Judy Allen Partner Emeritus

Judy Allen - Legal Recruiters San Francisco & Palo Alto


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After 16 years, I have decided to retire from Major, Lindsey & Africa and legal recruiting. My intention for this new chapter in my life is to enjoy the gift of time and use it to reflect and deepen relationships with my family, friends and (former) colleagues. I look forward to adventures ahead! For all your legal recruiting needs, please connect with my colleague Chad Marlow (cmarlow@mlaglobal.com or +

A Partner in our Northern California offices (San Francisco and Palo Alto), Judy Allen is one of the top performers in our In-House Practice Group. Her search practice is focused on senior-level roles, including senior corporate counsel, IP, compliance and general counsel positions. She also works with our offices in Europe and Asia to help her U.S. clients with their overseas hiring needs. Her style and approach is efficient, disciplined and designed to elicit relevant information and strategically critical needs; she helps her clients obtain optimal outcomes during their executive recruitment process.

Judy was born in San Francisco, raised in Southern California and has come back "home" to the Bay Area. She and her husband live in Marin County and enjoy cycling up Mt. Tamalpais or to the coast, and when not on their bikes, gardening in their backyard. With three grown sons now in Portland, Judy also enjoys an occasional weekend in the Pacific Northwest.


Since joining the organization in 2002, Judy has worked from both our Southern and Northern California offices, serving as Global Leader for business development from 2005–2007, where she helped design the strategy and best practices for the In-House Practice Group, and as Managing Partner of the Northern California offices from 2009–2015.


Judy works with rapidly growing private and public companies, many for whom she has implemented and developed in-house legal departments, and with Fortune 1000 companies nationwide in collaboration with her MLA colleagues. Her industry experience includes:

  • Life Sciences and Healthcare (representative clients include Blue Shield, Elan Pharmaceuticals, Gilead Sciences and Prothena)
  • Consumer Goods and Retail (representative clients include Abercrombie & Fitch, Anixter International, Cooper Tire, The Clorox Company, JC Penney and The Men's Wearhouse)
  • Financial Services (representative clients include Bank of the West, Rockwood Capital and Vector Capital)
  • Technology (representative clients include Blackberry, Cadence Design Systems, Intel Corporation and Salesforce)


Paul Merage School of Business at UC Irvine: M.B.A.

University of Southern California: B.S.