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Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal – by Sam Black Staff Writer

The founders of Salo have decided to expand to the corporate law market, a new segment for its employee-placement services.

Salo co-owners John Folkestad and Amy Langer last year launched a new affiliated company called LawgicSearch.

To run the effort, they’ve attracted Mary Beth Sinclair, a former western U.S. regional manager at Robert Half International Inc., a $3 billion staffing giant based in Menlo Park, Calif., with an office in Minneapolis.

Sinclair’s new title is co-founder and managing director of LawgicSearch.

Salo, founded in 2002, focuses on placing accounting and finance professionals in full-time positions. It also places temporary accounting and finance workers through its company called NumberWorks and human resources executives through its company called Oberon.

LawgicSearch is based in the Minneapolis office of Salo and will share many back-end services with Salo, Oberon and NumberWorks.

Sinclair, who has a law degree from the University of Baltimore, is the only employee so far, although she plans to hire a client development staffer in the next few weeks.

LawgicSearch will specialize in permanent placement of attorneys in corporate legal departments. It will target small- to mid-sized companies that don’t have the in-house human resources and recruiting staff to get the best candidates to expand or possibly start their own legal departments.

“There isn’t another search firm in the Twin Cities focused exclusively on placing in-house attorneys,” Sinclair said. “The other staffing companies do everything from legal secretaries through attorneys, and so we felt like there was a niche for a specialized service that just dealt with fairly high-level attorneys.”