History

ESP has placed nearly 1000 Legal professionals at small, mid-sized, and large law firms from California to Washington D.C.

California’s First Legal Technology Staffing Firm

A lot has changed in technology since ESP Legal opened its office in 1996. The first version of Java programming language had just been released, EBay was only just becoming a household name, and Novell was the network of choice. ESP placed our first IT System Administrator to support our client's Novell Network.

In 20 years a lot has changed for ESP Legal, too. Not only have we become the premiere technology staffing firm for law firms in Southern California, on the East coast and the Pacific Northwest, but we have expanded our services to include litigation support and attorney staffing solutions to meet our clients' needs.

What hasn't changed are the values of integrity and commitment to our clients and employees that ESP was founded on. We continue to uphold the same level of professional standards, personal values and client success by identifyng the best legal technology, litigation support, and attorney candidates. We begin with a commitment to quality and what follows is excellent customer service that exceeds both client and candidate expectations. We know our success still comes from placing people first.

Meeting the Need For Legal Technology Staffing 

Chris Hildreth founded ESP with his brother, Bob Hildreth, to meet the needs for legal technology staffing in California. Bob is owner and president of ESP IT, the leading information technology staffing firm in the Minneapolis marketplace. After serving the technology needs of law firms for 30 years, Chris’ knowledge and experience paired with the successful business model of the Minneapolis office, allowed ESP to provide law firm clients a more effective solution for technology staffing.

In 2005, the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators (GLALA) featured ESP in their Vendor Spotlight. ESP is proud of the reputation we have developed and our recognition by the ALA.

Our success in the Legal technology nice combined with our legal industry expertise also allowed us to expand our services to include litigation support and eDiscovery staffing services to our clients and candidates. 

Meeting the Need for Attorney Staffing

In 2016, ESP once again expanded to meet clients' needs by introducing an attorney staffing practice. Chris grew his team, bringing on a Director of Attorney Recruiting with years of experience both as a recruiter and as an associate attorney in her own right.

In the midst of this growth, ESP continues to be the most trusted legal staffing firm in the Los Angeles area: approaching 20 years of legal staffing experience and a large proprietary database. 

By dedicating our services to the legal niche exclusively, ESP has become an expert and thought leader for legal staffing nationwide.