Nicole Riggs is the Operations Manager at Quaero Group, working behind the scenes to assist in the execution of the company’s daily activities, processes, growth, and innovation. She brings passion, experience, and dedication to creating a supportive, collaborative, and fun company culture. She’s dedicated to ensuring that employees’ needs are fulfilled and the day-to-day operations run efficiently. She is also directly involved in moving candidates and placements forward to completion, and directly supporting Quaero Group’s President & CEO, Patrick Moya.
Prior to joining the Quaero team, Nicole helped foster progress in her different roles within varying industries; recruiting, software technology, endurance training, freight services, and consumer services. Nicole’s refined years of experience have equipped her with a multitude of skills including office management, business operations, direct hire recruiting, customer service, and C-level assistance.
Nicole moved to Colorado from Southern California in 2004 and has never warmed up to the chillier Denver winter months. She is a spirited fan of anything summer-related — camping with her husband and adult children, going to the lake, and backyard barbequing with friends and family. She also has a strong affinity for Lego and Disney Parks.
Jeff Gates is an Attorney Search Consultant at Quaero Group, focused on placing partner-level litigators and trial attorneys. While he maintains a national practice, he is primarily focused on the Chicago, Minneapolis, and Denver markets. Jeff’s affable personality, unflappable spirit, and love for elevating those around him make him uniquely suited to make the right matches for his candidates and clients.
Jeff spent the first nine years of his professional career practicing law, honing the empathy and advocacy skills that he uses daily with Quaero Group. He is committed to first fully understanding the client’s needs before digging in with candidates to understand who they are, what truly motivates them, and what would improve their practices and lives.
Jeff was born and raised in the upper-Midwest. Jeff, his wife, and young daughter now reside in Chicagoland. In his spare time, he enjoys film, books, the outdoors, and cooking for his friends and family.
Candi is an Attorney Search Associate at Quaero Group, focused on partner placements for law firms across the nation, with an emphasis on Denver, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Minneapolis, Chicago, and the greater Los Angeles area. Her drive and competitive, yet collegial spirit, translates into a unique, dynamic ability to genuinely connect with attorneys, understand what drives them, and make matches that will foster happiness and success in their practice of law.
Candi appreciates the challenge of not simply finding quality candidates, but finding candidates who bring an added layer of lasting value to the client on both a business and human level. Her previous experience working in consultative sales, financial planning, and supporting military families has instilled a strong sense of commitment to providing personalized, exceptional service to her partner candidates and clients.
She grew up in the Upper-Midwest and lived in Alaska and North Carolina before settling in Colorado. Outside of the office, you will likely find Candi enjoying the company of her family and friends, taking full advantage of the Colorado outdoors while camping and fishing, or expressing her creative side by decorating artistic cakes.
Patrick Moya is the President and CEO of Quaero Group, an attorney search firm. He exclusively recruits law firm partners and groups nationwide, for AmLaw 100 & 200 firms and boutique law firms. He began exclusively recruiting attorneys in 2008 and, throughout his career, he has placed hundreds of attorneys at various firms and has opened offices for both large and small firms. The vast majority of the partners that he places are significant rainmakers in major US markets.
His clients look to him for his fortitude and perseverance to get searches completed, timely and efficiently, with exceptional lawyers who positively impact the firm’s revenue. Patrick earns each of his candidate’s trust with his knowledge of the marketplace, and by working with each candidate to ensure that a new firm is better for each attorney and better for their clients.
Outside of work, you will find Patrick hitting the slopes in the winter, mountain biking and camping in the summer, playing various sports, and coaching his 3 kids’ sports all year.