Leslie A. Goldman Managing Director

Leslie Goldman

Having practiced law for 23 years, both in-house (as a general counsel) and in large law firms, I understand the type of person that our corporate clients need—the skill set, the temperament, the experience. Recruiting is a natural fit for me since I get energy from people and I love to understand what motivates them. I look for ways to connect people with others and connecting people to jobs is a true passion. I also strive to help companies understand the true value of having a diverse team.

Leslie Goldman, a Managing Director with our In-House Practice Group, specializes in recruiting chief legal officers, chief compliance officers, deputy GCs and other senior in-house attorneys for corporations in energy, healthcare, logistics and many other industries.

Originally from New York, Leslie enjoys theater, opera, watching soccer and basketball, travel adventures with her three sons, singing and Brunellos (although she enjoys Barolos almost as much). And, she will never turn down an invite to happy hour.

Experience

Prior to joining Major, Lindsey & Africa, Leslie spent almost 10 years as vice president and general counsel (GC) for (i) Fisher HealthCare, the largest provider of diagnostic products to the US clinical market, (ii) Athena Diagnostics, a provider of proprietary genetic testing and (iii) Fisher Chemicals, a global chemical manufacturer and packager. In her GC positions, she served as part of the senior leadership teams and managed the legal function of each of these Thermo Fisher Scientific businesses. Prior to her tenure with Thermo Fisher, Leslie spent six years as a senior in-house attorney for Waste Management, based in Houston, Texas.

Leslie began her career in large law firms, starting in New York City with Proskauer Rose as a corporate/securities associate and then moving to Houston to join Vinson & Elkins' transactional healthcare group. She later practiced at Mayor, Day, Caldwell & Keeton prior to its merger with Andrews Kurth.

After 23 years as a practicing attorney, Leslie understands the needs of companies when seeking in-house attorneys at all levels. Law firms teach attorneys how to be technically proficient in their trade, but to be successful in-house, that lawyer must also have a keen understanding of the business needs and objectives of the company in order to be effective.

Placements

Searches include:

  • EVP and CLO of Calpine Corporation
  • VP and General Counsel of Ascension Texas
  • CLO and CCO of TG in Austin

Education

Fordham University School of Law: J.D., honors

Associate Editor, Fordham Law Review

University of New South Wales: M.A., Interdisciplinary Studies, High Distinctions

Yale University: B.A., cum laude, English Literature/Music

Associations

Co-Chair, Yale Summer Intern Program and Director, Yale Club of Houston

Donor and Housing Volunteer, Breakthrough Houston (a non-profit devoted to advancing the education of underserved community)

Sponsor, Texas General Counsel Forum

Volunteer soloist for various fundraising events

Associations: ACC, MCCA, NAWL, ABA, Texas Bar, ABA