Jane Pollard, Austin Legal Recruiter

Jane Pollard


Jane is a founder and the managing principal of Momentum Legal Staffing and its sister company, Momentum Search Partners, which focuses on permanent attorney placements and lateral partners. She has seventeen years of legal recruiting experience, focusing on attorney searches for both law firms and in-house legal departments in Texas. She has helped top companies in many industries build their in-house legal team, including companies in the financial services, healthcare, energy, renewable energy, biotech, manufacturing, retail, and technology sectors.

Jane obtained her J.D. with honors from the University of Texas, where she was also an associate editor of the Texas Law Review. Prior to recruiting, she was an oil and gas litigation associate with a large Dallas-based firm. She obtained her undergraduate degree with high honors in Accounting from the University of Arkansas.

Jane lives in Austin with her husband and teenage son. She enjoys cycling and has served on various boards of directors in the Austin community.


Jennifer Nelson, Austin Legal Recruiter

Jennifer Nelson


Jennifer is a founder and principal of Momentum Legal Staffing and its sister company, Momentum Search Partners. She is a native Texan and a third generation graduate from The University of Texas. Prior to recruiting, Jennifer worked for a Fortune 100 company to open their Austin office and develop a business base, serving law firms and large in-house legal departments with innovative facilities management solutions. She thus has many years’ experience in the Texas legal industry. She has been around lawyers her entire life and is part of a family filled with lawyers (husband, brother, uncles, cousins). Jennifer is proud to be a part of the Momentum recruiting team and currently focuses on permanent and temporary attorney placements, including lateral partners with business for law firms.

Jennifer lives in Austin with her husband and two teenage sons. She spends many hours cheering on her sons in their sports endeavors and appreciates all the outdoor amenities that Austin offers.


Mary Alice Naiser, Austin Legal Recruiter

Mary Alice Naiser

Search Director

A native Austinite, Mary Alice has spent 20 years in the legal recruiting industry. After attending the University of Texas, she began her legal career in 1986 as the Recruiting Coordinator for a large Texas law firm, where she managed the attorney recruitment efforts for their offices, state-wide. In 1996, she joined one of the largest legal search firms in the country and began a successful career as a business developer and legal recruiter. She has sourced, recruited and marketed candidates to law firms and corporations, managed existing clients and developed new business. She has experience recruiting and placing legal secretaries, paralegals, legal nurse consultants, office administrators, contracts administrators and attorneys. Mary Alice secured the business for a 100 lawyer document review for an international financial software, data and media corporation and managed this project for 4+ years. She has been an active member of the Capital Area Paralegal Association, the Austin Legal Professionals Association and served on the Board of Women in eDiscovery.

A native Austinite, Mary Alice lives in Austin with her two teenage daughters. She enjoys volunteering at her daughter’s schools, hiking, gardening, and supporting community theater productions.


Allison McCowan, Austin Legal Recruiter

Allison McCowan

Search Director

Allison comes to Momentum with fifteen years of legal recruiting experience in Austin. Allison is passionate about her work and prides herself on offering timely and exceptional service to clients and candidates alike. She places attorneys, paralegals, and administrative staff in both Austin law firms and in corporate legal departments on a temporary, temp to perm, and direct hire basis. In addition, Allison has extensive experience staffing document reviews on both a national and local level and with both English speakers and those fluent in foreign languages.

Allison and her family recently relocated to Charlotte, North Carolina due to her husband’s career, so she will be leading Momentum’s effort to expand into the Charlotte market. However, Allison will also continue her placement work in Austin and travel to Austin on a regular basis. She will also remain active in all of the Austin legal networking and professional groups she has always enjoyed, such as Women of Wind Energy, Capital Area Paralegals Association, and the Austin Legal Professionals Association.

In her spare time Allison is a road warrior who loves to travel, cook and spend quality time with friends and family. She is also active in her two young children’s schools and sports activities.


Nancy McClain, Houston and San Antonio Legal Recruiter

Nancy McClain

Search Director

Nancy has twelve years of experience working as a recruiter and in legal support services. She also has ten years of experience as a high school English teacher, which equipped her with the tools necessary to educate candidates about their career possibilities and opportunities, coach candidates, and provide advice on their resumes. Prior to recruiting Nancy spent several years in legal support at a Silicon Valley- based high tech law firm in Austin, Texas and an Am Law 200 firm in Houston. Upon graduating from college, Nancy began recruiting for a leading professional staffing agency. She has successfully placed candidates in all walks of legal staffing and, as the newest member of the Momentum team, is looking forward to helping law firms and companies in both Houston and San Antonio find top legal talent. She is active in the Houston Metropolitan Paralegal Association and the San Antonio Association of Legal Administrators.

Nancy is a native Houstonian and enjoys volunteering at her local school district where she once taught and at a non-profit women’s training organization which prepares ladies for the workforce with counselling, resume building, interview techniques, basic MS Office training, professional dress and demeanor skills. She is the proud mother of one smart, precious daughter and enjoys vacationing, home decorating and spending quality time with friends and family.


Tammy Torres, Operations Manager

Tammy Torres

Operations Manager

Tammy is an invaluable member of the Momentum team, joining us in 2012 as the Operations Manager. She is responsible for handling the various financial, business, and technological needs of Momentum’s companies. Prior to joining Momentum, Tammy served for over five years as the Office Administrator for another Texas-based recruiting firm, and spent ten years in law firm administration.

Tammy’s experience in law firm administration began as a two-day temporary receptionist assignment that she obtained through a local staffing agency. That temporary job became a permanent position that would last nearly a decade, paving the path that evolved into her current career. Because of this experience, Tammy personally understands and appreciates the value that recruiters bring to the table, connecting candidates with companies, and companies with candidates, that might not otherwise meet.

Tammy lives in The Woodlands, Texas with her husband and three sons. When she is not working, she is either attending to the needs of her family or working on furthering her own education. In addition to working full-time (and more) for Momentum, Tammy is an accounting major at Sam Houston State University where she attends part-time.