Brian Burlant Managing Director

Brian Burlant


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I am a legal recruiter who understands your business. My experience of more than 15 years as a general counsel and domestic and international counsel within some of the most notable Fortune 500s and a successfully sold technology company — combined with my more than 10 years of recruiting on behalf of leading emerging and public companies and AmLaw 100 firms — provides you a recruiting partner with exquisite sensitivity to your objectives, culture and needs. I find you candidates who fit in a complete, holistic way.

Brian Burlant, Managing Director in our In-House Practice Group, is one of the select few recruiters having a wealth of experience servicing clients, and placing candidates, in both in-house and law firm settings. He views these practices as complementary, reflecting the ever more closely entwined relationship of law firms and their clients, and the positive value that can be provided by a proactive in-house legal department and their outside counsel.

Brian has led searches in industry sectors including technology, private funds, banking manufacturing, energy/mining and consumer products.

As our East Coast Representative on the Technology Industry Team, Brian brings deep industry experience to the recruiting needs of established and emerging companies in the technology sector. Moreover, a number of the Team's recruiters have had direct, first-hand experience as in-house attorneys for these companies; they've "walked the walk". Among the clients for whom we have successfully completed recruiting engagements are Uber, Infosys, Nokia, Ingram Micro, and Shazam.


Brian came to Major, Lindsey & Africa with more than 10 years of experience as a legal recruiter and 15 years as an attorney, including as Assistant General Counsel – International for Avon Products, Counsel for Times Mirror Magazines ("Golf," "Yachting," "Ski") and as General Counsel for a publicly traded emerging technology company successfully sold to a European telecom.

Brian also operated his own recruiting firm for more than six years and served four years as a director at another leading legal search firm in New York.


Brian's in-house legal recruitment experience has included placements into emerging companies (including Shazam's General Counsel), portfolio companies of private equity firms and placements into leading private funds themselves, such as TPG and Magnetar. He has also placed candidates at bulge bracket investment and commercial banks, Fortune 500 companies, and numerous mid-cap and private companies. His extensive law firm placement experience encompasses numerous partner placements and teams at AmLaw 100 firms.

Brian's placements reflect the breadth of his domestic and international legal experience, having counseled on matters ranging from securities regulation, corporate governance, mergers & acquisitions and joint ventures to real estate, litigation, labor, technology and product licensing, including Avon's global sponsorship of the 1996 Summer Olympics.

Speaking Engagements

Panelist, Thomson Reuters – The 2nd Annual Corporate Counsel Leadership Forum, November 16, 2016

Moderator, Corporate Counsel Congress 2016: Global Employment Agreements – To Standardize or Not, June 9, 2016

Moderator, Major, Lindsey & Africa and Hunton & Williams Cybersecurity Executive Panel Discussion: Learn Best Practices from a Live Cyber Attack Scenario, September 17, 2015

Speaker, How to Structure a Good Resume workshop at New York City Bar's Boot Camp '15, October 1, 2015


The George Washington University Law School: J.D.

The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania: B.S., Economics; B.A., Political Science, cum laude


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