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Employment: Legal hiring to pick up in 2014


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    Dan Verel, Business Journal Staff ReporterThe legal field should see more hiring activity in 2014, according to a new survey by Robert Half International.

    More than one-quarter — 27 percent — of lawyers said their law firm or company plans to expand or add new positions in the first half of 2014, while 55 percent said their organizations will maintain staff levels by filling vacated posts.

    Twelve percent said they will not fill vacant positions or create new ones while two percent anticipate staff reductions.


    Star Staffing hired Letty Smith as staffing manager for Napa and Solano counties. Additionally, Petaluma-based Star hired Elsa Mata as talent sourcer and Angelica Garibay as a staffing associate.

    “So far in 2013, some of our most dramatic growth has been in our Napa branch which has experienced over a 42 percent increase in sales this year over last,” Chief Executive Officer Lisa Shugarman said.

    Letty Smith

    Ms. Smith has been in the staffing industry for nearly 20 years in Napa and Solano counties. She previously held the position of safety and compliance director for Corporate Resource Services, Inc.’s Northern California Region in Napa. She was also a corporate and safety manager with AccountAbilities, a Corporate Resource Service company, in Napa

    Elsa Mata

    Ms. Mata joined Star Staffing from Planned Parenthood Mar Monte in Santa Cruz and Salinas, where she worked as a development assistant.

    Angelica Garibay

    Ms. Garibay joined Star Staffing from Napa Valley PSI, a vendor that supports client referrals from the California Department of Rehabilitation with employment placement services.

    Star Staffing has offices in Petaluma, Healdsburg, Santa Rosa and Napa with satellite offices in Sonoma, Ukiah, and Fairfield.


    Jane Tanner

    Sonoma-based Bolt Staffing Service recently promoted Jane Tanner to recruiting and operations manager. Ms. Tanner joined Bolt in 2006. Her most recent position was assistant manager in Bolt’s American Canyon office. Her new role extends her responsibilities to overseeing branches in both Sonoma and American Canyon.

    In her time with Bolt, Ms. Tanner has personally filled nearly 4,000 North Bay Area jobs. Nearly half of her temporary placements converted to full-time permanent work for North Bay residents, the company said.

    Bolt Staffing Service has been owned and operated by Joanne and Morgan Sanders for the last 15 years in the North Bay. Bolt has two locations, one in Sonoma and the other in American Canyon, to support the wine and other varied industries of the North Bay. 

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