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.

Taylor Friedlander

Matthew Pond

Founder / Recruiter

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.

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Taylor Friedlander

Taylor Friedlander


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Never stop exploring – every voyage is a teacher. My own journey started in Los Angeles (born and raised). Curious for a change, I went to Amherst College in Massachusetts, where I majored in English and took time to study abroad in the Dominican Republic. Overseas, I volunteered at an orphanage where children faced disadvantages because of injustices within the legal system. These observations motivated me to attend law school and earn my Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine. There, I was heavily involved with the Refugee and Asylum Law Clinic, stepping into the role of Assistant Director when I graduated. I later joined the BARBRI Group to help students pass the bar exam.

I enjoy helping other people, which is what attracts me to legal recruiting. I am excited about finding fulfilling opportunities for attorneys that will both advance their careers and allow them time for the things they love. For me, that means being with family and friends, practicing yoga, hiking, and cooking.

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Former Candidate Stories

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

“I would recommend Taylor Friedlander from Above the Bar to both candidates looking for new roles and law firms looking to fill open positions. Taylor reached out to me with an ideal job that I never would have found on my own. I couldn’t be happier with the entire experience from start to finish.”

Tax PartnerSan Francisco

“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.”


“Taylor is very smart, funny, personable, and overall a great representative. I was always impressed at Taylor's responsiveness”

Labor Relations AttorneyLos Angeles

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

AssociateLos Angeles

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

AssociateSilicon Valley

“Taylor is a great recruiter who takes our wants into account, and very responsive and easy to work with to boot”

Public Agency AttorneyLos Angeles

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

AssociateLos Angeles

“I don’t think I would have been nearly so focused or prepared without Taylor's help and encouragement.”

Insurance Coverage AssociateOrange County

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

CounselLos Angeles

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

AssociateOrange County, CA

“It has been an honor to work with Taylor Friedlander at Above the Bar. I am particularly impressed by her diligence, professionalism, and attention to detail”

Real Estate AssociateSan Diego

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

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(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