Our founder, Teri Zenner Toig, an innovative pioneer in the legal search and placement community and beloved wife, mother, and friend, passed away on February 24, 2014. Teri was a proud “double purple,” having earned her undergraduate and law degrees from Northwestern University. As a young transactional lawyer who excelled at both Kirkland & Ellis and Goldberg, Kohn, Bell, Black, Rosenbloom & Moritz, Teri was drawn to and became instrumental in the firms’ recruiting efforts because of her warm personality and extraordinary people skills. Based on these early experiences, Teri believed that legal recruiting could be conducted at a higher level of integrity and professionalism if done by lawyers, who would have a unique understanding of legal opportunities and lawyer candidates. In 1987, she created the Zenner Consulting Group, the first lawyer-only recruiting firm in Chicago, which continues to serve as the successful prototype for so many other companies today. As the business thrived, carefully selected attorneys with exceptional caretaking skills and abilities, as well as the highest professional standards, joined Teri and remain with our firm. The company stands at the forefront of the legal search industry because of the standards Teri set for professionalism, integrity, and market leadership. Teri always championed the best interests of her clients, all while raising and caring for her cherished family.
Teri was a positive and well-respected member of Chicago’s legal community. She was initially attracted to the field of law due to her strong desire to make a meaningful contribution to society. She accomplished this objective daily at ZCG – facilitating successful and long-lasting placements of lawyers with employers. She also established the Zenner Consulting Group Grant, which provides scholarship assistance to law students pursuing employment in the public interest sector, and was an active member of both the Law Board and the John Henry Wigmore Club of Northwestern University’s School of Law.
Teri was exquisite, exceptional, and exemplary in every way and she is sorely missed by all who were fortunate enough to have known her. Her legacy, guidance, and commitment to excellence live on today at ZCG.