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 in-house recruiters. Prior to returning to the Washington, D.C. area in 2011 to head the in-house practice, Deb spent 11 years as a recruiter and leader in MLA’s Southern California In-House Practice Group and was instrumental in opening the firm’s San Diego office in 2001. Deb is one of MLA’s most experienced recruiters, placing attorneys nationwide with corporate legal departments at all levels and across all industries. Placement highlights for Deb include the General Counsel searches for Johns Hopkins University, Quizno’s, CareFirst BlueCross Blue Shield, Scripps Networks (owner of HGTV and the Travel Channel) and General Dynamics NASSCO.
Deb works closely with MLA’s European and Asian offices assisting her U.S. clients with strategic hiring overseas. Deb also has an expertise in public agency searches, successfully placing Generals Counsel at the Metropolitan Water District of Los Angeles, the Unified Port District of San Diego and the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority.
Deb’s clients consider her to be a true partner in their attorney hiring, and she works closely with them to understand their needs, cultures and dynamics. Her track record of over 150 placements is a testament to her success, and she is particularly proud of the number of clients who return to her time and time again for assistance with their hiring needs. Deb believes it is her job to do the worrying on searches, so her clients are able to focus on the business of business. While Deb takes her role incredibly seriously, her clients appreciate her optimistic and vivacious demeanor that allows for some humor in what otherwise can be a stressful process.
Deb was born and raised in Maryland. She received her B.S. in marketing, with high distinction, from The Pennsylvania State University in 1993, and her J.D., magna cum laude, from Washington College of Law, The American University, in 1996. She is a former business litigator, practicing in the San Diego office of Gordon & Rees and with the well-established San Diego-based law firm, Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch. Deb has received numerous accolades at MLA for mentoring junior recruiters.