About ESP

Chris Hildreth


childreth@esplegal.com | 949.551.4889

Chris founded ESP in 1996 and has guided the firm to become the most trusted legal staffing services company in southern California. Prior to joining ESP, Chris spent 18 years working in technology, holding several sales and management positions with Burroughs Corporation (now Unisys), NBI, Inc., Syntrex, Inc., and Equitrac Corporation. Fifteen of those 18 years, Chris was providing technology solutions, including word processing, networking, time and billing and cost recovery systems, to the legal marketplace.

Chris Hildreth, Founder & President of ESP Legal

Currently Chris is involved with all aspects of placements in the legal marketplace and is a California Accredited Consultant (C.A.C.). He earned a BA in Business Administration from Gustavus Adolphus College.

Chris’s 30 years of experience serving the needs of law firms allows ESP to provide law firm clients a more effective solution for technology, litigation, and attorney staffing. Chris believes by specializing in the legal market, ESP is always able find the perfect fit for his clients and candidates. Always looking forward for the next business evolution, Chris is pursuing national opportunities for ESP's services and expertise. Chris has found that nothing is more rewarding than helping a person advance his or her career, while at the same time finding a great person to help a company achieve their business objectives.

An avid surfer, when Chris is not at the office, he's catching waves on his board of choice: a 9’ Firewire FlexFlight Longboard. He also enjoys reading historical novels on his Windows Tablet and loves to barbeque on his Traeger Smoker. For over ten years, Chris served on the board of directors for Child Guidance Center, and served as President of the Board for two years. Having a stepson with Down Syndrome, Chris is now active with Special Needs Causes and Activities.


From A Client’s Perspective:

“Chris - it has been a pleasure working with you because you listened to what we were looking for and, almost as importantly, what we wanted to avoid. I have every confidence that our new Technology Manager will prove to be a very good hire, primarily because both of us were confident that we had truly 'heard' one another.”

From A Candidate’s Perspective:

"I recommend Chris because he honestly views you as a person, listens to what you are saying, knows what you are looking for in a career opportunity, knows his clients well, and will contact you with opportunities. With Chris, you're valued for your skills, respected for your job needs, and he will give both you and the client 'five star' treatment, guaranteed!”