Carol Morganstern Managing Director

Carol Morganstern - Legal Recruitment Services San Francisco & Palo Alto


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I absolutely love this job. I get the opportunity to help my candidates maximize their career potential, while simultaneously helping my clients recruit top talent in one of the most competitive markets for lateral partners in the country. I take care to ensure that each and every candidate, and each of my clients, gets the best possible outcome for their unique needs. I get immense personal satisfaction from watching my candidates thrive at the right firm after a placement.

Carol Morganstern is an award-winning member of our Partner Practice Group, working in both our San Francisco and Palo Alto offices. Carol works exclusively with top-level candidates, groups and firms looking for merger partners to help identify the right law firm that will allow them to expand their practices, maximize benefits for their clients and reach their full career potential. She is constantly in the market speaking with law firms to understand each firm's unique value proposition offered to lateral candidates and identify the right talent for those clients. With this approach, she is confident she is providing the highest level of service to both candidates and clients.

In addition to working with law firm partners and groups, Carol works closely with high-level candidates moving out of government agencies, including the U.S. Attorney's Office, the Securities Exchange Commission and the Federal Trade Commission, successfully placing these candidates into law firms in the Bay Area.

After over a decade in San Francisco, Carol recently moved to Mill Valley, giving her son the classic San Francisco gift for his fifth birthdaya house in Marin. Outside of work, Carol enjoys cooking, entertaining and spending time with family and friends. As a native of the Peninsula, she is lucky to have a life filled with extended family and many close friends nearby. On weekends, Carol and her family escape to Carmel Valley whenever life permits. Carol’s husband is an accomplished banjo player, but she loves him anyway.


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Prior to joining Major, Lindsey & Africa, Carol was an employment attorney with a number of Bay Area law firms, including Jackson Lewis LLP.


Carol has placed partners and groups in a wide range of law firms, including the following:

  • Baker Botts LLP
  • Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP
  • Cooper & Scully PC
  • Crowell & Moring LLP
  • Dechert LLP
  • King & Spalding LLP
  • Moscone Emblidge & Otis LLP
  • Nixon Peabody LLP
  • Orrick
  • Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
  • Severson & Werson PC
  • Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • Venable LLP

Speaking Engagements

WILEF Summer Event – Closing the Wage Gap By Focusing on Our Own Compensation, June 26, 2018

Ninth Annual San Francisco/Silicon Valley Legal Market 2017, December 7, 2016

WILEF Fall Event - Mastering Negotiating: Negotiating for Yourself, November 9, 2016

Laws of Attraction, Panel Discussion hosted by Venable and Osborne Clark, July 2015


Washington University School of Law: J.D.

University of California, Santa Barbara: B.A., Communications


Women In Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF): Co-Chair, Northern California, August 2016–Present

Women In Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF), Board of Directors Northern California, May 2015–Present

Legal Services for Children, Co-Chair for Annual Fundraising Event, 2017

Legal Services for Children, Committee Member for Annual Fundraising Event, 2012 – Present

Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, Auction Committee for Annual Gala, 2015

San Francisco Bar Association Barristers Club, Judge's Reception Committee, Member, 2012 – 2013

San Francisco Symphony, Symphonix Young Professional Organization, Board of Directors, 2009–2013

Bay Area Red Cross, Gala Committee Member for Annual Red Cross Gala, 2012 – 2013