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Jay Kim is a Partner in our In-House Counsel Practice, based in the San Francisco office. She focuses on identifying the best candidates for a wide range of positions from general counsel and AGC/DGCs to compliance and intellectual property roles in organizations from startups to F500 companies.  Living in the Bay Area (since 1989), Jay has developed a particular expertise in the needs of the life sciences and technology industries-- knowing how to zero in on the right candidates from a select nationwide pool. Her dedication to engraining herself in her client’s culture and her true commitment to finding the best person for their teams results in long-term matches that thrive within even the most unique environments.

Jay has a deep passion and understanding for diversity. She is a member of our In-House Diversity & Inclusion Committee, a group of talented recruiters dedicated to attracting, developing and retaining diverse talent for our clients and our own organization. She counsels her clients on the importance of building a diverse team and, in turn, endeavors to submit a diverse slate for every search. Jay is also a regular speaker and contributor to several diversity organizations, not only sharing her experience but also providing guidance and support to members to help them find career-success and fulfillment.  Since joining MLA in April of 2011, the majority of her placements have been diversity candidates.

Jay was born and raised in Korea. She is passionate about food, especially fusion food involving kimchi. She can be found taking advantage of the lively culinary scene in the Bay Area and beyond, from dives to Michelins. To balance her love of food, she enjoys yoga.

Jay started her legal career working as a litigator for five years at Gordon & Rees as an associate and with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals as a legal affairs staff attorney. After practicing law, she opened a small business and explored her creative side in music and fashion while traveling extensively. She then moved into recruiting at another global search firm before joining Major, Lindsey & Africa.

Jay’s experience as a practicing lawyer and legal recruiter has made her very knowledgeable about lawyers, their motivations and their transferrable skills. This understanding of people in the profession allows her to immerse herself into every search, learning all she can about the industry and business dynamics to pair the right personalities and skill sets with a role.

University of California, Hastings College of the Law: J.D.

San Francisco State University: B.A., magna cum laude

Phi Beta Kappa

Jay's client list includes companies in:

  • Technology (Uber Technologies*, Square Inc., The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Telenav)
  • Life sciences/healthcare (Agilent, Amyris*, CytomX*, Cytokinetics, Portola Pharma, Prothena*, Revance Therapeutics, Varian Medical Systems*, Zymergen*)
  • Retail (Gap, Inc., BevMo!, PetSmart)
  • Private equity backed start-ups and companies

Jay has also successfully partnered with our Asia office on a general counsel search for a NYSE-listed technology company in Seoul, Korea, and worked closely with Infosys headquarters in Bangalore, India, to place their general counsel in Silicon Valley.

*Denotes multiple searches.

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  • Minority Corporate Counsel Association
  • Korean American Bar Association
  • Asian American Bar Association
  • NAPABA
  • Supporter of the Bay Area Asian American GCs Group and the Women’s General Counsel Network

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