Sharla Toller Managing Director

Sharla Toller


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Each search and every client is important to me and I go above and beyond to get the job done (and get it done right). When executing a search, I get to know the client’s culture and discern what qualities are needed to make the right substantive skill set and cultural fit. I am also a champion for diversity and a true believer in providing each client with a diverse slate of candidates. I enjoy making clients happy and getting the right fit for the job. That makes me happy and is a large part of my motivation.

Sharla C. Toller is a Managing Director in our In-House Practice Group, based in Washington, D.C. She specializes in placing attorneys at all levels within corporate legal departments nationwide, with a focus on the higher education sector and in diversity recruiting. She gives her all to each search she undertakes, only presenting candidates that match the qualifications and cultural fit to her client. Sharla is very active within Major, Lindsey & Africa, co-founding the MLA African American Washington, D.C., Area Networking Dinner series. She is also a member of the firm's Diversity Council.

Sharla enjoys traveling, cooking and spending time with friends and family.


Prior to joining Major, Lindsey & Africa, Sharla was a practicing attorney. She began her legal career as a general civil litigator at a mid-sized law firm in Roanoke, Virginia.  She went on to practice insurance defense litigation as an associate at Troutman Sanders in Washington, D.C.

Sharla serves on the board of the Oliver White Hill Foundation, where she is the co-chair of the summer internship committee. In this role, she has recruited and placed several law school students in summer internships at different civil rights organizations in Washington, D.C. She is also an advocate for diversity and inclusion issues and recently published "The Call to Action Ten Years Later: A Look at the Effects on Retention of Women and Racial Minorities at Law Firms" with the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession ("IILP"). She has spoken on various diversity topics across the country with the IILP and also at the Minority Corporate Counsel Association's annual diversity conference.


Notable placement and search highlights for Sharla include in-house counsel positions for:

  • Howard University
  • DC Water
  • George Washington University, Medical Faculty Associates
  • National Student Clearinghouse
  • Smiths Group
  • Sallie Mae
  • Vista Outdoors
  • Beckman Coulter
  • U.S. Steel


Howard University School of Law: J.D.

Senior Articles Editor, Howard Law Journal

Georgetown University: M.P.S. in Human Resource Management, concentration in Diversity and Inclusion

University of Virginia: B.A., Government


National Bar Association

Oliver White Hill Foundation, Board Member