Michelle Swan

Managing Director

Email: mswan@cardinalsp.com
Phone: 646-267-4939

Michelle’s goal is to help associates feel motivated and positive about their careers.  Whether an associate wants to move to another law firm, transition to a non-legal law firm role, go in-house or make an informed decision in staying where they are, Michelle commits to helping her candidates find the right fit for themselves. As a former Cravath associate, Michelle appreciates firsthand how much and how hard lawyers work, and strives to make the search process straightforward, tailored and efficient for her candidates. She loves helping other lawyers find jobs that fulfill them and getting to know them along the way. Michelle works with associates across all practice areas in New York and throughout the country.

Michelle became a legal recruiter after five and a half years as a litigator at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP. She worked on a broad range of complex commercial disputes, including securities, antitrust and intellectual property litigation. Michelle earned her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, editor for the Columbia Human Rights Law Review, member of the NALSA Moot Court Team, member of the Challenging the Consequences of Mass Incarceration Clinic, and teaching assistant. While in law school, Michelle externed for The Honorable Raymond Joseph Lohier, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Michelle graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Dartmouth College.

Outside of work, Michelle is actively involved in local social justice initiatives. She also enjoys spending time with her kids and husband, lifting weights and watching poorly- rated reality TV.