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



Legal Assistant

Associate Attorney

Firm Leadership


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 is a Legal Recruiter for Prime Legal. She has grown her legal recruiting contacts and network for over two years. 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. She looks forward to hearing your story and connecting you with the best firms in the Southeast.
“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

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

Tiffany Hitaffer

Legal Research Analyst, Prime Legal

Tiffany Hitaffer works as a Legal Staff Recruiter for Prime Legal. She enjoys her day-to-day not only connecting with but having real conversations with candidates. Tiffany moved to Richmond in 2012 and Graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University. She worked in the legal industry before making the natural transition to the Prime Legal team. Tiffany loves food, festivals, and anything with paws.
“I’ve always enjoyed connecting with people in social and professional settings. Having been in customer service-centered industries and always working with people face to face, it just feels natural to have genuine conversations. I enjoy utilizing my skills to help people to make positive changes in their lives and careers.” — Tiffany Hitaffer