Melinda Wallman is the founder of the London and Hong Kong offices of Major, Lindsey & Africa (MLA). She led the firm's international expansion until 2009 and is now in charge of the firm's EMEA Partner Practice Group. She specialises in senior level search on behalf of law firms, financial institutions, funds and multinational companies in London and internationally. Melinda has placed partners into many AmLaw 100, Magic and Silver Circle law firms including Allen & Overy, Cleary Gottlieb, Herbert Smith, Gibson Dunn, Linklaters, Milbank Tweed, Norton Rose, Ropes & Gray, Sidley Austin, Skadden Arps, and Weil Gotshal. She has placed General Counsels and other lawyers with many financial institutions, funds and companies including Cheyne Capital, Credit Suisse, General Electric, JP Morgan and Noonday Asset Management.
About one-third of Melinda’s searches are cross-border. She has particular expertise assisting law firms and corporate law departments to expand internationally. She has opened offices for law firms in London, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore. She has worked as a search consultant in London, Hong Kong, New York and Sydney. She speaks and writes frequently on issues concerning cross-border search and the globalisation of the legal profession.
Melinda is committed to helping women to achieve their career goals and to helping law firms and companies to recruit, retain and develop female talent. She runs a quarterly seminar series, Managing your Career: the XX Advantage for senior women in the legal profession and is on the editorial board of Women in Law.
Melinda received her LL.B. from the University of New South Wales, Sydney in 1992 and her B.A. from the University of New South Wales in 1990, completing part of the degree on a DAAD scholarship at the Freie Universitaet, Berlin. Prior to joining MLA in New York in 1999, Melinda practised corporate law at Gilbert & Tobin, Sydney, then commenced her search career with a major British consultancy in London, developing their cross-border UK-Australia business.