Major, Lindsey & Africa Leadership Team

The leadership team at Major, Lindsey & Africa represents an impressive combination of experience and expertise from the arenas of business and law. While this page will display the bios and credentials of our management team, many of whom are lawyers themselves, the most important criteria for any MLA leader is that they live MLA’s core values , finding ways to serve their peers, colleagues, direct reports and communities every day. It is the hard work and excellence of our leadership team that has built the impressive team ofand our legal recruitment experts that makes MLA the industry leaders we are today.

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Office Managing Partner, Northern California

Judy Allen is the Managing Partner of Major, Lindsey & Africa's Northern California offices and consistently one of the firm's most successful recruiters. Since joining the organization in 2002, she has worked from MLA's Southern and Northern Ca...


Paul D. Allen is a Partner in the Palo Alto and San Francisco offices of Major, Lindsey & Africa and a member of the firm's Partner Practice Group, representing individual law firm partners and groups in the lateral marketplace. Prior to joinin...

Deborah Ben-Canaan is a Partner in the firm and the leader of the Washington, D.C. In-House Practice Group. She is one of the firm's top recruiters. Prior to returning to the Washington, D.C. area in 2011 to head the in-house practice, Deb spent 11 ...

Office Managing Partner, Los Angeles and Co-Global Practice Leader - In-House Practice Group

Gigi Birchfield is the Managing Partner of the Southern California offices of Major, Lindsey & Africa (Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego), and co-Global Practice Leader for the firm's In-House Practice. Gigi graduated with a B.A. in Engli...

Regional Manager - EMEA

Fiona Birt-Llewellin is the Regional Manager - EMEA, based in London. Fiona joined MLA following a 25 year career in the industry. She has held board level positions in a UK publicly- quoted recruitment group, a NASDAQ listed staffing business and m...

Managing Partner, Texas

Pete Boerner is the Managing Partner of MLA's Texas offices and a member of the firm's In-House Practice Group. Having joined the firm in 2009, Pete brought more than 10 years of executive recruiting experience to MLA. Throughout his earlier career ...

Global Practice Leader, Law Firm Management

Amanda K. Brady is a Managing Director and the Global Practice Leader of Major, Lindsey & Africa's Law Firm Management practice. Amanda has 15 years of executive and legal search experience, the last 10 of which focused on building executive man...

National Operations Manager

Holly Buchanan is the National Operations Manager for Major, Lindsey & Africa. Her responsibilities include office operations, real estate and hiring, training, and managing the administrative staff for the U.S. offices. Holly works closely with...


Catherine Butts is a Partner in MLA’s Atlanta office and a member of the firm’s In-House Practice Group.  Catherine has twenty years of experience in the attorney recruiting profession.  For the last ten years, she has focused ...

Partner & National Practice Manager, Law Firm Management Practice and Partner Practice Group

Laurie Caplane is a Partner and the National Practice Manager in the Law Firm Management and Partner Practice at Major, Lindsey & Africa. Laurie has more than 30 years experience leading marketing and business development in a variety of industr...

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