Sarah Hardgrove Koleno, Former Jenner & Block Partner and Entrepreneur, Joins Major, Lindsey & Africa

Hanover, MD (March 4, 2020) — Major, Lindsey & Africa (MLA), the world’s leading legal search firm, today announced that Sarah Hardgrove Koleno has joined as a managing director in the Partner Practice Group, based in the firm’s Chicago office. Sarah counsels law firms and partners to help them better navigate the lateral market and identify opportunities for growth and strategic advancement.

“We are thrilled Sarah decided to join the Chicago Partner Practice group,” said Laurie Caplane, senior executive director and managing partner of Law Firm Partner Search. “Sarah brings a unique perspective to legal recruiting having been both a law firm partner and start-up entrepreneur. We are excited that our partner candidates and law firm clients will benefit from her experience.”

Sarah started her career at Jenner & Block in Chicago and practiced law there for 18 years. As a litigation partner, she handled complex commercial litigation and white-collar matters. She conducted internal investigations and assisted major clients with corporate compliance programs and counseling.

In 2015, Sarah followed her entrepreneurial passion and launched KRa Drinks for Athletes, Inc, an organic sports drink start-up. As the CEO and co-founder, Sarah worked with her founding team to create the vision and direction for all aspects of the operations and to achieve nationwide distribution.

"As a former law firm partner and entrepreneur, I understand the various pressures on attorneys as they strive to achieve their career goals and find the best platform to build and grow their practices," said Sarah. "I am excited to counsel attorneys on their careers and serve as a strategic advisor to law firms in my role with Major, Lindsey & Africa."

Sarah earned her J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law and her B.S. from the University of Illinois College of Business.

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