I'm currently a midlevel (3-5 years) M&A associate at a large law firm in a regional market (think SF, Houston, Chicago etc). I'm not at one of the well known NY firms (e.g. Cravath, Simpson Thacher etc.) but my firm is a top player in my particular market. I work primarily in corporate M&A, although I have had a bit of PE work earlier in my career. As such, I don't have too many high level PE contacts. I'm interested in breaking into either a legal or investing role (although I'd prefer the latter).
I went to a top law school (e.g. Yale/Harvard/Stanford) and had three years of IBD experience at a top tier BB (GS/MS/JPM) prior to that. I didn't go through PE recruiting as an analyst because I was set on law school before hand. I enjoy my work as a lawyer (and being debt free right after law school was nice), but I've become more an more interested in getting back into finance and in private equity in general.
I know breaking into PE from law is a long shot for anybody, but does my finance background help at all? Anyone have any advice on who to network with, what kind of roles I might be suited for and whether it's a good idea to use a headhunter? I appreciate any help.