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NagataCONNEX specializes in the recruitment and placement of lawyers at all levels of seniority into law firms and corporations. We also have experience in handling recruitment for paraprofessionals, legal support staff and non-traditional legal roles including corporate secretaries, compliance officers and corporate development roles.

NagataCONNEX was founded in 2004. Since then, we have developed a reputation for providing excellent personalized service and being highly professional. We are involved with every mandate as we value the importance of personally establishing a relationship with clients. As a result, clients continue to use our services and seek our advice.

Our Team

Lorene Nagata (She/Her)

Lorene was born and raised in Toronto. She has also lived and worked in the UK and Japan. She practiced law at a well-known litigation boutique before moving into legal recruitment in 1997, founding NagataCONNEX in 2004. NagataCONNEX is now one of the most respected legal recruitment firms in Canada, servicing both law firms and corporations. Lorene’s reputation for excellence has spread outside Canada. She has fulfilled assignments worldwide, including London, mainland Europe, Asia and offshore.

In addition to her LL.B., Lorene has a B.A. in Psychology and has taken a number of key courses in career counseling and planning. She is also qualified to administer a number of psychometric assessments (EQi, EQ360, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Hogan Personality Inventory, Hogan Development Survey, and the Motives Values Preferences Inventory.)


Lesa Ong (She/Her)

Prior to joining NagataCONNEX as a Recruitment Consultant, Lesa practiced as a commercial litigator with a boutique firm in Toronto. She soon realized that litigating was not her passion, but was not ready to give up on a career in the legal industry. She decided to try her hand at recruiting, and has been happily doing so since 2009.

She has worked with law firms and corporations, successfully placing lawyers with all levels of experience into their respective organizations. She has presented at various conferences and panels on topics relating to legal recruitment and career counselling.

Lesa has an LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School, as well as an undergraduate degree in Psychology from York University. She is also qualified to administer psychometric assessments (Hogan Personality Inventory, Hogan Development Survey, and the Motives Values Preferences Inventory.)


Garrett Giannidis (He/Him)

After studying Economics at Queen’s University, Garrett joined NagataCONNEX for a summer contract as a Researcher in 2017. Since then, he has fulfilled contracts for several renowned luxury fashion brands, assisting them in achieving their retail sales targets.

When re-joining NagataCONNEX as a Researcher, his results-driven attitude and networking experience led him to embark on a legal recruiting career. This has resulted in Garrett becoming a Legal Recruitment Consultant as of 2021. Having fulfilled every role in the recruiting process, he has gained first-hand knowledge of running a successful campaign at every step. To date, he has worked with numerous reputable law firms and organizations in successfully placing legal professionals of all experience levels.


Brahm Nathans (He/Him)

Brahm initially joined NagataCONNEX as a Researcher early on in his legal career. He subsequently practiced law for 12 years at a number of leading multi-national corporations before returning to NagataCONNEX as a Recruitment Consultant. Now, he works with law firms and corporations to place people with all levels of experience, and brings strong interpersonal, communication and recruiting skills to his position, with an ability to develop lasting relationships while providing honest, practical and candid advice to clients and candidates.

Brahm has an LL.B. from Queen’s University and an undergraduate degree in Philosophy from York University. Brahm is a proud father of two and enjoys travel, hockey, basketball, films and canoe trips, but his greatest joy is driving his kids to all of their activities.


Rachel Romero (She/Her)

Prior to joining NagataCONNEX as a Researcher, Rachel worked in the banking industry where she developed her sales skills and financial knowledge. Rachel joined NagataCONNEX in 2021 and continues to learn more about the Canadian legal market through her research. She has assisted in the placement of legal professionals of various experience levels and has even had the opportunity to partake in the recruitment process. This has deepened her understanding of the legal market.

In addition to her B.A. in English Literature from Queen’s University, Rachel has completed a certification at the University of Toronto in Climate Change Policy.


Helena Osiro (She/Her)

Helena was born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil. With nearly a decade of experience as an Executive Assistant, she has worked in diverse industries such as legal, advertising and finance.

Helena is our Office Manager since 2019.

Helena has an associate degree in Marketing from Fanshawe College, as well as a Data Analytics certification from Cornell University. She speaks Portuguese, English and Spanish fluently, with an intermediary proficiency in French and Brazilian Sign Language.


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