About Us


Gillard Associates is the oldest full service legal recruitment firm in New England serving a national clientele. It was founded in 1980 by Elizabeth A. Gillard, the former President of the Massachusetts Association of Personnel Services. Serving on the Board of the National Association of Personnel Services and advising on the National Association of Legal Personnel Services established the firm with an adherence to the highest ethical standards in the industry.

The firm was established to assist companies and law firms in hiring qualified attorneys, paralegals and secretaries for permanent or contract placement. Gillard Associates collaborative efforts focus on fulfilling the needs of employers while enhancing the professional development of employees.

In 2003, Cheryl Gillard-Cmaylo became president and CEO of Gillard Associates following in her mothers footsteps. With over 25 years of experience in legal recruitment and placement together they created one of the leading legal placement companies in the country working with most all firms in Boston and throughout New England establishing a national net work all across the US. Their client list includes Fortune 500 companies, private law firms, healthcare and commercial businesses.


Our goal is to assist the legal community in two ways: by aiding law firms and corporations in their search for qualified attorneys, paralegals and secretaries; and by helping attorneys and paralegals secure the positions they desire.

Our Code of Ethics

We pledge to be truthful to you, to tell you about all the positions we know of for which you are qualified, and to conduct your search exactly as you wish, while maintaining the highest ethical standards and strictest confidentiality. We will be fair and honest both with you and with your prospective firm or company.


As president and CEO of Gillard Associates, Cheryl Gillard-Cmaylo is responsible for all business management and administration for the company. Cheryl has consistently demonstrated her commitment to the personnel industry by her many years of service and her positive attitude. Her energy, expertise, networking and people skills are clearly above the rest. During her career, she has been elected President of MAPS for several terms, and appointed to a variety of boards including; Sr. VP of Operations, Sr. VP of Government Affairs, Activities and Education. Cheryl has volunteered for many professional and civic boards and is active in local and state-wide politics. She has been instrumental in the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization and the Christian Child Foundation for over 20 years. Her academic accomplishments include a Bachelors Degree in Aviation management (flight training) and business from Daniel Webster College in Nashua NH and many years of industry related training and experience. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, flying and skiing.


2009 Woman of the Year Award in legal recruitment and placement presented by The National Association of Professional and Executive Women

The National Association of Professional & Executive Women honored her with Recipient of the exclusive member of 2007-2008 Registry for “Women of Excellence."

2005 Life Time Achievement Award the highest honor presented by the New England Association of Personnel Services.

2003 Grace E. Cooke Memorial Award for outstanding contributions to the recruiting profession presented by the Massachusetts Association of Personnel Services.

2000 Good Citizenship Award for her distinguished volunteer service presented by the Big Brother Association.

Member of:

Massachusetts Association of Personnel Services

National Association of Personnel Services

Andrea Karis is Vice President at Gillard Associates Legal Recruitment & Placement. Prior to joining Gillard Associates, Ms. Karis worked as a senior paralegal in high profile federal criminal defense law for major Boston law firms. Andrea received her Bachelor of Arts in Modern Languages and her paralegal certificate from Northeastern University and is multi-lingual in French, Spanish, Italian and Greek.