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Jon Lindsey

Major, Lindsey & Africa
Managing Partner, New York
New York, NY, USA

is the co-founder and Managing Partner of the New York office of Major, Lindsey & Africa, voted the “best legal search firm in the United States” in the most recent national survey conducted by Euromoney’s WorldLaw Business magazine.  Along with four of his MLA partners, he was recently named as one of LawDragon’s “100 Legal Consultants You Need to Know.”

Over the past nineteen years Jon has placed scores of partners and practice groups at some of the world’s top law firms (ranging from global powerhouses such as Paul Weiss, Latham & Watkins, Gibson Dunn, and Freshfields to highly profitable three-partner boutiques), conducted successful searches for General Counsels at corporations around the U.S., and assisted firms in merger and branch office acquisitions. As the former Co-Chair of MLA’s Partner Practice Group, Jon helped to set strategy and coordinate the partner practice for the firm’s 21 domestic and international offices. The practice group has more than a century of combined legal search experience and has placed hundreds of partners with more than 80 different law firms.

He earned his B.A. with honors from Wesleyan University and his J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was Managing Editor of the Columbia Law Review and a three-time Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. After clerking for the Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, he practiced with Debevoise & Plimpton, as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York, and as Deputy Counsel to the Department of City Planning and Counsel to the Chairman of New York City’s Planning Commission.

Jon is the co-author of “Managing People In Today’s Law Firm” (Quorum Books, 1995), and author of “Lateral Partner Satisfaction: A Decade of Perspective” (New York, 2007) and numerous articles for The American Lawyer, Corporate Counsel Magazine, The National Law Journal, New York Law Journal, International Financial Law Review and others. He has been invited to speak by the American Management Association, the Federal Bar Council, the Association of General Counsel, Practising Law Institute and others, on topics ranging from innovative law firm retention and compensation policies to best practices in staffing the global law department.

Jon is a member of the Board of Editors of American Lawyer Media’s Law Firm Partnership and Benefits Report and serves on the Board of Trustees of The Spence School and its Executive Committee. He has also served as a Trustee of the Citizens Budget Commission of the City of New York, on the Small Law Firm Management Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, as an adjunct professor at New York Law School, and as a member of the Executive Committee of Trinity School’s Alumni Society. He and his wife Alex have been closely involved with the St. Aloysius School in Central Harlem since 1995.


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