers Division of the ADL and a member of the Career Advancement and Management Committee at the New York City Bar Association. Allyson received her B.S. from the University of Illinois in 2000 and her J.D., cum laude, from Brooklyn Law School in 2005.


Judy Frisch Monaghan, Esq.
Judy Frisch Monaghan heads the Boston office of A.W. Rush. Judy has an expertise placing both partners and associates throughout New England. Judy was an associate with two Manhattan based firms, first Lord, Day & Lord then LeBoeuf, Lamb, Leiby & MacRae, eventually transferring to LeBoeuf's Boston office were she specialized in transactional work and public utilities regulations. Judy transitioned her utilities experience to an in-house position with New England Power, now National Grid, before joining A.W. Rush focusing on the Boston market. Judy graduated cum laude from Barnard College of Columbia University in 1980. She worked at the Manhattan District Attorney's office for two years before receiving her J.D., cum laude, from Boston University Law School in 1985.


Jaclyn Tortora
Jaclyn Tortora is Director of Associate Placement at A.W. Rush & Co., specializing in associate and partner placements in law firms and in-house positions. Jaclyn’s experience, including over a decade in legal recruiting at a global law firm, gives her a depth of knowledge and understanding about how a client can successfully achieve their career objectives. Prior to joining A.W. Rush & Co., Jaclyn was the Recruiting Manager at King & Spalding for 13 years, where she was responsible, nationally and internationally, for handling all aspects of attorney recruiting, hiring and integration. During that time, she regularly provided lateral market advice and counseled candidates on their career goals. She also frequently served on law school panels advising students regarding law firm hiring processes and how to succeed as a law firm associate. Prior to King & Spalding, Jaclyn was a paralegal in Morgan Lewis’ M&A practice group for two years. Jaclyn received her B.A. from George Washington University in 2000.

Jaclyn is a volunteer committee member for Gray Matters at Columbia, a research fund within Columbia University Medical Center’s Department of Psychiatry that provides support for outstanding scientists dedicated to searching for the causes and cures of brain disorders.