October 22, 2019 – Legal recruiting continues to be a hot area for search firms. Lawyers employed by government agencies in particular have been in high demand, according to analysts at Hunt Scanlon Media. 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.
Recently, executive search firm Major, Lindsey & Africa (MLA) opened a new Denver office, which expands the firm’s footprint in the West and grows the firm to 27 offices globally. The office will support the legal talent needs of law firm and in-house clients through three business lines.
Dudley Morton will lead the in-house counsel practice guiding legal departments through the hiring process and identifying top lawyers as well as compliance and privacy professionals to build out world-class legal teams.
“We are thrilled to welcome Dudley to our Denver in-house team,” said Chad Marlow, executive director of the in-house counsel practice – West region. “Dudley’s combination of advisory expertise, vast legal background and extensive retained search experience equip him to bring sound guidance to clients and candidates alike. He is uniquely positioned to help launch the MLA brand in the Denver market.”
Mr. Dudley joins Major, Lindsey & Africa from EFL Associates. As vice president, he led searches for C-suite and director-level roles. Before that, he served as principal at Adam James International, where he was responsible for leading the firm’s operational and management retained executive search practice. Prior to that, he was a partner in a private law practice where he worked with clients in areas including corporate, litigation and bankruptcy matters.
Maggie Tassi is relocating from San Francisco to lead interim legal talent in Denver. She will be responsible for both business development and client delivery and focus on the recruitment and placement of experienced contract attorneys and legal professionals for substantive assignments in both law firms and in-house legal departments. John Boyd will lead the office’s partner practice group advising law firms on lateral partner searches and law firm partners on lateral opportunities.
Booming Denver Market
Denver remains America’s fastest growing city, according to recent U.S. Census Bureau estimates. The city ranked No.1 on Forbes magazine’s list of the Best Places for Business and Careers, making it a natural landing spot for growth among executive search firms
“For the past decade, Denver has been among the fastest growing cities and has been ranked amongst the top for economic growth,” said John Cashman, president of Major, Lindsey & Africa. “A favorable tax climate and a growing, educated workforce is driving growth in Denver. In recent years, BigLaw has also come to Denver, and this presents the perfect opportunity for MLA to focus on the market and meet the demand for highly specialized legal search services for law firms and in-house legal departments.”
Founded in 1982, Major, Lindsey & Africa is a legal-focused search firm with more than 25 offices worldwide. It has a track record of general counsel, corporate counsel, partner, associate and law firm management placements. The firm also provides law firms and companies with highly specialized legal professionals on project, interim and temporary-to-permanent hire basis.
In September, MLA expanded in London with the addition of Ann-Marie Goodbody in its partner practice group, where she will have a particular focus on advising and recruiting for law firm clients, partners and partner groups in the lateral market as well as on law firm strategy, client service and client targeting. She will also work closely with the firm’s transform advisory team.
A qualified corporate lawyer, Ms. Goodbody has held senior roles in business development and marketing at Slaughter and May, Reed Smith, Weil Gotshal & Manges, and Travers Smith—to name a few—where she was responsible for devising and implementing firm-wide, practice-specific and individual strategic business development plans for multiple practice and industry sector groups globally.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media