Joelle Schulze is an attorney recruiting expert and corporate transactional attorney. Her expertise is in lateral partner placements and select, exclusive associate and in-house searches.
Joelle joined HR Legal Search in 2010, bringing her talent for relationship building and her passion for connecting people. Her work has helped HR Legal Search be named by Texas Lawyer as Texas’ Best Legal Recruiting Firm every year since 2011. Joelle has the heart of a matchmaker and values working with attorneys, law firms, and corporate clients on exclusive terms, allowing for greater collaboration, candor, and successful connections.
Joelle was born and raised in Austin, with her maternal family in France and her paternal family in the Texas Hill Country. After growing up on the campus of The University of Texas as part of a faculty family, she set off for the Northeast for college and earned her B.A. in English from Yale University in 1994. While an undergraduate, Joelle worked for several years in the pro bono student legal clinics at Yale Law School. Between college and law school, she worked in New York City as a paralegal at Lankler Siffert & Wohl, a white collar crime and civil litigation firm, and in Austin at Scott Douglass & McConnico, a well-regarded trial and appellate boutique.
Joelle earned her J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law in 1999 and then joined the Austin office of Winstead, an AmLaw 200 law firm. Joelle practiced corporate, securities, and mergers and acquisitions law at Winstead for over six years. She was on the firm’s diversity and leadership transition committees and enjoyed recruiting, training and counseling junior associates. In 2006, Joelle transitioned to full-time legal recruiting and became a partner in her own recruiting firm before joining forces with Kathy at HR Legal Search.
Joelle serves as a speaker and consultant on topics such as in-house and private practice career management, recruiting best practices, compensation negotiation, and business development. She is a mentor to attorneys through the Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association Mentoring Program and Mother Attorney Mentoring Association of Austin and regularly advises attorneys of all levels of experience about the legal market and their career development. Joelle also serves as a Texas legal market expert every summer as part of Harvard Law School’s summer clerkship prep program called “Ask the Experts.”
Joelle is a past President of the Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association, served on the Boards of the Austin Bar Association and the Travis County Women Lawyers’ Foundation, and has served as Visiting Faculty for the Women in Law Institute of the Center for Women in Law. She is a two-time nominee for the Profiles in Power Women of Influence award of the Austin Business Journal and is a member of the State Bar of Texas. Joelle lives near Zilker Park and Barton Springs with her two kids.