Jon Lindsey is the co-founder of the New York office of Major, Lindsey & Africa, voted the “Best Legal Recruiter 2013” by the readers of the National Law Journal, “best legal search firm in the United States” in Worldlaw Business magazine’s survey of the AmLaw 100, and “in a league apart” from other legal recruiters by The American Lawyer. He was the subject of an extensive profile in Of Counsel magazine and (together with four of his MLA partners) was among the 18 recruiters named in LawDragon’s “100 Legal Consultants You Need to Know.” He views his role as helping highly successful professionals choose the path that will best advance their careers and maximize their happiness. He seeks to provide outstanding service to the partners and law firms he works with, and to do so with integrity, intelligence, discretion and professionalism.
Over the past two decades Jon has placed scores of partners and practice groups at many of the world’s top law firms (ranging from global powerhouses such as Paul Weiss, Milbank Tweed, Gibson Dunn, and Freshfields, to highly profitable three-partner boutiques), conducted successful General Counsel searches for corporations around the U.S., and assisted firms in merger and branch office acquisitions. As the former Global Co-Chair of MLA’s Partner Practice Group, Jon helped to set strategy and coordinate the partner practice for the firm’s 21 domestic and international offices.
He earned his B.A. with honors from Wesleyan University and his J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was Managing Editor of the Columbia Law Review and a three-time Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. After clerking for the Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, he practiced with Debevoise & Plimpton, as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York, and as Deputy Counsel to the Department of City Planning and Counsel to the Chairman of New York City’s Planning Commission.
Jon is the co-author of “Managing People In Today’s Law Firm” (Quorum Books, 1995), and author of “Lateral Partner Satisfaction: A Decade of Perspective” (New York, 2007) and numerous articles for The American Lawyer, Corporate Counsel Magazine, The National Law Journal, New York Law Journal, International Financial Law Review and others. He has been invited to speak by the American Management Association, the Federal Bar Council, the Association of General Counsel, PLI and others, on topics ranging from innovative law firm retention and partner compensation policies to best practices in staffing the global law department.
Jon is a member of the Board of Editors of American Lawyer Media’s Law Firm Partnership and Benefits Report. From 2001-2011 he served on the Board of Trustees of The Spence School, where he chaired the Long Range Planning Committee and sat on its Executive Committee. He currently serves as a Trustee of the George Jackson Academy, an independent, needs-blind middle school for boys from low-income families. He has also served as a Trustee of the Citizens Budget Commission of the City of New York, on the Small Law Firm Management Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, as an adjunct professor at New York Law School, and as a member of the Executive Committee of Trinity School’s Alumni Society.
Representative speaking engagements include:
2013: Law Firm Leaders Conference, Women in Law Empowerment Forum
2012: Webinar: Look Before You Leap - Due Diligence in Law Firm Moves and Mergers
2012: NY Legal Market Forum, New Economic Paradigm for Talent, Profits, Laterals, Mergers
2012: Best Lawyers Advisory Board, Changing Roles and Recruitment of the GC and Lateral Partner
2011: West LegalEd Webinar, Innovative Trends in Lateral Lawyer Selection and Integration
2011 and 2009: New York City Bar Association, Lawyers in Transition
2011: Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF)
2010: PLI Law Firm Leadership and Management Institute
2008: ACI Lateral Hiring and Integration Forum
2008: NY Inn of Court: The Changing Law Firm and Career Development
2007 and 2006: Hildebrandt Institute Partner Compensation Workshop
2006: PLI Law Firm General Counsel Forum
2006 and 2005: American Lawyer Law Firm Liability Forum
2005: American Lawyer Law Firm Partner Compensation Forum
2002: NY State Bar Association, Finding the Right Recruiter
2001 American Management Association: Maximizing the Relationship With Recruiters