Up and Comers Under 40 Q&A - Summer Eberhard


Name: Summer Eberhard
Astrological Sign: Pisces
Year Joined Major, Lindsey & Africa: 2014


What attracted you to Major, Lindsey & Africa?

Having been a recruiter for a couple of years before joining, I was familiar with MLA’s reputation in the legal market. Not only is MLA the most prestigious legal recruiting firm in the world, but it also is uniquely positioned to offer insights into the legal market that is second to none. It was the only search firm that focused more on the expertise that it could offer candidates and clients and not just moving attorneys from one place to another. It was also very clear that MLA operated with a level of ethical standards to always do right by the attorneys they work with.

What is the best part of your job?

Helping lawyers find joy in what they do is the best part of my job. Attorneys spend more time in their job than they do in any other area of their lives and making sure it is the right fit has a huge impact on their life. Helping an attorney make a transition is an enormous responsibility and I have had the honor of changing the lives of hundreds of attorneys throughout my career – this is why I love what I do.

What is the most surprising part of being a recruiter?

The most surprising part of being a recruiter is that it is not about moving people from one firm to another. The role we play is so much more than that. It is about building relationships with the attorneys that I work with and ultimately, helping them meet the goals that they set out for themselves.

How would you describe your career in 5 words or less?

Lucky to have found it.

Describe one of your successes thus far at Major, Lindsey & Africa.

There are so many. I have helped reunite families from across the world, given someone the ability to pay off their student loans with a signing bonus, and provided the opportunity to work at a firm that offers a better work-life balance. Most of the transitions I have facilitated have an amazing story behind them.

What advice would you give to someone considering becoming a recruiter?

I would advise that the best way to do this job is to always do right by people. Recruiters have a reputation for being transactional and to place attorneys wherever they can but this will make for a short career. The most successful recruiters are experts in the industry but more importantly, love to help people find joy in what they do.

If you weren’t a lawyer or a recruiter, what career would you have had?

In another life, I would have been a singer.

What is on your bucket list?

To go to the most beautiful places in the world. 


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