Success stories

Warren was great in all respects: timely, accommodating to my schedule, he followed-up and kept me in the loop throughout the process. I have used other recruiters in the past, and while both experiences were positive, ZSA seemed better aware of the exact needs/interests of the clients, which was helpful.

Teresa Tropea, Vanguard Investments

I worked with Warren Bongard and Travis Usher on securing a candidate for our vacancy. OBSI was specifically looking for a lawyer to fulfil a Deputy, Ombudsman role. I knew that ZSA could find candidates that had the unique characteristics we were looking for.

Krista Derksen, OBSI

Wildeboer and ZSA have a long history together. We contacted ZSA because Warren has familiarity with our needs and had a connection with a top candidate. We have used other recruiters in the past and our experience with ZSA has been excellent.

Kevin Dane, Wildeboer Dellelce

I hadn’t used a recruiter before and my experience with ZSA was excellent. Warren had great knowledge of the firm and acted as a sounding board for my questions and concerns.

Katy Pitch, Wildeboer Dellelce

My experience with ZSA was excellent - Warren Bongard contacted me and assisted in securing my position as Senior Legal Counsel, helped me negotiate salary and benefits and gave me advice I may not have received otherwise.

Jason Lewis, Senior Legal Counsel | WSP

Working with Warren was an excellent experience; we got what we needed in good time and he was able to accomplish what I hadn’t been able to do on my own.

Hugh Christie, Ogletree

Warren provided us with a good selection of candidates and a trusted view of their strengths, weaknesses and fit to us. We will continue to use ZSA in the future.

Anonymous

We knew ZSA would find us a great candidate. All of the candidates presented by ZSA fit our search very well, as Warren was able to find candidates that were exactly what we were looking for. We will definitely use ZSA’s services again!

Heather Devine, Partner | Isaacs & Co.

ZSA’s approach is different than my experience with other recruiters, which has involved little analysis or follow up. Working with Warren and ZSA in general was excellent and I will use them again.

Jeffrey Ellis, Canadian Pacific Railway
Marc Isaacs, Isaacs & Co.
Stu Miller, Senior Vice President, Financial Operations | SkyPower
Jessica Bookman

We would definitely use ZSA’s services again in the future

Paul Stoyan, Gardiner Roberts LLP

Warren was a very helpful resource throughout the recruitment process and very encouraging.

Miriam Tepperman

He was very straight forward and found opportunities that were perfectly suited to my interests and expectations.

Sara Diament

Warren and his team at ZSA were very patient, professional and client-focused.

Christy O'Connor-Khan, The Weather Network

I would definitely recommend ZSA to other companies and use their services again.

Aurelio Baglione, Winchester Financial Group

Warren provided trustworthy advice and guidance throughout the entire process. We will definitely use ZSA’s services again.

Brian Wise, Assurant

Warren Bongard assisted me in obtaining the Associate Chief Counsel position at John Deere Credit. Overall, working with Warren was excellent! He provided me with advice and guidance at each stage of the process. I would definitely use ZSA again!

Steve Watson, Associate Chief Counsel

I would have no hesitation in recommending ZSA Placement, and in particular Warren Bongard, to anyone seeking to hire legal talent or to any lawyers interested in re-locating their practices.

Michael H. Appleton, Q.C., Managing Partner | Fogler, Rubinoff LLP

We hired for the role of Associate General Counsel, Litigation Management, P&C Canada. We engaged ZSA because it is important to us to know we have canvassed available candidates as broadly as possible and, in particular that we have carefully canvassed for diverse candidates. ZSA helped us with that and we had a lovely experience. Warren was very proactive and also very helpful in setting expectations – my expectations and the candidates expectations as to compensation, culture and development opportunities. We will use the services of ZSA again!

Donna Parish - BMO, Associate General Counsel, Litigation Management, P&C Canada
Anonymous Candidate

Their specialized process for attracting and screening brings us high caliber and appropriately qualified candidates.

Thomas Johnston, Former Executive Director, Legal Counsel, Chief Compliance and Risk Officer | UBS Global Asset Management

From the outset, Warren’s depth of knowledge proved invaluable. The considerable time he spent with us at the outset to help us clearly define our requirements ultimately made for a very efficient search and a desirable outcome.

Paul Dykeman, CEO | Summit Reit

ZSA recruiters have a keen understanding of our business and are very diligent in their efforts to understand our hiring needs.

Simon A. Fish, Executive Vice President & General Counsel | BMO Financial Group

I also find ZSA very adept at making new connections and finding individuals with unique skill sets when I present them with a challenging candidate profile to fulfill.

Krista Derksen, Director, Human Resources | Canadian Bankers Association

What I appreciated the most was the very qualified short list of candidates with different experience.

Tracy Connelly McGilley, VP, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary | Vector Aerospace

Their dedication to our relationship is impressive, their knowledge of the Canadian legal scene is excellent and the candidates they bring match what we are looking for.

Winn Oughtred, Former Managing Partner | Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

I would highly recommend the services of ZSA to any firm or company looking to attract high quality legal talent.

Andrew Black, Former President & CEO | Virgin Mobile Canada

Biography

Warren established his own legal search firm in 1996 before he co-founded ZSA Legal Recruitment in 1997. As President, Co-Founder, Warren manages lawyer recruitment operations and focuses his practice on partner-level hires and special in-house assignments. He also has expertise in legal team moves and law firm mergers.

Prior to co-founding ZSA, Warren practiced law for several years in the corporate finance department of Blaney McMurtry LLP. During his time there, Warren established a professional sports agency firm, specializing in the representation of NHL players.

Warren was called to the Ontario Bar in 1993 and obtained his law degree from the University of Western Ontario and his bachelor of arts from York University. Warren spent 6 years sitting on the Board of Directors at The York School, an independent school in Toronto (“TYS”). Warren was also Chair of the Board of TYS for 2 of those 6 years. Warren is also a past board member and president of the University of Western Ontario Law Alumni Association (“UWOLAA”) and the Entrepreneurs Organization, Toronto Chapter (“EO”). Currently, Warren sits on the board of the University of Western Ontario Alumni Association.

Warren’s considerable experience and track record make him a sought after speaker on the subject of legal recruitment, retention and law firm management.


Success stories

I saw a posting in the ORs, and contacted Warren Bongard to discuss further. Warren was great in all respects: timely, accommodating to my schedule, he followed-up and kept me in the loop throughout the process. I have used other recruiters in the past, and while both experiences were positive, ZSA seemed better aware of the exact needs/interests of the clients, which was helpful. Should I have a need in the future I would definitely contact Warren again.

Teresa Tropea
Vanguard Investments

I worked with Warren Bongard and Travis Usher on securing a candidate for our vacancy. OBSI was specifically looking for a lawyer to fulfil a Deputy, Ombudsman role. I knew that ZSA could find candidates that had the unique characteristics we were looking for. I’ve known Warren forever and he’s always managed to find excellent candidates. My experience was excellent. ZSA has specific knowledge that allows a recruit to speed along. The fees are reasonable as compared to others. I would definitely use ZSA’s services again.

Krista Derksen
OBSI

Wildeboer and ZSA have a long history together. We contacted ZSA because Warren has familiarity with our needs and had a connection with a top candidate. We have used other recruiters in the past and our experience with ZSA has been excellent. Warren had timely responses, good advice and obviously a good rapport/trust with the candidate. I will be using ZSA’s services again.

Kevin Dane
Wildeboer Dellelce

I contacted Warren Bongard at ZSA after seeing an ad in the Ontario Reports. I hadn’t used a recruiter before and my experience with ZSA was excellent. Warren had great knowledge of the firm and acted as a sounding board for my questions and concerns. I would definitely use ZSA’s services again.

Katy Pitch
Wildeboer Dellelce

I engaged the services of ZSA after I had seen a posting on their website I was interested in. My experience with ZSA was excellent – Warren Bongard contacted me and assisted in securing my position as Senior Legal Counsel, helped me negotiate salary and benefits and gave me advice I may not have received otherwise. Warren advocated for me, getting me things I wasn’t confident I’d receive in my offer. He was always available, gave great advice and insight. ZSA was absolutely wonderful and I would definitely use their services again.

Jason Lewis
Senior Legal Counsel | WSP

After checking with my own contacts, I enlisted Warren to assist in our search to hire a labour lawyer. Working with Warren was an excellent experience; we got what we needed in good time and he was able to accomplish what I hadn’t been able to do on my own. I will use the services of ZSA again.

Hugh Christie
Ogletree

Warren Bongard handled our search for an Employment and Pensions Counsel. We engaged ZSA because we have a longstanding relationship and have always been pleased with the results, professionalism and cost. Warren provided us with a good selection of candidates and a trusted view of their strengths, weaknesses and fit to us. We will continue to use ZSA in the future.

Anonymous

We knew ZSA would find us a great candidate. All of the candidates presented by ZSA fit our search very well, as Warren was able to find candidates that were exactly what we were looking for. We will definitely use ZSA’s services again!

Heather Devine
Partner | Isaacs & Co.

ZSA brings a lot of value to the hiring process. Rather than simply filling my inbox with resumes like some other recruiters, ZSA worked to ensure I only saw resumes they had vetted and believed were suitable. Warren also provided me with tables and spreadsheets of candidate assessments and summaries with rankings and high-level notes. ZSA’s approach is different than my experience with other recruiters, which has involved little analysis or follow up. Working with Warren and ZSA in general was excellent and I will use them again.

Jeffrey Ellis
Canadian Pacific Railway

We worked with Warren in our search for an associate lawyer. Having used ZSA in the past successfully, we went straight to ZSA again. Our experience with ZSA has been excellent. Warren is great at narrowing down the field of suitable candidates and completing salary negotiations. We have always used ZSA and will continue to do so.

Marc Isaacs
Isaacs & Co.

I have known Warren for a long time, and my experience with him has been excellent. ZSA is the leader in legal recruitment and they have the best candidates. They were also able to meet our insanely tight timeline. Of particular value is ZSA’s organization throughout the recruitment process, including coordination with candidates, and assistance/advice when making the final deal with the preferred candidate. ZSA is exponentially better compared to other recruiters and we will continue to use their services.

Stu Miller
Senior Vice President, Financial Operations | SkyPower

Warren and Siobhan were excellent! I was looking for supplementary contract work, and they found me a great position as Contract Counsel. Since it was an unadvertised position, I would not have known about it without their help. I haven’t had success with any other recruitment agency before and will definitely use ZSA again.

Jessica Bookman

Having known Warren for many years, we engaged ZSA because of their reputation for excellence, and they did not disappoint. Warren was extremely well-informed about the candidates, and honest about their capabilities. What we found very valuable was Warren’s solid understanding of our firm’s needs and his honesty and integrity in advancing particular candidates to satisfy those needs. We would definitely use ZSA’s services again in the future

Paul Stoyan
Gardiner Roberts LLP

It was an excellent experience working with Warren! Warren had the foresight to match me with a complementary firm with a niche focus, which I would not have considered before. Warren was a very helpful resource throughout the recruitment process and very encouraging. I would definitely recommend ZSA’s services.

Miriam Tepperman

I really enjoyed working with Warren! He was very straight forward and found opportunities that were perfectly suited to my interests and expectations. Warren is very professional and I appreciate all of his hard work.

Sara Diament

I really enjoyed working with Warren. Warren and his team at ZSA were very patient, professional and client-focused. I would definitely use ZSA’s services again and recommend ZSA to other companies.

Christy O'Connor-Khan
The Weather Network

It was an excellent experience working with Warren Bongard at ZSA. Warren’s in-depth understanding of the applicants and his attention to the specific requirements for the role were particularly helpful during the hiring process. I would definitely recommend ZSA to other companies and use their services again.

Aurelio Baglione
Winchester Financial Group

Warren Bongard managed our search for Lead Counsel. It was an excellent experience working with Warren! Warren provided trustworthy advice and guidance throughout the entire process. We will definitely use ZSA’s services again.

Brian Wise
Assurant

Warren Bongard assisted me in obtaining the Associate Chief Counsel position at John Deere Credit. Overall, working with Warren was excellent! He provided me with advice and guidance at each stage of the process. I would definitely use ZSA again!

Steve Watson
Associate Chief Counsel

Warren Bongard of ZSA Placement has successfully placed about 30 lawyers with the firm of Fogler, Rubinoff LLP (“FR”), of which I am the Managing Partner. The vast majority of the lawyers that Warren has placed with FR are still with us, and many have become equity partners.  I would have no hesitation in recommending ZSA Placement, and in particular Warren Bongard, to anyone seeking to hire legal talent or to any lawyers interested in re-locating their practices.

Michael H. Appleton, Q.C.
Managing Partner | Fogler, Rubinoff LLP

We hired for the role of Associate General Counsel, Litigation Management, P&C Canada. We engaged ZSA because it is important to us to know we have canvassed available candidates as broadly as possible and, in particular that we have carefully canvassed for diverse candidates. ZSA helped us with that and we had a lovely experience. Warren was very proactive and also very helpful in setting expectations – my expectations and the candidates expectations as to compensation, culture and development opportunities. We will use the services of ZSA again!

Donna Parish - BMO
Associate General Counsel, Litigation Management, P&C Canada

I was hired as a Lawyer (Consultant) in the financial services group at a law firm. I contacted ZSA because I had used Warren Bongard in the past. I did contact another recruiter, but did not proceed with them. Warren is excellent in every respect. He understands the market, he understands your needs and he knows the right strategy. He is also a believer and will never give up. He is excellent in following up and communicating. I’ve used a recruiter once before and ZSA was by far my best experience!

Anonymous Candidate

ZSA brings a valuable skill set when it comes to sourcing legal professionals. Their specialized process for attracting and screening brings us high caliber and appropriately qualified candidates. Warren Bongard at ZSA has always been very intuitive and thorough in his commitment to understanding our needs at UBS. In my experience with ZSA, the outcome is worth the investment.

Thomas Johnston
Former Executive Director, Legal Counsel, Chief Compliance and Risk Officer | UBS Global Asset Management

I was most impressed with ZSA’s speed of service as they guided us through a successful search for our Corporate Counsel position. Where our previous internal efforts took three months, Warren Bongard helped us achieve a result in three weeks. We looked for ZSA to guide us through the process and keep the project on track and Warren responded swiftly. From the outset, Warren’s depth of knowledge proved invaluable. The considerable time he spent with us at the outset to help us clearly define our requirements ultimately made for a very efficient search and a desirable outcome.

Paul Dykeman
CEO | Summit Reit

ZSA is our preferred choice of legal recruiting partner. I have always found them enormously responsive, thorough and pragmatic. ZSA recruiters have a keen understanding of our business and are very diligent in their efforts to understand our hiring needs. This shows in the quality and suitability of the candidates that they present to us for consideration.

Simon A. Fish
Executive Vice President & General Counsel | BMO Financial Group

I’ve relied on ZSA Legal recruiters to perform more than 100 searches over the course of 15 years. Working with ZSA significantly reduces my time-to-hire. They move quickly, wasting no time in presenting me with quality candidates. This is evidence of the strong relationships they maintain within the market of senior-level legal professionals. I also find ZSA very adept at making new connections and finding individuals with unique skill sets when I present them with a challenging candidate profile to fulfill.

My main contact at ZSA, Warren Bongard, is a highly ethical, dedicated and professional recruiter. Over the years Warren has helped me find and hire securities lawyers, general counsel, litigators, and clerical staff – and his track record remains virtually infallible.

Krista Derksen
Director, Human Resources | Canadian Bankers Association

Vector Aerospace was looking to hire an Associate General Counsel. We contacted Warren as I had worked with him before in the past. Overall, my experience in working with Warren was excellent! What I appreciated the most was the very qualified short list of candidates with different experience. I would definitely use ZSA again!

Tracy Connelly McGilley
VP, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary | Vector Aerospace

Throughout our seven-year history with ZSA, they have proven a valuable partner time and again. In particular, I am pleased with the excellent service we receive from Warren Bongard, Christopher Sweeney and others at ZSA. Their dedication to our relationship is impressive, their knowledge of the Canadian legal scene is excellent and the candidates they bring match what we are looking for. I highly recommend ZSA.

Winn Oughtred
Former Managing Partner | Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

I was extremely impressed with the quality and speed of service we received from ZSA in assisting our search for our V.P. General Counsel position. Warren Bongard and Christopher Sweeney were quick to understand and access our needs and culture. They presented us an excellent pool of accomplished, top quality candidates from which to choose. They were prompt, responsive and highly professional. They added significant value to our search efforts. I would highly recommend the services of ZSA to any firm or company looking to attract high quality legal talent.

Andrew Black
Former President & CEO | Virgin Mobile Canada

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