Founders Profile

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Samuel M. Wiser, Founder and President

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Sam has spent more than a decade working with some of the nation's top law firms and financial services organizations. Prior to founding WH Group, he served as Managing Director of a premier retained search firm, heading up its Legal & Compliance executive search practice.

Specializing in senior-level legal and compliance positions, Sam has filled General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer positions for firms like ProFunds, Tweedy Browne, Transamerica, RCM, and New York Life. In addition, he’s placed attorneys in key positions at respected international law firms, including K&L Gates, Dechert, Paul Hastings, Willkie Farr & Gallagher, and Thompson Hine.

He began his career in executive search after spending 17 years as a practicing attorney, representing children in various types of proceedings. As Legal Advisor for the Orange County Guardian ad Litem program, he trained, counseled, and supervised Guardian ad Litem attorneys representing abused and neglected children, and was appointed by the Juvenile Court to personally represent countless children with severe developmental disabilities.

Sam has been a partner with two law firms, a sole practitioner, and a legal aid attorney. He spent the majority of his legal career as an education law attorney, representing students with autism, learning disabilities, and a wide variety of physical, mental, and emotional impairments. A frequent speaker on education law issues, he presented to The Florida Bar, the Learning Disabilities Association, the Tourette's Syndrome Association, and other organizations serving the needs of individuals with disabilities, and was a Governor-appointed member of the Human Rights Advocacy Committee for the Developmentally Disabled.

Following the birth of his twin daughters (he now has three daughters), he left a successful but highly-demanding law practice to become an executive search consultant. Sam's commitment to excellence, his passion for meaningful contribution, and his prior experience as a problem-solver and relationship-builder have helped him to establish WH Group, LLC as one of the nation’s leading executive search firms.

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