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Major, Lindsey & Africa

Legal, Employment - Recruiting - Staffing

For over a quarter-century, Major, Lindsey & Africa has concentrated its practice on the placement of lawyers and legal professionals. We’ve maintained this commitment because the practice of law is distinctly different from that of any other profession. To truly understand the career aspirations of those in the legal field – as well as the needs of the firms and companies that hire them – a recruiter must have experience, focus and in-depth market knowledge of the legal profession. In our opinion, this is a full-time job. By being committed specialists, our information systems, networks, search and qualification processes – everything we do – is aligned with the legal profession. We know more people in the profession, know more about them, and know them better than anyone else.


Major, Lindsey & Africa is the largest and most effective legal recruiting company in the world. With more than 20 US and international offices and the industry’s most extensive database, we are able to provide our clients and candidates with truly global capabilities, in-depth market knowledge, an unparalleled understanding of local trends, and access to the most-qualified lawyers and legal professionals around the world. Over the past two decades, we have successfully completed more legal searches than any other legal or executive search organization. Sophisticated clients from AmLaw 100 and Magic Circle law firms, Fortune 1000 and FTSE 250 corporations, as well as a host of other companies count on MLA for their legal search needs. Each of our search consultants offers highly-personalized lifetime service in at least one of these areas of legal search:

  • Partner
  • Associate
  • In-House Counsel / General Counsel
  • Law Firm Management
Focus on the finest

The professionals we work with – often for the length and breadth of their careers – have proven their excellence with superb academic credentials, expertise in the today’s most sought-after specialties and top performance at leading law firms and companies of all types and sizes. We’re especially gratified by our reputation for placing candidates who possess qualities that don’t always reveal themselves in CVs – leadership, insight, courage, integrity, creativity, emotional intelligence.

The global search firm

The global search firm for the global century

To provide our clients and candidates with the greatest possible depth and breadth of service, MLA is the only legal search firm that maintains over 20 local offices around the world. The recruiters in each office have their fingers on the pulse of the local legal marketplace – the area’s leading and up-and-coming lawyers, the most attractive private practice and in-house opportunities, plus current and future business trends.

But these local specialists also have the unique advantage of being plugged into MLA’s connected and collaborative network of offices around the world, enabling us to serve a legal profession that grows more global every day. Whether you are a lawyer looking for opportunities overseas, a multinational in need of top in-house lawyers or a firm planning to expand your international capabilities, you can count on MLA to identify the best candidate – or the best job – quickly and efficiently.

Because of our global network, we are able to provide you with sophisticated and knowledgeable consultation about multinational corporations and law firms with operations anywhere in the world—the United States, Asia, Europe/Middle East/Africa, and South America. We also are prepared to help you resolve complex issues surrounding cross-border placements such as foreign re-qualification and the realities of expatriates in foreign legal roles. We can even familiarize your staff with customs, cultures and legal environments around the world.

We offer a level of expertise and service you may not typically associate with a legal search firm. But it is what you can expect from engaging a professional advisor and partner like MLA.