June 16, 2011 – Search firm Major, Lindsey & Africa has announced that Deborah Ben-Canaan (San Diego), Catherine Butts (Atlanta), Carl Hopkins (Hong Kong), Jacquelyn Knight (New York), Jeff Liebster (New York), Jane Sullivan Roberts (Washington, D.C.) and Lee Udelsman (New York) have been named partners. The seven join MLA’s advisory board. “Partnership criteria are demanding,” said Simon Robinson, president of MLA. “Each of these new partners has demonstrated they are an outstanding recruiter, team member, leader and ambassador for the firm. These seven people make MLA a better place to work and contribute to the strength of our firm in everything they do.” Ms. Ben-Canaan, partner and member of the in-house practice group, has 10 years of in-house search placement experience at all levels from corporate counsel to general counsel. Ms. Butts, partner and member of the in-house practice group, has 20 years of experience in legal recruiting, the last 10 focusing on general counsel and other senior level in-house searches across the U.S. Mr. Hopkins, partner and office practice leader-partner practice group Asia, specializes in partner level search and the establishment of Asian offices for international law firms. Ms. Knight, partner and member of the partner practice group, has successfully placed numerous partners of varied backgrounds, and partner groups, in small, mid-sized and large national firms. Mr. Liebster, partner and member of the partner practice group, has facilitated the placement of partners in a variety of practice groups with many of the top law firms in the country as well as office openings and firm mergers. Ms. Sullivan Roberts, partner and member of the partner practice group, focuses on the representation of individual law firm partners and groups and conducts searches for senior in-house positions. Mr. Udelsman, partner and member of the In-house practice group, places senior in-house counsel in all industries and across borders. With offices throughout the U.S., London, Hong Kong and Tokyo, Major, Lindsey & Africa is an executive search firm focused on the legal sector.
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