The secret behind our shared success? Probity and dogged pursuit of making ONLY the right fit.

WHY CYPRESS?

Excellence. It's the one word we all live by...

Cypress Recruiting Group was launched in 2001, long before the Asian markets stepped into the world's economic spotlight and became the focus of the world's attention. Unlike other large U.S. based recruiting firms with one recruiter assigned to the Asian region, the entire Cypress team focuses exclusively on the Asian legal markets and our team consists of research associates, marketing and H.R. specialists and ex-practicing attorneys from top-tier law firms.

Cypress has the staff and resources to accommodate associates and partners looking for a wide variety of opportunities and firms and we pride ourselves on being responsive and offering a full range of support. As the first and only US-based legal recruiting firm to specialize exclusively on law firm and in-house placements in the China, India, Japan, Singapore and South Korea legal markets, Cypress has built unparalleled relationships with the Hiring and Managing Partners of top-tier US and UK law firms as well as domestic and international corporations. With our narrow focus and profound understanding of the market, Cypress is uniquely positioned to provide accurate and up-to-date information regarding job opportunities as well as logistical, cultural and practical advice organic to the region.

The rapid expansion and resulting intricacies of the Asian legal markets necessitate that Cypress offer far more than the standard level of recruiting services. The recruiting procedures and points of contact are continually changing as the markets mature, and we rely on our strong relationships to ensure that our candidates are considered by the actual decision-makers. Our team is led by Dawn P. Robertson, a graduate of Harvard Law School and ex-practicing corporate associate at a Wall Street firm. The team is also comprised of US and foreign qualified attorneys and several research associates who focus a tremendous amount of energy and resources helping our candidates navigate this complex and exciting legal landscape. We also provide guidance on remuneration such as ex-pat packages, relocation expenses and tax consequences. Such information can be found in the Cypress Guide to the Law Firms in Asia.

Cypress works on international firm mergers, partner and group placements. We also provide consultation to law firms entering the Asian markets including the identification of regional market trends and growth opportunities, conducting market analysis and profiling the major players in the market.

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Dawn P. Robertson, Esq.

Managing Partner

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William Wesley, Esq.

Managing Partner

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Karam Dahiya, Esq.

Consultant

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Thomas Hayward

Recruitment Associate

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Teresa Marzilli

Research Associate

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Melissa Katsoris

Recruitment Associate

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Amy Amornpongpisut

Recruitment Associate

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Ted Weisman

Research Associate

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Ira Handa

Marketing and Client Relations

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Zara Mohidin

Recruitment Associate

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Harris Novick

Marketing Director

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J. Cobe

Content Manager

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Kavita Maini

Research Associate

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Jiun-Wen (Bob) Teoh

Research Associate

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Jacob S. Hansen

Recruitment Associate

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Susannah L. Griffee

Research Associate

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Thomas Jones

Recruitment Specialist

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Kelly Ulrich

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Dawn P. Robertson, Esq.

Managing Partner

Dawn P. Robertson, Esq. graduated from Harvard Law School in 1997 and the University of Pennsylvania summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. After law school, Ms. Robertson lived abroad and traveled extensively throughout Asia. Ms. Robertson was a corporate associate at both Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver and Jacobson and later, Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler. Ms. Robertson works primarily out of our New York, Hong Kong and Tokyo offices.

In 2001, Ms. Robertson saw a need for a legal recruiting firm to service the growing needs of both expats and foreign qualified attorneys hoping to practice in Asia. Given the nature of these often confusing and complex emerging markets, Ms. Robertson wanted to provide reliable and up-to-date cultural, legal and market information to the growing number of attorneys entering these markets. Ms. Robertson envisioned a solution from an entirely fresh perspective and launched Cypress Recruiting to guide and consult attorneys rather than focus on just filling particular job opportunities. Ms. Robertson has watched the markets mature over the years and is known for her expertise and the unique, professional and honest approach that she brings to the legal recruiting industry.

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William Wesley, Esq.

Managing Partner

William graduated from Harvard Law School in 1999 and was a corporate associate in Sullivan & Cromwell's London office. Will received his B.A. from the University of Berkeley in 1995 and also studied at Guanajuato University in Mexico and Uppsala University in Sweden. Will has traveled extenstively throughout Asia and is a long term resident of London.

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Karam Dahiya, Esq.

Consultant

LL.M., Harvard Law School
Visiting Scholar, New York University Law School
M.A. International Sociology and Law, Onati International Institute for the Sociology of Law, Madrid, Spain

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Thomas Hayward

Recruitment Associate

Thomas Hayward has British and French nationality. Thomas studied languages applied to Law, Economics and Business Administration at UBO University of Brest in France. Thomas has greatly enjoyed teaching English as a second language to engineering researchers to help them gain confidence and clarity speaking to an audience. As a singer-songwriter he has toured intensively in Europe, Asia and Canada, also taking the role as the booker/manager for his ex band. He has also discovered acting and now lives in Montreal where he heads our Canadian office and enjoys acting in various film projects. Thomas has a very deep interest in intercultural communication, psychology, philosophy and human interaction.

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Teresa Marzilli

Research Associate

Teresa Marzilli graduated from the University of Vermont, focusing her studies in Education. Teresa has traveled throughout South East Asia and spent several months teaching in Thailand. Teresa is passionate about writing and educational reform.

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Melissa Katsoris

Recruitment Associate

Melissa Katsoris graduated from New York University in 2011 with B.A. in Economics and History and minors in Law & Society and Business Studies. During college, she worked for Minority Leader Councilman James Oddo at Manhattan's City Hall, the Public Service Network and the Veterans Assistance Project at the New York City Bar Association. She also volunteered for the International Rescue Committee from 2007-2008 working with Liberian refugee children in New York. Ms. Katsoris is proficient in Modern Greek language and has traveled extensively in Greece, Europe, and the Middle East.

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Amy Amornpongpisut

Recruitment Associate

Amy Amornpongpisut is fluent in English, Polish, and Spanish. Because of her Thai background, Amy is greatly interested in reading and writing about current events in Asia. Her passion is travelling and the new experiences, people, cultures, and languages she encounters when doing so. In her spare time, Amy likes to read, watch movies, and spend time with her friends and family.

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Ted Weisman

Research Associate

Ted Weisman is Research Associate at Cypress Recruiting. He studies law at Harvard Law School. He continues to add insight and contribution to our team. Mr. Weisman has experience living in China and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese. He received his B.A. from Tufts University, with a double major in International Relations and Chinese.

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Ira Handa

Marketing and Client Relations

Ira joined Cypress after practicing intellectual property and corporate law in an Indian law firm. She earned her LL.M. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and holds a business and law certification from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. She also received her Bachelors and Honors Degree in Law from Amity Law School, Delhi. Ms. Handa's law and business expertise includes advising international companies regarding their IP portfolios, franchising and other international transactions, FDI and establishment of business in India.

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Zara Mohidin

Recruitment Associate

Zara Mohidin studied at NYU majoring in Social and Cultural Analysis and minoring in Law & Society and plans to attend law school in the future. Her academic concentration is in political, economic and cultural developments of Asia and the Middle East. She is fluent in Urdu and proficient in Arabic, Hindhi, Italian and Spanish. She has had previous experience working as a Budget Analyst in the Manhattan Borough President's Office and as the Chief of Staff for California's Youth Legislature and Government program. She has traveled extensively throughout the Middle East and Asia and hopes to continue her experiences abroad.

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Harris Novick

Marketing Director

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J. Cobe

Content Manager

J. Cobe is a freelance writer and editor currently working out of our new Australia office in Newcastle. In 1988, J. graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. in Philosophy and English Literature. A well seasoned international traveler, he has toured throughout Asia. J. has been responsible for the content and maintenance of an international film database, technical writing for what is now Verizon, and the development and management of writers' careers and material for film and television, in both New York City and Los Angeles. In his free time, J. is a competitive frisbee player.

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Kavita Maini

Research Associate

Kavita Maini attended New York University double majoring in history and economics and plans to attend law school in the future. She is fluent in Hindi and proficient in French. She has traveled extensively within India and volunteered teaching underprivileged children English.

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Jiun-Wen (Bob) Teoh

Research Associate

Jiun-Wen Teoh is a sophomore at New York University studying Dramatic Literature, minoring in Music. Born and raised in Taiwan, he is fluent in Chinese and also proficient in Japanese. Before college, he has worked at several firms as an assistant and translator. After moving to New York, he wrote reviews and articles for various entertainment and music publications.

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Jacob S. Hansen

Recruitment Associate

Jacob Hansen is a senior at New York University majoring in Politics with a double minor in Philosophy and History. Vice-President and perennial Captain of NYU’s national-championship Mock Trial team, Jacob plans to attend law school in the future. His time with the team has given him ample experience with the law, both inside the courtroom and outside. He has experience with managing budgets, administering teams within a larger organization, writing professional articles, public speaking, and interacting with judges and lawyers both in New York and beyond.

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Susannah L. Griffee

Research Associate

Susannah Griffee is a junior at NYU double majoring in Politics and Journalism and is considering attending law school in the future. She has traveled throughout Europe and China. She has previously worked as an intern at various media outlets including NBC, The New Yorker, and The New York Times. She has also worked as a contributing writer at USA Today, PolicyMic, and GoKicker.com.

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Thomas Jones

Recruitment Specialist

Thomas graduated in 1994 with a B.A. in Social Psychology and a minor in Economics. Having lived in Venezuela and Australia as a youngster and traveling around the west of America, Thomas' wonderlust could not be contained. After university Thomas continued his travels and explored South East Asia, where he became enamored with Asian culture and cuisine. It is then he started honing his skills as a chef and farmer. He has since cooked in various regions of the world and now makes his home in Hawaii where he maintains a tropical fruit and flower farm.

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Kelly Ulrich

Most of Kelly’s career has focused on education reform and social justice in the non-profit and public sectors. She sat on her first hiring and resume review committee in 1999. She began her first recruiting in 2006. In 2009, she worked on a 6-month search, review, interview and hiring process with her then current employer. She has intimate knowledge of what it takes to find the ‘right’ match for the ‘right’ institution. Her passion for recruiting and law, solidified when she realized her skills sets in communication, marketing for educational sessions, and hiring employees could expand into making connections for others. Kelly brings a strong attention to detail, holds skills in mediation, and has a calm direct approach to finding clarity in challenging situations.

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