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Amber Shockey is a Managing Director in our In-House Counsel Practice. She leads searches for general counsel, in-house counsel, privacy and cybersecurity officers, and compliance officers for national and international corporations (public and private), asset management firms, and alternative asset managers (including hedge funds, private equity firms, and family offices).  She also advises her clients on legal department staffing and retention matters, establishing herself as a true business partner who shares her depth of market expertise to further the best interest of her clients.  Leaning on our extensive service offerings, including interim, retained legal and C-suite executive search, and consulting services, Amber helps her clients identify the best solution for their legal department

Based in our New York City office, Amber has a diverse and varied eighteen-year recruiting career. Before moving to the New York metro area in 2021, Amber led our Dallas in-house practice, supporting a robust client base of Fortune 500 companies, asset managers, and private equity-owned companies. She also serves as one of MLA’s energy industry experts and has handled more than 150 searches for energy companies based in Texas, Oklahoma, and nationwide. Her move back to Connecticut has allowed her to bring her same sense of detail and passion to searches in the financial industry and public companies in the Northeast. She also uses her dual-market expertise to advise clients and candidates considering roles in each location on strategies to attract talent and the complexities of relocation.    

In her spare time, Amber enjoys spending time with her husband, three daughters, and Winnie (their chocolate lab); skiing; paddle boarding; playing tennis; practicing yoga; and entertaining friends.

Amber is a former practicing lawyer who brings five years of sophisticated law firm and energy industry experience to her executive search practice. Prior to joining Major, Lindsey & Africa in 2018, Amber worked with a prestigious Texas legal recruiting firm, which was ultimately sold (2005–2010), and she operated her own recruiting firm serving corporate clients throughout Texas (2010–2017).

Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law: J.D., cum laude

University of Oklahoma: B.B.A., Finance

Amber has performed many complex searches for general counsel and other high-level legal roles within Fortune 500 and PE-backed portfolio companies across all industries, and many of her clients have relied on her to build out their legal departments over time. Highlights include:

  • General Counsel, Fortune 100 refining company
  • General Counsel, CPG company
  • General Counsel, P/E-backed infrastructure company
  • General Counsel, international E&P company
  • General Counsel, various P/E-backed portfolio companies, including technology, energy and franchise companies
  • Chief Compliance Officers/Deputy Chief Compliance Officers, private equity firms, energy/energy service companies, medical device corporations, pharmaceutical corporations and manufacturing companies
  • AGCs, midstream, upstream and downstream companies
  • M&A and fund formation counsel, private equity firms and hedge funds
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  • National Charity League, Dallas chapter, Member
  • Junior League of Dallas, Former Member
  • Lakewood Elementary PTA, Board Member
  • Women’s Energy Network, Founding Board Member of North Texas Chapter
  • Texas General Counsel Forum, Former Representative Board Member
  • National Association of Legal Search Consultants, Former Board Member

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