The Firm

Attorney Placements International specializes in assessing and recruiting attorneys with track records for facilitating a competitive advantage and sustainable value to law firms and corporations.


The worldwide success of our firm has been built on our insights into the people dynamics of law firms and corporations and their global leadership requirements.

Founded by a Practicing Attorney

Attorney Placements International was founded by a practicing attorney with a distinctive vision and structure aimed at achieving two basic goals – to place our clients’ interests first and to lead our profession in creating value for our clients through the assessment and recruitment of top attorney talent the world over.

Client-first Vision

The most fundamental expression of our client-first vision resides in our structure, which is unique to our profession. Our consultants, who operate from our international offices, are organized around a single-profit center partnership.

Our Reach

Our reach is broad and there is no inter-agency competition within our organization. The API team is seamless, agile and efficient. When client engagements call for us to mobilize across many offices in a country or a region, we already have all the resources in place to accommodate any international assignment.

New York


With more than 20 years of service to law firms and corporations around the globe

The professionals at API have cultivated the relationships and knowledge to align skill set, culture and experience into meaningful and satisfactory relationships. We enable law firms of all sizes to fill their talent gaps while empowering candidates to achieve their career goals.​

Privately Owned

API is privately owned and we are not subject to the revenue pressures of being an affiliate of a large conglomerate. We are fully independent and remain motivated solely by the singular desire to exceed our clients’ expectations.


The clients’ of API value diversity and inclusion

We will continue our work to break down barriers to equal opportunity, to value fully the differences among people in our clients’ organization while recognizing our similarities, and to create an atmosphere in which each individual can develop his or her potential to the fullest extent possible.


API professionals work as a team under API’s international umbrella, utilizing extensively developed and maintained proprietary databases. We conduct all of our searches using a knowledge-based approach.

We exclusively execute on our own proven methodology to meet our client’s needs in any industry, firm specialty or international location.


API is particularly nimble at grasping the culture dynamics of individual law firms, as well as the corporate philosophies of companies seeking in-house counsel.

API adroitly furnishes both types of clients with ideal attorney candidates.


Attorney placement is complex: it requires a sophisticated understanding of law firm and corporate challenges, as well as the inner workings of and access to a broad talent market.


API search consultants are both former and current practicing attorneys with experience working at top-tier law firms (particularly AM LAW 100 and 200 firms) or global Fortune 500 companies. All API consultants have cultivated intricate knowledge of the global legal and corporate sectors.

Led by Founder & CEO Beatrice T. O’Brien, whose own legal career took her from Australia to Europe, Asia and Wall Street, the API team has a unique international lens. Beatrice O’Brien has facilitated practice group and law firm mergers and acquisitions for some of the most prestigious law firms around the world. Beatrice also has over 20 years of legal experience with Wall Street Firms, such as, Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft and with international firms in Australia and the UK.

She has worked with high-profile clients, like, Warren Buffet and on high-profile cases, including the largest reorganization and restructuring cases in the US, UK, and Australian corporate history. Beatrice is a graduate of Bond University, the only Private Law School in Australia with a Law Degree and a Harvard Law School Executive Program graduate. She speaks fluent Hindi.

A Harvard and Oxford graduate, Mr. Ramsbottom was a partner at global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company. He has extensive international business experience, having worked in London, Mainland China and Tokyo for over 26 years. Mr. Ramsbottom’s expertise includes strategy, corporate finance and business development for global enterprises and financial institutions, including private equity firms and sovereign wealth funds. He brings a wealth of knowledge.

Mr. Ramsbottom speaks fluent Mandarin.