June 29, 2016 – Major, Lindsey & Africa (MLA) has named Randi S. Lewis as a director to launch and lead its Baltimore recruiting office. She will specialize in recruiting and placing law firm partners and associates within the Baltimore market and surrounding areas. In her new position, she also will focus on helping law firms with strategic practice acquisitions and planning.
Ms. Lewis joins Major, Lindsey & Africa after a well-established career at Miles & Stockbridge, one of the largest law firms in Maryland, where she most recently served as the director of lateral recruitment and diversity. As part of her role, she recruited lawyers at all levels for the firm’s offices in Maryland, D.C., and Northern Virginia, worked on strategic growth initiatives and played a key role in the acquisition, onboarding and integration of small firms, multiple lawyer practice groups and partners with portable practices. She also has experience in advocating for the recruitment, development and promotion of women and minorities, and she will continue these recruitment efforts with MLA. Previously, she practiced law for 13 years with a law firm in Los Angeles.
For the past 10 years, Ms. Lewis has counseled lawyers and other professionals on career strategy, career transitions and interviewing through her work with Resume Boutique LLC, a career transition consulting company she founded. She is also a certified employment interview professional.
“Randi brings a unique perspective to recruiting, having practiced law herself and recruited within a law firm,” said Laurie Caplane, partner & executive director, law firm recruiting at MLA. “We believe she will add tremendous value to our organization and provide law firm management and lawyers seeking new positions with unparalleled insight and guidance in this new market.”
Legal recruiting generally has been booming this year. According to Hunt-Scanlon Media, lawyers employed by government agencies are on the move — a direct results of President Obama’s second term nearing its end. Employment of lawyers is projected to grow 10 percent through 2022. Demand for legal work is expected to be robust as individuals, businesses, and all levels of government require legal services in the U.S. and internationally as global economies expand.
To meet this demand, since the start of the year MLA has been bolstering its staff and search practices:
Just recently, the firm launched a new managed legal services offering, which provides corporate clients with process analysis, customized action plans and implementation assistance. Mark Yacano leads the team, which operates within its solutions practice group from the firm’s Washington, D.C., office.
In February, MLA appointed Ronald Stevens to the firm’s partner practice group in Houston. With more than 20 years of comprehensive experience as a practicing lawyer and talent management consultant in both the U.S. and Europe, he focuses on representing individual partners and partner groups in the lateral marketplace.
A few weeks before that, MLA named Stacey Breen and Peter Van Son as directors in its partner practice group in New York. Ms. Breen is a litigator with over 15 years of experience. She was previously a partner at law firm Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz in New York. Mr. Van Son is a legal operations executive and attorney with a successful track record at major AmLaw 100 firms.
Earlier this year, MLA named Jennifer Silver as executive director and global head of marketing and communications. She is based in the firm’s Boston office and will be responsible for strategic marketing for both MLA and Allegis Partners, its sister company focused on executive search.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media