Mike is Managing Partner, ZSA Western Canada, with over 15 years of legal search and recruitment experience. He focuses on acquiring high performing Partners, Associates and teams for law firms, and In-house Counsel at all levels for Canadian and international corporations, and public sector bodies.
Prior to joining ZSA in 2016, Mike was a Director at one of Australia’s leading specialist executive search firms focused solely on the Legal profession. Mike spent over a decade in Australia helping to grow legal businesses – both private practice law firms and in-house legal teams – through placing lawyers and facilitating law firm mergers. Previously Mike was a commercial litigation lawyer at Australia’s largest law firm.
Mike has lived in Canada before and completed his final semester of law school at the University of British Columbia. Mike is married to a Canadian and his family decided to make the move here permanently, shortly before joining ZSA.
As head of the Western Canadian operations for ZSA for the last 5 years, Mike has led a large number of successful searches for in-house lawyers within corporate in-house legal departments, public sector organizations, and law firms. Since joining ZSA, Mike has personally placed over 150 lawyers, not including his previous decade of legal recruitment experience in Australia.
I was placed as COO & General Counsel through ZSA and dealt with Mike Race. The posting was made by ZSA through LinkedIn which had been my other primary search mechanism. Mike was excellent and always took the time to understand my unique strengths, experience and goals. We had been communicating about roles for years and he has always given me great advice and perspective on the market and my position in it. He also gave great advice on how to navigate different and sometimes unique recruitment processes in the tech start-up world. I have used other recruiters in the past but my experience with ZSA was superior.
Tanveer SiddiquiCOO/General Counsel | XTM Inc.
I was placed as an Associate Lawyer and dealt with consultant Mike Race. Mike is the go-to person who is reasonable, trustworthy and extremely knowledgeable of the legal market. Mike does not make promises but he knows who to contact; he makes the contacts discreetly; and, he has sound advice for the career placement. My dealings with him were excellent. I have seen many recruiters before but I can tell you that I would not want to go anywhere else except to work with Mike Race. He works with integrity. I have used other recruiters in the past but Mike Race impressed me with his genuine care and his ability to connect with the different firms seamlessly. Mike, thank you so much for finding my new home.
Jae-Yeon LimAssociate Lawyer | Harris & Company LLP
My consultant at ZSA was Mike Race and his team – Tessie, Amrit and Sara. We knew we wanted to utilize an agency for this hire. I had contacted 3 other agencies but after speaking with Mike, I felt ZSA was the best match. They answered all of our questions; they took the time to learn the role and about our company; and, the rate/payment schedule was inline for what we were aiming for. My experience was excellent and I appreciated the super quick and responsive communication and they presented us with 4 fantastic candidates. The screening process was most beneficial as it allowed for full use of both of our time rather than being presented with candidates that were not aligned with our business. We have used other recruiters in the past but not for legal. We had used ZSA in the past (former HR rep) so were glad to have been able to utilize them again and would be very likely to use ZSA again for future hires.
Samantha SusidkoValard Construction
We engaged ZSA as we had recently posted for a Legal Counsel, and didn’t want to post too frequently for the same position. We had also used ZSA in the past, and had good results. My experience with Mike was excellent. He was super communicative and sent us quality candidates. Mike was also super helpful with all my questions and kept me informed throughout the process. We were hiring over the awkward time of December/end of the year, and he was able to quickly get us some candidates to interview. I would use the services of ZSA again.
Sarah DaltropHR Assistant | HEABC
I was looking for an HR Manager and was not having any success with any search agencies. I had worked with Mike at ZSA before. He set up a meeting with me very quickly after I reached out to him in order to get a better understanding of what I was looking for and also promptly got back to me with some good candidates. I appreciated how well Mike followed up and let me know what was happening so I wasn’t left wondering what was going on with my search or the candidate I was interested in. Mike offered excellent customer service and was attentive to my needs and concerns to fill that position. I have used other recruiters in the past and ZSA is above the others and I will use them again.
Sandra MoulandGeneral Manager | Fasken
I engaged ZSA to assist with a specialized search for an in house counsel. I had not made any previous efforts to reach out to a recruiting agency and was referred to ZSA by the legal counsel of a large national corporation. We were hiring for a General Counsel & Corporate Secretary position and dealt with Mike Race. Mike was excellent, efficient, and clear and concise. The candidate profiles also met with and exceeded expectations. What I found particularly helpful was his managing of the candidate process end to end, and he was knowledgeable and provided support managing candidate expectations and the closing process. I have used other recruiters in the past but ZSA has a specialized niche, and it is to the credit of the organization for these roles to have deep knowledge. I would use the services of ZSA again in the future and thank the whole team for their tireless efforts moving us through the process!
Lisa BeckVice President Human Resources | Loop Energy Inc.
We were looking to hire an office manager and had posted on a CBA job board. Working with Mike was excellent. Not only was he quick to respond but if we needed additional information, he was on it right away. We valued the quality candidates he brought to the hiring process. We will use ZSA in the future.
Barbara McNabSynergy Business Lawyers
I was placed by ZSA in the position of General Counsel & Corporate Secretary. My experience dealing with Mike was excellent. I found it particularly helpful that he was able to move things along quickly and answered my questions. ZSA is excellent compared to others I have used in the past.
Bonnie AndriachukGeneral Counsel & Corporate Secretary
I engaged ZSA because of Mike’s reputation. I did not apply to any jobs or complete an active search prior to engaging ZSA. Mike was excellent to work with and I will be recommending him to any friends who are hoping for a change. Mike is confident and took care of all of the little things for me, so I could concentrate on performing in the interviews and making decisions. I have used other recruiters in the past but ZSA has been far superior because I felt less pressured.
Brandon DeanAssociate Lawyer | Fasken
I had worked with another recruiter who, while doing good work, was not moving things along as quickly as I’d liked. Mike is excellent – very fast and a great communicator. He kept me in the loop at all times and appeared to be very well-connected in the market, letting me know what his contacts were saying and where there might be opportunities arising. While I appreciated the work of another recruiting firm I was using during the process, Mike and ZSA provided superior service. I recommended Mike to a friend, and within a week he had several offers lined up. Fantastic service.
I contacted Mike Race regarding a job posting with ZSA for a 1-2 year commercial real estate position. My experience with Mike was excellent. Mike is an incredible recruiter. He was helpful in guiding me through the process; contacted me regularly during interviews; and was very quick to respond to any questions I had. It was great to have a “middle-man” in the process who had experience with the process and who kept me updated on my progress in the interview process. I have spoken to other recruiters in the past; however, I was underwhelmed. ZSA’s services were superior.
Hailey LaycraftTerra Law Corporation
Mike had stayed in touch with us and became aware of our need to hire a junior associate. Working with Mike was excellent. He was efficient, communicated clearly and understood our firm’s unique culture and requirements. What I found particularly helpful in the process was Mike’s facilitating discussions with the candidates. We have used other recruiters in the past but I enjoyed working with Mike and would trust him with future searches.
Maryam ZargarManaging Partner | Zargar Lawyers
We had been recruiting for this position for over three months with no success when we decided to contact several recruiters. We approached ZSA and Mike was willing to work with us and give us the right support and feedback during the hiring process. Dealing with Mike was excellent and his experience and negotiation skills were vital in the hiring process. I will use ZSA again in the future.
Claudia FleischerCaron & Partners
I engaged ZSA after applying around 25 times on my own in search for a role in a specific sector. Dealing with Mike was excellent. He is an amazing person and I could not be happier with my experience. Mike brought great value to the hiring process in that not only did he make the connection with my current employer, but he provided great advice along the way, was super supportive, and generally made the experience positive.
Patrick TeichrebMorton Law LLP
I wanted to look at positions across Canada and contacted Mike Race with ZSA because he operates in Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary. I hadn’t used a recruiter in the past but my experience was excellent. Mike was very knowledgeable, professional personable and timely in his responses. I would definitely use ZSA’s services again.
We are pleased with ZSA’s success in placing qualified candidates within our company. Their ability to clearly understand our needs makes for a very efficient search process. In particular, I appreciate ZSA’s thorough analysis of each candidate prior to the interview stage. These analysis reports are always helpful and demonstrate ZSA’s solid understanding of our recruiting objectives and corporate goals. We have enjoyed a very successful history with ZSA and I happily recommend their services.
Sylvia Pagnotta-FeracoFormer Human Resources Department | Chubb Insurance Company of Canada
I had a specific hiring need for our company’s small legal department and contacted Mike Race from ZSA to assist. Mike was terrific in understanding our position description and objectives for filling the role. We were presented with a number of excellent candidates and managed to go through the process quickly and efficiently. I found value in the quality of candidates and ZSA’s interview notes were also very good. Mike was good at providing a bit of feedback and guidance as needed. I hadn’t used other recruiters, but my experience with Mike was excellent and I would definitely use ZSA’s services again.
Suzanne DaviesEnsign Energy Services
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.