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.
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.
Gigi's representative clients include:
- Guess Inc
- Public Storage
- Christie Digital
- The Irvine Company
- Jacobs Engineering
- Ares Management
- Platinum Equity
- Tejon Ranch
University of California at Los Angeles: J.D.
Claremont McKenna College: B.A., English, Psychology, magna cum laude
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