Jacquelyn Knight Partner

Jacquelyn Knight

Trust of candidates and clients has led to my success as a top legal recruiter in New York. For over a decade, I have built my practice based upon great matches and referrals. Confidentiality and responsiveness are key in this sophisticated and fluid New York market. My team at Major, Lindsey & Africa has the market intelligence and resources to complete searches with the best results.

Jacquelyn Knight, a Partner in our New York office, has successfully counseled more than 100 partners of varied backgrounds in their placements in small, mid-sized and large national and global firms as well as groups of partners on complex searches. Over the last decade, she has worked with many high-profile attorneys and groups, some with a multi-geographic practice focus.

Jacquelyn is an expert in the New York legal market and regularly meets with litigation and corporate partners in order to inform them of the current legal market. Her market intelligence, enhanced by her firm's global presence and partners in more than 20 offices worldwide, is unmatched. She regularly conducts targeted searches in order to complete strategic placements in varied areas of practice. She does not only match parameters on practice fit and metrics of practice but also finds the best cultural fit for candidates and clients. Much of her client work is repeat work, given the success of her placements, and most of her partner candidates are referred by partners she placed through a successful candidate interview process and integration.

Experience

Before becoming a legal recruiter, Jacquelyn practiced as an attorney in New York. While in college, she was a human resource director at a New York brokerage firm. After earning her J.D. from St. John's University School of Law, she worked as a federal litigator for five years at the National Labor Relations Board in New York.

Placements

With respect to individual partner deals, Jacquelyn has completed many placements, representing individuals:

  • Working in practice areas that include Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property, White Collar, Antitrust, Executive Compensation, ERISA, Mergers & Acquisitions, Finance, Energy, Investment Management, Private Equity, Hedge Fund, Capital Markets, Restructuring, Real Estate, Insurance and Tax.
  • Leaving government positions at SDNY, EDNY, DOJ and SEC in their placement at law firms.

With respect to group partner deals, Jacquelyn has completed many complex transactions, including representing:

  • Multiple partners in a 100-lawyer firm acquisition by a global firm.
  • Group of ten Capital Markets and M&A attorneys in a move to a global firm.
  • A White Collar boutique in their move to a global firm.
  • A group of six Hedge Fund lawyers in their move to a global firm.
  • A team of Private Equity and Real Estate lawyers in their move to a global firm.
  • A team of three Intellectual Property Litigation partners opening a New York office for a national firm.
  • A team of eight International Arbitration lawyers in their move to a global firm.
  • A team of Real Estate partners in their move to a national firm.
  • A team of four Structured Finance attorneys in their move to a New York based firm.

Jacquelyn also executes searches for her partners in the in-house group, meeting with and referring appropriate partner candidates for general counsel and other searches.

Education

St. John's University School of Law: J.D.

Fordham University: B.S., Business and Economics, summa cum laude