Leading Legal Search Firm, Major, Lindsey & Africa Announces Four New Partners

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Major, Lindsey & Africa today announced that Pamela DiCarlantonio (Chicago), Michelle Fivel (Southern California) Laurie Lebrun (Tokyo) and Michael Sachs (Chicago) have been named Partners.

Being named a Partner is a considerable accomplishment at MLA. Along with being incredible legal recruiters and well-respected by their colleagues firm-wide, Pam, Michelle, Laurie and Mike are MLA ambassadors and invaluable team players.

Leading Legal Search Firm, Major, Lindsey & Africa Announces Four New Partners

Achieving Partner Signifies Value & Commitment to Continued Success

Major, Lindsey & Africa (MLA), the world’s leading legal search firm, today announced that Pamela DiCarlantonio (Chicago), Michelle Fivel (Southern California) Laurie Lebrun (Tokyo) and Michael Sachs (Chicago) have been named Partners.

“Being named a Partner is a considerable accomplishment at Major, Lindsey & Africa,” said Simon Robinson, President of MLA. “Along with being incredible legal recruiters and well-respected by their colleagues firm-wide, Pam, Michelle, Laurie and Mike are MLA ambassadors and invaluable team players. I am extremely pleased to recognize them as Partners.”

Pamela DiCarlantonio is a Partner with MLA’s Chicago office and a member of the Partner Practice Group. She has substantial experience placing partners and groups into top global, national, regional and local law firms in Chicago and other cities. Pam’s practice involves representing partners considering a change and connecting them with law firms that provide the right platform and strategic fit. Pam offers candidates a unique perspective having practiced law in different law firm environments and having been represented twice in her own career by capable recruiters. A former litigator, Pam began her legal career with Bickel & Brewer, a commercial litigation boutique in Dallas, followed by four years as a litigation associate in Jenner & Block’s Chicago office and nearly five years with Sugar, Friedberg & Felsenthal, also in Chicago. As an attorney Pam gained significant trial experience in a wide range of complex commercial, bankruptcy and intellectual property litigation matters in state and federal court. One of her most rewarding experiences was obtaining an acquittal on behalf of a client accused of first degree murder after a weeklong jury trial.
*Pam can be reached at (312) 896-8554 and pdicarlantonio(at)mlaglobal(dot)com. Her full bio is online at http://www.mlaglobal.com/legal-search/recruiterlist/pamela-s-dicarlantonio.

Michelle Fivel is a Partner with MLA’s Los Angeles office in the Associate Practice Group. She successfully places partners and associates in top-tier international, national, regional and boutique law firms as well as prominent corporations. Michelle is regularly called upon by clients to provide counsel and advice regarding the lateral market, and she regularly counsels attorneys to assist them to achieve their career goals. Prior to MLA, Michelle earned five years of experience as a bankruptcy associate most recently in the Los Angeles office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. She also worked as an associate in the New York offices of Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP and Jones Day. While practicing, Michelle focused on all aspects of corporate bankruptcy law and bankruptcy litigation. Michelle earned her B.A. in sociology from the State University of New York at Geneseo and her J.D., magna cum laude, from Albany Law School of Union University. She was a note and comment editor for the Albany Law Review and completed externships for the United States Attorney’s Office, as well as for the Honorable Robert E. Littlefield, Jr., U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, for the Northern District of New York.
*Michelle can be reached at (213) 689-0709 and mfivel(at)mlaglobal(dot)com. Her full bio is online at http://www.mlaglobal.com/legal-search/recruiterlist/michelle-l-fivel.

Laurie Lebrun is a Partner in MLA’s Japan office which she established in 2007, and she works in the In-House and Law Firm Practices. Based in Tokyo, Laurie is actively engaged in private practice and in-house placements in both Japan and Korea. Laurie specializes in placing partners and associates in international law firms in Tokyo, whether it is their first time living in Japan or they are looking to move laterally within the market. In addition to private practice work, Laurie places in-house counsel within the Tokyo market. In conjunction with the ongoing liberalization of the South Korean legal market, Laurie also focuses on the hiring needs of MLA clients in Seoul. Laurie has devoted substantial time to becoming an expert in this new market, by understanding the regulatory framework and developing relationships with key Korean practice lawyers, both in law firms and in-house positions. A New York qualified lawyer, Laurie practiced for more than five years in the New York and Tokyo offices of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton as a securities and mergers and acquisitions lawyer at which time she was involved in transactions in Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Thailand, the Philippines and throughout the U.S. Laurie received her B.A. in international politics from Columbia University, her M.S.F.S. in international business diplomacy from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and her J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center. Following law school, she was a judicial clerk for one year for Chancellor William T. Allen of the Delaware Court of Chancery.
*Laurie can be reached at (813) 6904-1030 and llebrun(at)mlaglobal(dot)com. Her full bio is online at http://www.mlaglobal.com/legal-search/recruiterlist/laurie-lebrun.

Michael Sachs is a Partner in the Chicago office and a member of the In-House Practice Group. He specializes in placing lawyers at all levels – from junior counsel to General Counsels – in corporate legal departments in a wide range of industries and locations. Some recent placements have included: (i) the Vice President and General Counsel for the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor; (ii) the Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Trustmark Companies, a Chicago-based health insurance company; (iii) the Executive Vice President and General Counsel for FTD Companies, Inc., a Chicago-based floral product and services company; (iv) an Associate General Counsel for Hyatt Corporation, in Chicago; and (iv) a lead Intellectual Property Litigation attorney for Sandoz, in Princeton, New Jersey. Throughout his career, Mike has performed legal searches in numerous industries, including medical devices, higher education, health care, financial services, food & beverage, consumer products, manufacturing, insurance, hospitality, and biotechnology. Mike is a Chicago native and graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in broadcast journalism in 1995. Subsequently, Mike earned his law degree from the University of Michigan in 1998, where he was Symposium Editor for the Journal of Law Reform. Prior to MLA, Mike was in-house media counsel for NBC Universal, where his primary responsibility was managing legal issues involving syndicated television talk shows. Mike also worked for more than seven years as a litigation and intellectual property associate at Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP, where he specialized in insurance coverage and insurance class action matters, trademark and media defense cases, and numerous other types of commercial disputes.
*Mike can be reached at (312) 896-8566 and msachs(at)mlaglobal(dot)com. His full bio is online at http://www.mlaglobal.com/legal-search/recruiterlist/michael-b-sachs.

About Major, Lindsey & Africa
Founded in 1982, Major, Lindsey & Africa (MLA) is the world's largest and most experienced legal search firm. Combining local market knowledge and a global recruiting network, MLA has earned recognition for its track record of successful General Counsel, Corporate Counsel, Partner, Associate and Law Firm Management placements. MLA also provides law firms and companies with highly-specialized legal professionals on project, interim and temporary-to-permanent hire basis. Committed to providing full service in response to the talent needs of its clients, MLA also provides executive search services through its affiliate, Allegis Partners. With offices throughout the U.S., Hong Kong, London and Tokyo, MLA recruiters are dedicated to understanding and meeting client and candidate needs while maintaining the highest degree of professionalism and confidentiality. MLA considers every search a diversity search and has been committed to diversity in the law since its inception. For these reasons, MLA was voted "Best Legal Recruiter" by readers of The National Law Journal. To learn more about MLA, visit http://www.mlaglobal.com. To learn more about Allegis Partners, visit http://www.allegis-partners.com.


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