Sarah Van Steenburg Managing Director

Sarah Van Steenburg

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I believe in using a holistic approach when working with candidates. Understanding their dreams and aspirations helps inform my strategy for providing the most effective career advice and guidance.

Sarah Van Steenburg is a Managing Director in our Washington, D.C., office. She has extensive experience placing law firm associates, counsel, senior government lawyers and partners in global and national law firms.

Sarah is a strong advocate for diversity within the profession and workplace. She was a founding member of our Diversity Council and regularly speaks at law schools and local and national recruiting organizations on this topic and other areas affecting the legal industry.

Sarah splits her time between a farmette outside of Charlottesville, Virginia, and the Cleveland Park neighborhood of Washington, D.C. She has a passion for yoga, being outside and anything creative. She writes, paints and, along with her two rescue pups, fosters dogs in her spare time.


Sarah has advised, coached, recruited and placed top talent within the legal sector for almost 15 years. Following a brief stint at a law firm, she fell into legal recruiting and enjoys the challenges and rewards of helping attorneys build their careers one opportunity at a time. She has worked in all facets of this sector from staffing to in-house to permanent placement and has been both a client and a vendor in the hiring process. This comprehensive experience allows Sarah to acutely understand the interests and concerns on both sides of the hiring equation. She is a cheerleader, therapist, trusted advisor and straight-talk advocate for both her candidates and clients forging strong relationships across the market that she leverages to create positive, long-lasting outcomes.


Sarah's clients are primarily law firms in the AmLaw 200 and high-end legal boutiques. She has placed attorneys within law firms and in-house, both nationally and internationally.


University of Virginia School of Law: J.D.

Georgetown University: B.S.F.S.


Sarah is the founder and director of a networking and relationship-building organization for mid-career women of color in the law.