Kate Reder Sheikh is a Partner in our Associate Practice Group covering the San Francisco Bay Area and Colorado. Before becoming a recruiter, Kate was a litigator in San Francisco for almost a decade. She is now a thought leader about the business of the law, and a frequent contributor to The American Lawyer and Law360. Kate is regularly the highest performing associate recruiter at Major, Lindsey & Africa globally. She was named a partner after 4 years with MLA, among the fastest in company history.

Kate spent three years as an ex-pat in Singapore and London before returning to the Bay Area in late 2017. She lives near Golden Gate Park with her husband and two small kids. Kate is an avid reader and hiker. She’d love to swap notes about Russian literature, college basketball, true crime podcasts, and a feminist perspective on the Bachelor franchise.

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Prior to joining Major, Lindsey & Africa, Kate was the managing director of a legal recruiting business in London, placing candidates in the UK, the U.S. and the Middle East. Before moving into recruiting, Kate was of Counsel at a San Francisco boutique firm.

University of North Carolina School of Law: J.D.

Wesleyan University: B.A., English

I can't say enough positive things about Kate. By leveraging her expertise of the Bay Area legal market and effortless ability to find the right firm for her candidates, I was able to move from a small firm to an AmLaw 50 firm. She's an active listener and understands what you want out of your job search -- she's not just hitting send on as many applications as possible (I can't say the same about a lot of recruiters I've worked with). And once she's in your corner, you've got a fierce advocate who you can trust. She is thorough with her job searches and isn't afraid to give you the good, bad, and ugly throughout the process. Notably, as a diverse candidate, I felt supported and found Kate to be genuinely interested in finding the right fit for me. Kate is a true ally. She's simply the best! – An associate at am AmLaw 50 firm.

Kate is a wonderful human being, and an even better recruiter. I connected with Kate at a point in my career when I felt lost. She listened to me when I explained what I was looking for, and she found the perfect fit. Now, I feel like my career has been revitalized. I could not have done this without her. If you're looking for a change in your career, Kate can help! Highly recommend! – An associate at an employment boutique

No one is better equipped to place candidates in the Bay Area legal market than Kate. With deep roots in San Francisco, a background as an elite practicing attorney, and years of experience interfacing with all of the top law firms, she is the person you want on your team if you are an attorney considering a career change, or if you are a law firm looking to source the right candidates for a position. You will find that Kate is a true partner who listens and adapts to input, and that she gives clear and actionable advice during what can be a stressful and fast-moving process. Absolute star. – A counsel at an AMLaw50 firm

I would HIGHLY recommend Kate to anyone looking to make a lateral move in the Bay Area. I first spoke to Kate over a year before I actually made the decision to leave my firm, and she is a wonderful person on top of being an excellent recruiter. I spoke to several other recruiters over that year, but knew almost instantly that I would be working with Kate, which turned out to be a phenomenal decision. She was frequently in touch even before I decided to make the change, and once I decided to actively pursue new opportunities she worked quickly and made herself available to answer my questions, including late at night and during weekends. – An associate at an AmLaw20 firm.

Some of Kate's selected placements are:
  • Cooley
  • Fenwick & West
  • Freshfields
  • Latham & Watkins
  • Kirkland & Ellis
  • Sidley Austin
  • Mayer Brown
  • Gibson Dunn & Crutcher
  • Covington & Burling
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Morrison & Foerster
  • Farella Braun + Martel
  • Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass
  • Shearman & Sterling
  • Baker McKenzie
  • Manatt
  • Allen Matkins
  • Alston & Bird
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