H. Friedman Search, LLC

Harlan A. Friedman, JD, Founder & Principal

760.477.1284 ext. 1   

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About Harlan

Mr. Friedman, Founder & Principal of H. Friedman Search is responsible for all placement & recruitment of Municipal Finance Bankers, Advisors, Issuers & Bond Counsel.


Harlan’s recruitment efforts result in sole sourcing of both candidates and companies within the area of banking, finance & law.  He oversees all recruiting nationwide representing both Regional and Super Regional Investment Banking firms and Regional and National Law Firms.

Mr. Friedman is tasked with the responsibility for overseeing and managing all aspects of client and candidate relationships from initial interview to transition.   He has been instrumental in sourcing, presenting, negotiating and closing candidates. 


Recruitment Accomplishments


Mr. Friedman earned Rookie of the Year, his first complete year in the business as well as becoming a 2012 – 2018 Presidents Club member.  Over his tenure, which is only seven plus years in the industry, his recruitment figures are over 80 individuals and teams throughout the United States.  In 2018 Mr. Friedman was admitted into the Pinnacle Society, an elite organization for Top Recruiters in the Country.   He credits his in-depth knowledge of Public Finance and the Legal arena for his success.  As he is fond of saying, when you know the industry inside and out, senior people welcome the opportunity to have high level conversations with you.

Experience That Led To Executive Recruitment & More


During his tenure with M.L. Stern & Co, Mr. Friedman held the position of Senior Investment Banking Manager.  His responsibilities included the structuring; analysis and underwriting of tax-exempt municipal bonds and leases on behalf of public agencies and private issuers.  In 1988 Mr. Friedman formed the consulting firm h.a.f. STRATEGIES, the predecessor to Lightning Development Group, in order to better serve the project financing needs of the Real Estate Land Developer.  As financing consultant to the Developer, Mr. Friedman provided the expertise needed to utilize the various public financing mechanisms available for the funding of infrastructure.   He has been responsible for in excess of 500 million dollars in community facilities districts and special assessment district funding.




Mr. Friedman graduated from The George Washington University in 1978, earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree, and Western State University College of Law in 1983 (Thomas Jefferson Law School), earning a Juris Doctor Degree.  As part of his continuing education, in 1995 he earned his GRI (Graduate, Realtor Institute) and his California Real Estate Broker License, which he currently holds.

H. Friedman Search, LLC


Public Finance - Capital Markets Recruitment

Representing Qualified Candidates And Companies Nationwide
We specialize in the Full-Time placement and recruitment of all levels of Public Finance Bankers, Health Care Bankers, Municipal Advisors, Compliance Officers, Traders, Underwriters Institutional Sales, Issuers & Bond Counsels.  Unlike our competitors, opportunistic hiring is our watchword, we do not need “job orders”.  Our client companies know & trust us to find the best people nationwide for them. Contact us today.

Practice Areas

Sourcing, Presenting, Negotiating And Closing Candidates

Public Finance Bankers

When it comes to the debt side of capital markets, specifically dealing with municipal finance/public finance, there is no one more knowledgeable in the field today than the professionals at H. Friedman Search LLC.

Municipal Advisors

Whether you are at a traditional Financial Advisory Firm, or you are currently at an Investment Banking firm - your services are in demand. We currently represent firms that are looking for experienced advisors nationwide.

Compliance Officers

The compliance officers that we are privileged to represent are the best in the industry. They are either serving currently as CCO, Deputy CCO or compliance officer - and most importantly are looking for their next role.

Bond Counsels

There are plenty of firms that see the value of a good strong growing public finance legal practice, and they are the only firms that H. Friedman Search represent.

Special Situations

For a select few experienced Senior professionals in other areas within the Capital Markets field, we will represent you and help you find that next coveted position.

Career Counseling Services - Non-Capital Market positions

We will help you learn the job market within your field of expertise. Let us put our years of experience behind your next job search.

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