Young Mayden Finds New Leader for the Houston Bar Association

March 27, 2019 – Legal recruiting continues to be a hot area for search firms. Lawyers employed by government agencies in particular have been on the move as a result of changes in government administrations, 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.

Following a national search, Young Mayden has placed Mindy G. Davidson as the new executive director of the Houston Bar Association (HBA). She succeeds long-time executive director Kay Sim, who retired on March 1. Principal Barbara Mayden led the assignment.

“We are excited to have Mindy join us as executive director, building on Kay Sim’s enormous contributions to the HBA,” said Warren Harris, president of the HBA. “Mindy’s legal background will be a great asset as she leads us in this time of change. I look forward to the new energy and insight she will bring to the HBA.”

Ms. Davidson is an attorney with three decades of corporate and non-profit leadership, advising executive management and boards in strategy, fiscal and fiduciary responsibility, governance and law. She has spent her career advising clients on the design, implementation and administration of broad-based and executive compensation and benefits strategies. Previously, Ms. Davidson served as a senior director at Alvarez & Marsal and before that as lead counsel, compensation and benefits for LyondellBasell. Earlier in her career, Ms. Davidson practiced with Andrews Kurth LLP (now Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP).

“I am inspired by the commitment of the HBA staff to serving the needs of the Houston-area lawyers and our community,” Ms. Davidson said. “It is an honor, and I look forward to working with the board of directors and the HBA staff to build on this strong foundation as we approach the HBA’s 150th anniversary.”

Established in 1870, The Houston Bar Association’s 11,000 member attorneys have a continued commitment to serving the legal profession and the community of Harris County, TX. Its mission is to serve the needs of Houston-area lawyers and enhance the legal profession

Legal Recruiters

Founded in 2007, Young Mayden has assisted law firms with lateral recruiting and strategic growth initiatives, including helping clients open new offices or merge with other firms in Boston, Dallas, Kansas, Charlotte, Fort Lauderdale, Charleston and Columbia. The firm also places attorneys with corporations.


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Its principals, Kenneth Young and Ms. Mayden, have years of experience practicing business and employment law at several different regional and national law firms, including Bass, Berry & Sims; Skadden Arps; White & Case; King & Spalding; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart; and Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough. In addition, the pair have extensive senior leadership experience in the ABA, where they have worked with many of America’s top attorneys and bar leaders.

Law-related organizational searches that Young Mayden has conducted nationally include president of the National Judicial College in Reno, president and CEO of the National Conference of Bar Examiners in Madison, executive director of the American Bar Association in Chicago and executive director of the Uniform Law Commission in Chicago.

Recent Placement

Recently, Ms. Mayden placed Ona Alston Dosunmu as the executive director of the California Lawyers Association (CLA), a member-driven, mission-focused organization dedicated to the professional advancement of attorneys practicing in California.

Ms. Alston Dosunmu integrates her varied and extensive professional and volunteer experiences, ability to build and lead teams and her legal background to support the mission of CLA, which is to promote excellence, diversity and inclusion in the legal profession and fairness in the administration of justice and the rule of law. She previously served as vice president, general counsel and interim chief operating officer at the Brookings Institution.

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

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