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Jeff Weinstock

Jeff Weinstock is an industry veteran with over a decade of staffing experience. After a successful career practicing law as a litigator in Washington, DC, Jeff joined an international staffing company and was quickly promoted to Managing Director of the DC legal placement office where he grew the legal business for seven years. Jeff has also worked as a senior executive with several national and regional staffing agencies, where he gained experience fulfilling personnel needs in the areas of Office Administration, Accounting, Finance, and Information Technology.

Jeff is a proud graduate of Vassar College and the Boston University School of Law. Jeff’s knowledge, vision and honesty have made him one of the most well respected professionals in the greater Washington, DC area.


Jeff has served as a member of the American Staffing Association’s Capital Area Council for the DC metro area. He has also presented seminars to law firms, corporations and associations across the country to help them maximize their employees’ potential.

Kathryn Parente
Vice President

Kathryn Parente brings 20 years of professional experience in recruiting and career services to R & W Group. Having worked in both corporate and academic career services recruitment arenas, Kathryn has a keen insight into the needs and challenges our clients face as they grow and maintain their staff. Previously the Assistant Director for Employer Outreach and Recruitment for the Office of Career Services at Georgetown University Law Center, she successfully established and maintained relationships with legal employers to ensure that Georgetown Law students had access to the best opportunities ahead of other schools. Prior to that, Kathryn worked as Recruitment Manager for the Career Development Office at The George Washington University Law School where she was in charge of all on- and off-campus recruiting programs, advising students on interview protocol, and assisting employers with recruiting needs. She also has a background in international development recruiting with a large global development company based in the D.C. area.

Kathryn earned her B.A. in International Studies from American University and her Master’s in Tourism Administration with a focus on Event Management from The George Washington University.

Kathryn lives in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband and son.

Jacob Kates brings a wealth of experience to R & W having launched his HR career at a prestigious boutique Intellectual Property law firm in Washington, DC. His education and years of experience on the inside combine to create a powerful recruiting force for both R & W clients and candidates. Having been the client, Jacob knows the things most important to law firms as they attract and retain talent. And he certainly knows how best to deliver excellent customer service.


Prior to joining R & W, Jacob was an HR Assistant at Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox. He earned his BS in Human Resource Management from the University of Maryland. Jacob lives in Baltimore, Maryland, with his wife and three sons. Outside of his work as a recruiter, he enjoys spending time with his family, cooking, exercising, and rooting for his “other true love”: the Washington Football Team.

Jacob Kates
Director of Recruiting

Lori Rones has a passion for recruiting. For more than 15 years, Lori has helped great people find great jobs. Her success in recruiting is built on a successful career as an attorney. Prior to becoming a Recruiter, she served as a Litigator with the United States Department of Justice, a Staff Attorney for the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, and as an Associate for a top law firm.

Lori is a proud graduate of McGill University and the University of Notre Dame Law School. She brings her deep knowledge of the legal profession and exceptional people skills to bear in finding the very best match between candidate and client in all fields.

Outside of the office, Lori and her family are passionate baseball fans. They love to watch the Nats, enjoy the beach, and hike the National Parks.

Lori Rones


Arzin Amin
BD Specialist / Recruiter

Arzin Amin is a Business Development and Talent Recruitment professional with over 15 years of experience developing and executing recruiting plans within both agency and in-house settings. Experienced as both a Business Development Consultant and Senior Corporate Recruiter, Arzin helped businesses capture federal contracts by networking and building relationships to secure exciting new work. In past roles, she has helped drive innovation, improving industry best practices and delivering transformational outcomes for a demanding government marketplace.


Arzin uses her love of networking and problem-solving to efficiently identify and place desired professionals. Her recruiting philosophy is simple: be the best to attract the best. She enjoys a challenge, which was what initially drew her to the staffing industry. She’s able to see the big picture and utilizes her skills to be a client's go-to resource.


Arzin lives in Potomac, Maryland with her husband, 2 kids, and their Labradoodle. During off-hours, she enjoys yoga and time with family and friends. Her brother was on the Washington Jr. Capitals team back in the 90's, so she is a Washington Capitals fan.

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Laurie Williams  

Laurie Williams is not just a recruiter; she is a talent magnet. She has a knack for finding and attracting the best people in the industry, using her creativity and experience to craft innovative searches. She has been in the recruiting business for over two decades, working with some of the most prestigious Big 4 Consulting firms at both local and national levels. She is a leader, a coach, and a relationship builder, who enjoys helping candidates find their dream jobs and clients find their ideal partners. She is always up for a challenge and never backs down from an opportunity.

Laurie holds a degree from Ball State University, where she honed her skills and passion for recruiting. She was born and raised in Indiana, but moved to Northern Virginia 13 years ago with her husband and son. She loves her new home, but still keeps in touch with her roots and family in the Hoosier State.

When she is not busy with her work, Laurie likes to spend time with her family and friends, especially during college football and basketball seasons. She is a loyal fan of University of South Carolina football, Tennessee football, and IU basketball, cheering them on with enthusiasm and pride. She also enjoys relaxing at the beach in NC and SC, browsing through estate sales, and walking her dog Smokey. Laurie is a well-rounded, talented, and passionate person who lives life to the fullest.

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