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James Lee is a Managing Director on our In-House Counsel Recruiting team and is based in the New York office. He focuses on placing general counsel, in-house counsel and senior compliance professionals into global, national and regional companies. He has experience working with companies in many different industries, including financial services, technology, consumer products, industrials, insurance and entertainment.

James also conducts high-level legal searches for impact investing firms and has been helping companies and law firms develop their ESG practices and initiatives through strategic hires.

James grew up in NYC and spent several years in Seoul and London prior to his legal recruiting career. He resides in Westchester with his wife, two kids and their Corgi. He is a tortured Mets, Knicks and Giants fan.

Prior to joining Major, Lindsey & Africa, James spent more than 12 years at several legal recruiting firms in New York, successfully placing senior and executive-level candidates into in-house roles across a variety of industries as well as attorneys across all levels in AmLaw 100, mid-size and boutique law firms.

Fordham University School of Law: J.D.

Binghamton University: B.A.

James has made a variety of placements throughout his career, including:

  • William Blair & Co., General Counsel
  • Ark Invest, General Counsel
  • Engine No. 1, General Counsel
  • First Manhattan Co., CCO
  • Harvest Partners, General Counsel and CCO
  • Bridgewater Associates, Deputy CCO
  • Comtech Telecommunications, Chief Trade Compliance Officer
  • NielsenIQ, GC Corporate
  • NYDIG, Chief Anti-Money Laundering Officer
  • Unilever North America, General Counsel
  • ING Americas, CCO
  • QBE Americas, General Counsel and SVP - Program Business and Reinsurance
  • Goldman Sachs, Associate General Counsel and VP - Political Law & Government Affairs
  • Royal Bank of Scotland, Managing Director – Bank Regulatory
  • HBO, Senior Counsel - Legal Affairs
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