Kate Reder Sheikh is a Managing Director in our Associate Practice Group. She covers San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Her focus is on providing a concierge level of service to associates and clients alike. Leveraging her background as a litigator in San Francisco, Kate has unparalleled access to roles and firms in the Northern California market.
Kate is an avid traveler—she and her husband have been to 27 countries together since 2011. A San Francisco native, Kate spent three years as an ex-pat in Singapore and London before returning to the Bay Area in 2017. Kate lives near Golden Gate Park with her husband and two small kids.
Prior to joining Major, Lindsey & Africa, Kate was the managing director of a legal recruitment business in London, placing candidates in the UK, the U.S. and the Middle East. Before moving into recruitment, Kate practiced law with several boutique firms in San Francisco.
University of North Carolina School of Law: J.D.
Wesleyan University: B.A., English
“I can say unequivocally that working with Kate is one of the best decisions I've ever made. Kate connected with me last year when I was still in my first year of practicing law, and at the time, I had no clue what caliber of recruiter and person I'd just connected with. Kate's LinkedIn posts about recruiting and the state of the lateral market blew me away, and when I knew the time was right, I reached out with a particular moonshot firm/position in mind. She didn't flinch; she was just determined to make it happen. I'll soon be starting work at that moonshot job and that wouldn't be possible without Kate.” – Associate at Covington & Burling
"Kate is incredibly thoughtful, engaging, and candidate-centric with her approach driven by your short- and long-term career goals as well as your personal/family considerations. What sets Kate apart is her absolute candor and her willingness to take time to understand your current career/personal dynamics and what you value in your next step. In doing so, Kate establishes trust as the foundation upon which you’ll work together to develop a plan, consider different options and perspectives, and talk through all the what-ifs. Above all, I most admire Kate’s unwillingness to compromise on her candidate-centric approach. Rather than assumptions and predetermined judgments, Kate listens intently then leverages her immense experience and network while advocating fiercely on your behalf." – Associate at Cooley
“Kate is a dream to work with. This whole process can be incredibly stressful. There isn't a guidebook for ‘how to lateral to a new firm’ and that unknown can spark a lot of fear and doubt. Enter: Kate. She's an incredible advocate. She really listens to what you are looking for. She's not afraid to push back to make sure you've thought about all your options, but isn't going to suggest something that is a bad fit. She takes care of each associate as an individual and not someone to throw at the same 15 job listings. She's also a real pro at the process. Working with her on my resume, picking firms, interviews, etc., was a dream. I wholeheartedly recommend Kate to anyone looking to make a transition.” – Litigator at Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass