Heather Fine Managing Director

Heather Fine - Legal Recruiting Chicago


What It Takes To Lead Legal in Higher Education September 1, 2017 From the Clery Act and Title IX to First Amendment... Read More
10 Tips to Ace Your Interview August 20, 2015 10 Tips to Ace Your Interview... Read More
Hiring and Compensation Trends for In-House Counsel March 24, 2014 A discussion with MLA's Heather Fine about current... Read More

In the News

Legal Search Firm Major, Lindsey & Africa Places Karen Jensen Petrulakis as General Counsel at Wellesley College, Boston September 19, 2017 Karen Jensen Petrulakis has been named to the newl... Read More
Major, Lindsey & Africa Places Ketan K. Patel as General Counsel at Forest City Realty Trust, Inc. May 22, 2017 Ketan K. Patel has been placed as Executive Vice P... Read More
Major, Lindsey & Africa Places Norman D. Finch Jr. as General Counsel at Illinois Tool Works January 30, 2017 Norman D. Finch Jr. has been placed as senior vice... Read More
Major, Lindsey & Africa Places Senior Vice President & General Counsel at Enterprise Holdings June 7, 2016 Major, Lindsey Africa Places Senior Vice Presiden... Read More

As a former public interest lawyer, I am high energy, hard-working, dedicated and have a passion for people and meaningful work. I have translated these qualities into the in-house recruiting world to partner with clients and candidates to ensure long-term success. The best results are when we find a perfect, sustainable match between a candidate and client. I strive to produce this meaningful result every day.

Heather Fine, a Managing Director in our Chicago In-House Practice Group, specializes in placing attorneys in corporate legal departments in a variety of industries.

Heather enjoys running and loves to travel whenever she has the chance. She also is a mentor and board member at Legal Prep Charter Academy, a legal-themed charter high school, which serves students and families in at-risk communities in Chicago.

I'm a global navigator! Learn more.


Heather handles in-house searches ranging from corporate counsel positions to general counsel roles in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, higher education, consumer products, telecommunications, retail, technology, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, professional services and financial services. Utilizing a combination of her people orientation and strong interpersonal skills, she works closely with her clients and candidates to ensure the best outcome. Over the last several years, Heather has handled searches for public and private companies of all sizes (including several Fortune 500 companies). Heather's extensive recruiting experience allows her to excel at matching her clients with the right candidates.

Prior to joining Major, Lindsey & Africa, Heather worked for several years at the Children's Law Center in Washington, D.C., first as a staff attorney and then as a supervising attorney, representing children in the foster care system. She also served as counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs' Special Investigation into Hurricane Katrina. Heather began her legal career in a boutique firm in the DC metro area.

Prior to entering law school, she worked on Capitol Hill for a United States Senator.


Some of Heather's recent placements include:

  • Enterprise Holdings – General Counsel
  • IDEX Corporation – General Counsel
  • Schnitzer Steel Industries – General Counsel
  • Iowa State University – General Counsel
  • The Joint Commission – General Counsel
  • Ecolab – Chief IP Counsel
  • Opportunity International – General Counsel
  • ConAgra Foods – Chief Labor & Employment Counsel
  • University of Michigan – Deputy General Counsel


Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law: J.D., with honors

Colby College: B.A.


Admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Illinois

Legal Prep Charter Academy, Board Member