Beth B. Woods is a Managing Director in Major, Lindsey & Africa’s Chicago office where she focuses on representing attorneys in the lateral marketplace. Beth works with attorneys to formulate and execute strategies to achieve their career goals. She is a seasoned trial attorney who brings many years of experience as an attorney to her career as a legal recruiter. Having been both an associate and a partner in a law firm, Beth has a unique understanding and perspective on the practice of law. She understands the personal and professional dynamics of working in a law firm and is able to counsel attorneys to maximize their legal careers.
Prior to joining MLA, Beth was a Litigation Partner at Williams, Montgomery & John Ltd., specializing in the areas of trucking, construction and premises liability. In addition to taking well over 100 depositions, Beth tried and successfully defended multiple jury trial cases in State and Federal Courts.
Beth played basketball at the University of Chicago and graduated with honors with a B.A. in Romance Language and Literature. She also studied and worked abroad and speaks fluent French. She obtained her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Miami and practiced in Naples, Florida, as a commercial litigator before moving back to Chicago.
Beth’s career as a litigator honed her ability to read people, elicit information and effectively communicate with them. This background serves her well at MLA as she counsels associates and partners in finding and selecting positions most suited to their skills, background, training and personality.