Ryan B. Whitacre is a Managing Director in our In-House Practice Group. His experience as in-house counsel is sought out by clients who value his ability to recognize their specific requirements and then assess the talent to match. Clients have entrusted Ryan to place an array of senior legal posts, including general counsel, chief legal officer, chief compliance officer, and chief IP counsel within a variety of industries and sectors. He also handles searches for lawyers and non-lawyers in legal operations and compliance functions.
Ryan and his wife, a concert violinist turned CFP®, reside in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago where they enjoy giving back to the arts and sciences, exploring the city's fine (and not-so-fine) dining scenes and persisting (in vain) to convince their labrador retriever to admit that he's not a real boy.
Ryan's legal career before becoming an executive recruiter included tenure in large law firms and the in-house legal departments of a $20 billion foodservice company and a publicly traded real estate investment trust. During his time in private practice and on the corporate side, Ryan worked with executive recruiters (including Major, Lindsey & Africa) as a client as well as a candidate, and he brings this unique perspective—both hiring manager and hopeful applicant—to each client engagement.
Some of Ryan's in-house placements include:
- The Boeing Company
- Cardinal Health
- Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
- General Motors Co.
- Great Lakes Dredge & Dock
- Johnson Controls
- Kindred Healthcare
- Teachers Credit Union
Cornell Law School: J.D.
Editorial Board, Cornell International Law Journal
Michigan State University, James Madison College: B.A., with honor
Phi Beta Kappa
Admitted to the Bar in Illinois (inactive status)
National Asian Pacific American Bar Association