Gigi Birchfield Managing Partner, Co-Global Practice Leader - In-House Practice Group

Gigi Birchfield

I enjoy people and I find the process of assessing candidates and clients fascinating. At every juncture of a company’s life or a person's career, there are different needs—figuring out those needs and where each player is in the framework is always interesting. Ultimately, making a placement where you have helped all parties to achieve success and possibly make life-changing decisions is very gratifying.

Gigi Birchfield is the Managing Partner of our Los Angeles office and co-Global Practice Leader for our In-House Practice Group.

In January of 2001, Gigi opened our Los Angeles office, followed closely by the San Diego and Orange County offices. She was responsible for building and managing all of the Southern California offices for several years after their inception and is currently tasked with managing the Los Angeles office. Gigi has held various management positions such as Office Practice Leader and Regional Practice Manager (In-House), as well as her current role as co-Global Practice Leader for the In-House Practice Group. Her recruiting practice has focused primarily on conducting in-house searches across industry lines, both nationwide and local, with a special emphasis on the placement of senior attorneys, including chief legal officers and general counsel

Gigi resides in the Los Feliz area with her husband and their two dogs, her three kids having flown the nest recently. She is proud to say that her eldest daughter is a graduate of her alma mater, CMC, while her middle daughter is currently attending USC (Fight On!) and her son is bound for University of Colorado, Boulder in the fall. She is very involved with her alma mater, having been a past president and board member of the Claremont McKenna College Alumni Association as well as an ex-officio member of CMC's Board of Trustees. Gigi also serves on the Board of the Berger Institute for Work, Family and Children, and is very proud to be a member of the Support Council for The Rape Treatment Center and Stuart House.

Experience

Gigi began her legal career at Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker in Los Angeles, where she practiced law for six years as a real estate transactional attorney. In 1992, she joined Citicorp Real Estate Inc. as assistant general counsel in its Los Angeles office, where she was responsible for supervising the legal function for all of the CREI offices in the Western region: Los Angeles, Orange County and San Francisco.

Placements

Gigi's representative clients include:

  • Guess Inc
  • Herbalife
  • Dole
  • Public Storage
  • Christie Digital
  • 1800Contacts
  • The Irvine Company
  • Illumina
  • DineEquity
  • Jacobs Engineering
  • Ares Management
  • Platinum Equity
  • MWI
  • Tejon Ranch

Education

University of California at Los Angeles: J.D.

Claremont McKenna College: B.A., English, Psychology, magna cum laude

Associations

Berger Institute for Work, Family and Children, Board of Directors

The Rape Treatment Center and Stuart House, Member of the Support Council

Claremont McKenna College Alumni Association, Past President and Current Board Member

CMC's Board of Trustees, Ex-officio Member