Merle J. Vaughn Managing Director

Merle Vaughn


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I am a global change agent for strategic, diversity-related initiatives in legal recruiting.

Merle Vaughn is our National Law Firm Diversity Practice Leader and a Partner Recruiter based in our Los Angeles office. Since becoming a recruiter in 2003, Merle has been involved in several high-profile law firm partner and in-house placements in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. She has also been retained by corporations and law firms specifically for her expertise in the area of diversity recruiting.

Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) recently honored Merle by naming her co-chair of its Southern California leadership. She is a sought-after speaker who is frequently asked to moderate and speak as a thought leader in the area of diversity.

An avid golfer, Merle is a member of the SCGA and the WLALA SCGA. When she is not golfing with her husband, Jeff, she is attending hip-hop dance classes with her daughter, Taylor.


Merle received her J.D. from the University of California – Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law. While at Boalt, she was a judicial extern for the Honorable Harry Pregerson, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, a member of the High Technology Law Journal and she taught Street Law to inner city youth.

Before discovering her niche as a legal recruiter, Merle worked in high-tech sales, practiced corporate law with Cooley LLP, was general counsel for WOC Products Inc. and was a successful business owner. Noteworthy distinctions include: top sales person in the country for Texas Instruments (5 Million Dollar Club member), being named "Minority Entrepreneur of the Year" by Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordon, chair of the Los Angeles Mayor's Minority Business Opportunity Committee and appointment to the Los Angeles Mayor's Contracts Sub-Committee.

Prior to joining Major, Lindsey & Africa, Merle established and managed the Los Angeles office for Lucas Group Legal. While at Lucas Group, she received the distinction of being "Recruiter of the Year" and was a President's Club member.


University of California – Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law: J.D.

University of Southern California: B.S., Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing


Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF), Southern California Co-Chair

Women's Leadership Council, Member

Harvard Westlake's Parent Association, Past Member

Yale University's Parent Annual Fund Committee, Past Member