Michael DeCosta is Managing Partner of Caldwell’s Professional Services Practice, and a member of the Legal Practice and New York office. With over twenty years of experience in executive search, Michael focuses on recruiting senior-level executives for law, consulting, and accounting firms.
Michael joined the firm from Korn/Ferry International, where he was a senior client partner in both the Legal Specialty Practice and Services Sector. Previously, he served as senior recruiting manager for Deloitte, where he helped launch a highly successful senior-level recruiting group focused on attracting partners and principals into the firm’s global leadership team.
Michael is frequently asked to speak at professional services and legal industry conferences, including events organized by the Legal Marketing Association, GroPro, NYU Stern School of Business, American Legal Media, and the New York City Bar Association. He has also written and contributed to numerous white papers and professional services publications including Consulting Magazine and American Lawyer Daily, and is a frequent contributor to a career column for the newsletter Marketing The Law Firm.
Michael earned his master’s degree in American studies with a concentration in labor history from Fairfield University, graduating summa cum laude, and holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Marist College.
“Working with Mike and Eric was a positive and wonderful experience. They listened to our needs and wants in the new CFO role. However, what I thought most helpful was they didn’t just listen…they executed on those needs. They were diligent to ensure what we asked for in a candidate was what we received. They also were diligent to have regular conversations around those needs to ensure those needs had not changed.” -Chief Operating Officer, award-winning litigation law firm
“Caldwell has now filled three senior positions with me. You have found extraordinary talent that fit our unique culture. Unlike other firms, you self-edit. Multiple times you have found an apparent solution who you have voluntarily withdrawn as a result of your due diligence. This suggests you are more interested in getting it filled right rather than quickly.” -Chief Strategy Officer, litigation-focused law firm
“I think Mike is the best in the business” -Deputy Executive Director and Director of Client Relations, NY-based commercial and litigation law firm