Jay Kim Managing Director

Jay Kim - Law Firm Recruiters San Francisco & Palo Alto


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Charting an In-House Career Path: Better to Go Big or Small? February 9, 2015 Jay Kim discusses the factors that should be consi... Read More
A Professional Recruiter’s Perspective on Laying Groundwork to Becoming a General Counsel August 12, 2014 There is no set path to the general counsel role, ... Read More

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Major, Lindsey & Africa Places Hillary B. Smith as General Counsel at Square November 7, 2016 Hillary B. Smith has been placed by Major, Lindsey... Read More
Interview with Jay Kim by Salle Yoo, AABA Director June 1, 2012 MLAs Jay Kim is interviewed for the Asian American... Read More

I am energized by people and love learning their stories and what drives them. Learning about my candidates and their motivations as well as ingraining myself into the culture of my clients' organizations drives me to be fully engaged in each search and place the right candidates in the right positions of leadership. Diversity and inclusion issues are also important to me, and I endeavor to submit diverse slates for all searches.

Jay Kim is a Managing Director with the San Francisco office. She focuses on in-house searches from small private to Fortune 500 companies. Jay recruits for a wide range of positions, including IP, compliance, AGC/DGC, and general counsel roles. Since joining Major, Lindsey & Africa in April of 2011, a majority of her placements have been diversity candidates.

Jay is a member of our technology industry segment team and brings deep expertise to the recruiting needs of the sector.  She also has conducted significant searches and successful placements in life sciences, healthcare and retail, amongst other industries.

Jay was born and raised in Korea and is passionate about food, especially fusion food involving kimchi. She can be found taking advantage of the lively culinary scene in the Bay Area and beyond, from dives to fancy eateries. To balance her love of food, she enjoys yoga.


Jay started her career working as a litigator for five years, including at Gordon & Rees as an associate and with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals as a legal affairs staff attorney. After practicing law, she opened a small business and explored her creative side in music and fashion while traveling extensively. She then moved into recruiting at a major legal recruiting firm before coming over to Major, Lindsey & Africa.


Jay's client list includes companies in:

  • Technology (Uber Technologies*, Square, Inc.)
  • Life sciences/healthcare (Thoratec,* Ventana Medical Systems, El Camino Hospital, Prothena, AcelRx, Blue Shield of California, Align Technology)
  • Retail (Gap, Inc., BevMo!, PetSmart*, Men's Wearhouse)
  • Financial services ( Bank of the West*)
  • Private equity backed start-ups and companies.

Other notable clients include URS, CAI International and Recurrent Energy.*

Jay has also successfully partnered with our Asia office on a general counsel search for a NYSE-listed technology company in Seoul, Korea, and worked closely with Infosys headquarters in Bangalore, India, to place their general counsel in Silicon Valley.

*Denotes multiple searches.


University of California, Hastings College of the Law: J.D.

San Francisco State University: B.A., magna cum laude

Phi Beta Kappa


Korean American Bar Association

Asian American Bar Association


Supporter of the BAAAGCs Group and the WGCN