Heather Fine Partner

Heather Fine - Legal Recruiting Chicago


The Legacy of a General Counsel: Succession Planning – Tips for Getting it Right May 15, 2018 No matter how amazing your general counsel is, at ... Read More
What It Takes To Lead Legal in Higher Education September 1, 2017 From the Clery Act and Title IX to First Amendment... Read More
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Hiring and Compensation Trends for In-House Counsel March 24, 2014 A discussion with MLA's Heather Fine about current... Read More

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4 Traits Facebook And Google Should Want In A New GC August 8, 2018 Technical expertise, business savvy and the kind o... Read More
MLA Names Three Recruiters to its Partnership July 25, 2018 Heather Fine, Jennifer Henderson, and Robert Zinn ... Read More
MLA Places Michael-Bryant Hicks as GC at Elanco Animal Health June 26, 2018 Hicks will oversee all of Elanco's legal functions... Read More
Major, Lindsey & Africa Places Sylvia A. Stein as General Counsel at Modine Manufacturing Company in Racine, Wisconsin February 19, 2018 Major, Lindsey Africa Places Sylvia A. Stein as G... Read More
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 the two.” 

Heather Fine, a Partner in our Chicago In-House Practice Group, specializes in placing attorneys in corporate legal departments in a variety of industries. She handles in-house searches ranging from corporate counsel positions to general counsel roles in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, higher education, healthcare, consumer products, telecommunications, retail, technology, pharmaceuticals, professional services and financial services. Over the last several years, Heather has managed searches for public and private companies of all sizes (including several Fortune 500 companies). Her extensive recruiting experience allows her to excel at matching her clients with the best candidate for the company.


In addition, Heather has authored several articles related to the legal search field and also speaks regularly at various conferences and on panels on related subjects.  Outside of work, 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 charter high school, which serves students and families in at-risk communities in Chicago.

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Prior to joining Major, Lindsey & Africa, Heather worked for several years at the Children's Law Center in Washington, D.C., 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 D.C. metro area. Prior to entering law school, she worked on Capitol Hill for a United States Senator.


Some of Heather's representative placements include:

  • Illinois Tool Works – Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary
  • Enterprise Holdings – Senior Vice President & General Counsel
  • Wellesley College – General Counsel
  • Forest City Realty Trust – Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary
  • Tennant Company – Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
  • The Joint Commission – General Counsel
  • Kindred Healthcare – Deputy General Counsel – Litigation & Government Investigation
  • IDEX Corporation – Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary
  • Iowa State University – General Counsel
  • Ecolab – Chief IP 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