Prime Legal

Prime Legal

Our Legal Experts


Prime Legal, a part of The Richmond Group USA Companies, is exclusively focused on supporting law firms and corporate clients hire top legal professionals.

Focused on the Mid-Atlantic Region Prime Legal is annually voted within the legal community as the most outstanding legal recruiting and search firm. What sets us apart is our personal experience in the legal profession and our ability to quickly deliver on our clients’ needs and expectations.

We want to improve the lives and careers of every candidate we work with throughout their working years. We are experts in helping candidates better understand what is in their best interests now and in the future.

Successful Searches

Corporate Counsel

Paralegal

Partner

Legal Assistant

Associate Attorney

Firm Leadership

E-Discovery

Support Staff

Where legal talent & opportunity connect.


Lateral Attorney Recruiting

Corporate Counsel

Paralegal Recruiting

Staff Level Support

  • Lateral Attorney Recruiting 

Prime Legal is proud to represent small 5 attorney or less law firms to AmLaw100 firms throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region. We recruit top talent for our clients through our extensive network and proprietary database of attorneys and paraprofessionals.

Moving quickly on open searches Prime Legal takes pride in presenting talent our clients are eager to connect with about their opportunity. Candidates recruited are specific to each client firm or legal department and interested in a conversation to learn more.

  • Corporate Counsel

As more and more companies look to move talent in-house, we’ve seen an increase in the amount of these openings in our market. We’ve successfully completed searches for: Corporate Counsel, Associate General Counsel, Contract Attorneys, Corporate Paralegals. We have extensive experience fulfilling Corporate Counsel and paraprofessional roles in a range of industries from higher education, healthcare, manufacturing to publicly-traded companies in growing their internal legal teams.

Every Candidate we present will be specifically recruited for your firm or legal team. We work with Direct Hire, Contract to Hire, or temporary staff needs.

  • Paralegal Recruiting

Our recruiting support works to identify the unique needs of your practice. We search for candidates with experience in a broad range of areas including Commercial Real Estate, Litigation of many varieties, Estate & Trust, and medical backgrounds. We use our proprietary database to uncover a wide variety of hidden talent in the legal market. Every Candidate we present will be specifically recruited for your firm or legal team. We work with Direct Hire, Contract to Hire, or temporary staff needs. 

  • Staff Level Support

We cover recruiting needs for all law firm positions. By utilizing our legal expertise and experience, we service all levels of support from Firm Administrator positions to Receptionist needs. We have successfully recruited diverse positions, such as Legal IT specialists, Billing Coordinators, Marketing Directors, Legal Librarians, Executive Directors, and others with prior legal experience.

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Meet The Team

Francie Mann

Sr VP, Attorney Search, Practice Leader

Francie joined Prime Legal in 2016 as a legal recruiter after recruiting for a contract recruiting company for two years prior. Francie earned her Juris Doctorate degree from the Charleston School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia. She is licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia, District of Columbia, and South Carolina. As an attorney, Francie understands the legal market and how to help candidates find that perfect position to move their career forward. As a boutique recruiting agency, we are motivated to help candidates find the right long-term fit for their career. This helps us build lasting relationships with both our law firm clients, corporate clients, and candidates alike.  

“I love being a part of peoples’ lives involving one of the most important aspects of their life – their career. Maintaining relationships with our candidates throughout their career and watching them thrive in an opportunity that I had a small part in is the most rewarding aspect of my job.” – Francie Mann

You can find Francie volunteering at Wings of Hope, a local Christian ministry that offers therapeutic horseback riding to at risk youth, walking her goldendoodle Riley with her husband, Ed.  


Christine Tommasino

Vice President, Prime Legal Staff Corporation

Christine Tommasino heads up Legal Staff Recruitment for Prime Legal. Christine has quickly grown her network of legal support staff over the last year and is committed to finding talented, qualified staff for law firms in the Southeast. Christine has lived in Richmond since 2011 and is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University. Her extensive background in retail management has provided Christine the ability to identify and connect talent based on candidate’s career goals and each firm’s needs.
“Your career is such a big part of your life and knowing a recruiter in your field provides a career connection for now and years to come! Being able to connect with professional Legal Staff every day means that I can support their long-term goals. I’m thankful for any opportunity to connect candidates and clients, and for the impact it has on each person’s success!” – Christine Tommasino

Brianna Baldwin

Legal Recruiter

Brianna joined Prime Legal as a Legal Recruiter after working as a Paralegal in the Richmond area for 20 years. Her passion for helping others made the move from Paralegal to Recruiter an easy transition. She has brought that same passion from helping clients through personal injury matters to helping job seekers find new opportunities and understands what Legal Assistants and Paralegals look for in a new career. She looks forward to connecting with you, adding value and being a resource for your next career move.

She earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration and Management from Longwood University, is a current member of the Richmond Chapter for Association of Legal Administrators (ALA), active Notary Public and a former member of Richmond Paralegal Association (RPA). When Brianna is not working, you can find her on a road trip with friends, hiking with her German Shepherd, or volunteering with local charities.

“Networking is a huge part of our daily lives, and you never know when one single conversation can change the projection of your life/career for those who are open minded! I strive to add value to every conversation I have and enjoy helping those in the legal field level up in their career.” 


Sarah Snowman

Recruiter & Project Coordinator

Sarah is a Legal Recruiter for Prime Legal. She is a graduate from the University of Lynchburg and moved to Richmond in 2021. She has prior background in medical sales and was thrilled to join the Prime Legal team to build long-lasting relationships with legal professionals and law firms. Her favorite thing about recruiting is that she is able to help candidates reach their career goals while helping businesses grow by having the right people on their team.

In Sarah’s downtime, she enjoys reading, spending time with her chocolate lab Trigger, going to theme parks, and exploring Richmond, VA!