Collier Legal Search - Biographies

Kellie Kurtin Collier, C.P.C., C.T.S.

Kellie Kurtin Collier, founding Partner of Collier Legal Search, L.L.C has been a recruiter since 1984, specializing as a legal recruiter since 1988. At that time in 1988, Kellie established, built and managed the very successful Houston company then known as Briggs Legal Staffing. Under Kellie's leadership, the Houston Briggs operation quickly became the company's national cornerstone, strongly enhancing the company's worth and ultimately driving its successful 1996 sale to an international powerhouse staffing corporation. Kellie's entrepreneurial savvy and attention to ethics and service detail during the Briggs years mirror those tenets she brings to Collier Legal Search, L.L.C.

A third generation native Houstonian, Kellie graduated from Memorial High School before attending Texas A&M University and obtaining her B.S. in communications. Quickly after entering the staffing industry she sat for the national certification exams and obtained her C.P.C. (Certified Personnel Certificate) and C.T.S. (Certified Temporary Staffing Specialist) designations – a rare dual mark reflecting excellence in ethics, knowledge and service.

Kellie Kurtin Collier
desk 832-239-5253
cell 713-822-3489 
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Kay Kurtin Egger, Attorney at Law

Kay Kurtin Egger, Attorney and Co-Founder of Collier Legal Search has been in legal staffing/recruiting since the mid 1990's. She specializes in all levels of attorney placement, from project lawyer, associate to partners and groups. Kay additionally manages and works in the operations section of CLS. Like Kellie Collier, Kay's sister, Kay is a 3rd generation Native-Houstonian. She graduated in 1986 from Memorial Senior High School. In 1990, Kay received her B.A. in Economics & Government from St. Mary's College at Notre Dame. She then returned to Houston to attend South Texas College of Law. There, Kay advanced in the school's prestigious varsity advocacy program earning the honor of being named into the National Order of Barristers. Additionally Kay received the exclusively given Thomas Justin Treece Scholarship. Kay's law practicing career was largely at the litigation firm known in the 90's as Fisher, Gallagher & Lewis, LLP. Soon thereafter, Kay began consistent work as a legal staffing specialist in Houston, Texas. She met and exceeded goals in both production and management; consideration of client and applicant needs being the priority in her service.

Kay Kurtin Egger
Attorney & Owner
desk 832-239-5218
cell 713-385-3260
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Mary Claire Carmouche Upton

Mary Claire Carmouche Upton is a fourth generation native Houstonian.  She graduated from Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart in Houston Texas.  She traveled to South Bend Indiana to attend and graduate from Saint Mary’s College at Notre Dame, then received her JD from South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas.  After admission to the bar, Mary Claire practiced as a litigator with the Williams Bailey Law firm for almost seven years.  During her tenure at Williams Bailey, Mary Claire focused on Superfund sites, tobacco and other personal injury dockets.  Leaving the practice of law, Mary Claire joined a Fortune 500 staffing company in 2000 where she excelled at placing attorneys and legal staff.  She has gained the confidence and respect of the legal community in Houston and surrounding areas.  In 2006, Mary Claire joined Collier Legal Search. She has extensive experience in working with partners, general counsels, associates and paralegals and provides a wealth of experience and skill to the Collier Legal Search team.   

Mary Claire Carmouche Upton
Attorney, Director of Recruiting/Operations
desk 713-491-4453
cell 713-304-5146
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Monte Houston

Monte Houston is a fourth generation Texan.  She attended the University of Houston where she earned a B.A. in Political Science.  This year, Monte joined the Collier team, in a business development / marketing role.  Sales comes both naturally and with experience to Monte; early in her post-collegiate life, she was a Morgan Stanley & Dean Witter broker, specializing in 401-K plan / options investments.  Later with similar investment sales, Monte was a financial advisor for Memorial Hermann employees.  Specific legal experience came then, Monte served in legal administration at Houston’s prestigious Baker Botts firm over 6 years.

Monte Houston
Account Executive
desk 832-255-1711
cell 713-398-0766
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