Company History

Company History
Company History

First in placing attorneys, and still placing attorneys first.

Meridian has been in the recruitment industry for more than 70 years. Founded in 1936, the company was originally established as the Meridian Apothecary Agency, servicing the personnel and staffing needs of the pharmaceutical industry. The company was founded by Jack Berger, a 1931 Brooklyn College of Pharmacy graduate, who started as a pharmacist at Village Pharmacy in New York City's Greenwich Village.

In the midst of the Great Depression, New York City already had three employment agencies that handled pharmacy personnel, but Mr. Berger felt he could do better than the others by offering more professional and personalized service rather than just casual treatment.

From the placement of pharmacists to salesmen and chemists, Meridian also recruited for research and development, marketing executives and general and senior management in retailing, manufacturing, hospitals and advertising agencies. The company became active internationally as well, with placements in Japan, Europe and South America.

In 1967, Jack's son Joel Berger, a graduate of Brooklyn Law School and member of the New York Bar, joined Meridian and took the firm in a new direction, branching out into the recruitment and placement of attorneys, paralegals and legal personnel. Over the next forty years, the company would successfully place thousands of legal professionals, and move toward solely specializing in the recruitment of attorneys and paralegals for law firms and boutiques, and in-house for the nation's leading corporations.

By the early 90's, with the downturn in the economy and a growing number of attorneys out of work, legal temping was fast becoming a growth industry. In 1995, the company established Meridian Legal Temps in response to our clients' changing needs and the high demand for less expensive temporary attorney and paralegal placement services.

Today, Meridian Legal Search and Meridian Legal Temps specialize solely in the search, recruitment and placement of permanent, temp-to-perm, and temporary attorneys, paralegals, and other legal and compliance professionals. Over the past 70-years, Meridian has established a reputation as an industry leader for our integrity, competence, and personalized service. We've developed numerous long-lasting relationships with clients and candidates alike, and today, we're proud of the fact that many of the attorneys we've placed and the candidates we've worked with have become some of our most loyal and valued clients.