It’s About You

Above the Bar (ATB) helps attorneys take their career to the next level by offering specialized recruitment services. A resume and transcript paint some of the picture:  let ATB market you to decision-makers to present the most persuasive version of your personal and professional experiences. At ATB you have the opportunity to receive the benefit from years of legal hiring expertise, including one-on-one interview preparation, to maximize your chance of getting the job you desire.

View Matthew's Testimonials

Life’s an adventure! Chapters of my own include corporate lawyer, documentary filmmaker and legal recruiter; I’ve been an advocate in every role I’ve had which makes me uniquely qualified to represent you. Since 2008 I’ve been placing lawyers in law firms throughout the world, and since January 2012, my focus has been on the California legal market. Allow my experience to help you create the next chapter of your story.

I graduated from the Australian National University with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws. As a recruiter in Sydney, Australia, I placed Australian and New Zealand lawyers in UK and Middle Eastern roles. Prior to working in the recruitment field in the US I was a corporate lawyer with Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison in New York. More recently, I worked at two California legal search firms before founding ATB. In my spare time I enjoy hiking with my dog Joey, meditation and yoga.

Matthew Pond

Founder / Recruiter

Former Candidate Stories

We have had some wonderful experiences working with a wide variety of individuals. Here are some thoughts from former candidates.

“Within a matter of just four days, I applied for a position through Ashley, interviewed for the position, and received an offer. Ashley was happy to provide her support and assistance throughout the negotiation process, too.”

Litigation AssociateRegional CA firm, Los Angeles

“Matthew is extremely knowledgable about the California legal market.”

AssociateOrange County, CA

“Matthew's service was top notch, I couldn't have asked for anything more.”

CounselLos Angeles

“With Matthew's help, I had an offer within two months.”

AssociateSilicon Valley

“With the time and care that Matthew puts in, it feels as if you are his only (or most important!) client.”

AssociateLos Angeles

“After several discussions with Matthew, he knew exactly what type of job I was looking for, and he found (and secured an interview for) the perfect position in terms of experience, interest, and personal values.”

Senior AssociateSan Francisco

“Matthew is extremely communicative and detail oriented and prepared me for every step of the process.”


“I felt more comfortable working with Matthew than any other recruiter in the past.”

AssociateLos Angeles

“Cam is extremely responsive, knowledgeable about the market, and has been very honest with me about opportunities and whether or not they would be a good fit for my experience and interests.”

BigLaw Litigation Associate

“Cam was instrumental in convincing me to explore and accept my current opportunity and close down my 25-year practice.”

Former Solo Practitioner

Tell us your Story

ATB is ready to help you

925 N La Brea Ave – 4th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90038

[email protected]

(310) 968-5441

Above and Beyond the Bar

Success is measured in many different ways. At ATB, kindness is key and the notion of giving back is paramount. If you are placed in a position a donation in your name will be made to one of the following service organizations, or one of your choosing.


Lambda Legal

Giffords Law Center