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 California offices, and has also served as MLA’s Global Leader for business development. In this position she helped design the strategy and best practices for the global In-House Practice Group.
Judy’s search practice is focused on senior level and General Counsel positions within Fortune 1000 companies as well as on rapidly growing companies for whom she has created and developed in-house legal departments. Judy has consulted with clients throughout California and across the nation in collaboration with her MLA colleagues, in the biotech, energy, technology, financial services, consumer products, retail and media industries.
Judy has conducted General Counsel searches for Fortune 500 clients such as Anixter International, Cooper Tire & Rubber Company and Research in Motion. She has also conducted “first General Counsel” searches for rapidly growing companies such as Recurrent Energy and SafeNet. Other clients with whom she has worked include Intel Corporation, salesforce.com, Cadence Design Systems, The Clorox Company, Bank of the West, The Walt Disney Company, Better Place, Redwood Trust, Ingram Micro, Dole Food Company, and Edison International.
Working with MLA’s offices in Europe and Asia, Judy has also helped her U.S. clients with their overseas hiring needs. Her style and approach is disciplined and designed to elicit relevant information and address strategically critical needs and help her clients obtain optimal outcomes during their executive recruitment process.
Judy was born in San Francisco, raised in Southern California and has come back “home” to the Bay Area. She received her B.S. from the University of Southern California and her M.B.A. from UC Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business.