Lynn Mestel, Esq., is founder and president of Hire Counsel and its sister firm, Mestel & Company, which offers permanent legal search.
After an early career in advertising and marketing, Lynn opened Mestel & Company in 1987 to recruit and place law firm associates and partners and to facilitate law firm mergers. Since then, Mestel & Company has placed hundreds of lawyers throughout the U.S. and helped engineer law firm mergers and acquisitions of every size. In 1993, anticipating a changing dynamic in the legal industry, Lynn expanded her organization by opening Hire Counsel to service the law profession’s growing demand for outsourcing of traditional services performed by law firms, in house legal departments and government agencies.
Lynn’s work and success in the legal industry caught the attention of the National Law Journal, who named her in their inaugural list of “50 Business of Law Trailblazers & Pioneers.” She was also honored by The Women’s Venture Fund in 2013 as one of the leading women entrepreneurs in the U.S. and named in Law Dragon’s “100 Leading Legal Consultants and Strategists” twice, most recently in 2016. She is a recipient of the Brava Award from Smart CEO honoring top female CEO’s for entrepreneurial leadership and social commitment. The American Lawyer, Crain’s, Forbes, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal recognize her as one of the preeminent professionals in her field.
Lynn attributes a large measure of her success to her early experience working in advertising with major global clients, Procter & Gamble and CIGNA among them, where she developed an understanding and appreciation for sophisticated business strategy, operations management and exceptional client service.
Lynn holds a J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and a B.A. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, where she was elected Phi Beta Kappa. She is a member of The Economic Club of New York, the Women’s Forum of New York and is a board member of the Women’s Venture Fund. Lynn studied music at The Juilliard School and now she and her husband live in New York City near her children and grandchildren.