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Expanding Our Capabilities in New York: Annie Berger Joins JJES

Jenn Scalzi

J. Johnson Executive Search (JJES), a global executive search firm focused on highly-targeted marketing, communications and business development searches for law firms, is pleased to announce expansion of its New York presence with the addition of Annie Berger to its growing team already in place in New York, Boston and Chicago.

Prior to joining JJES, Annie, a ten-year veteran of professional services marketing, spent more than six years at an AmLaw 20 firm in a marketing leadership role driving business development for the firm’s Business and Finance Practice. Her responsibilities included managing practice group and cross-practice client pitches and RFP responses; planning and implementing turnkey client events; leading firm wide initiatives such as key client teams and industry initiatives; marketing communications; and personnel recruitment and management. Earlier in her career, she worked at Sedgwick LLP, an international litigation and business firm.

“Annie brings a wealth of experience to the role having supported one of the signature practice areas of a prestigious global law firm. She will be instrumental in guiding our clients to build the next generation of marketing departments inside law firms,” said Jennifer Scalzi, president and founder of JJES. “As firms have invested in their marketing and business development teams at the executive level, they are now addressing the need for their support and delivery systems. Law firms need search professionals who can identify the right kind of strategic contributors to deliver data-driven insights, curated content and solutions that will resonate with their firm’s clients. Annie understands how law firm management defines success, and her experience managing teams focused on meeting firm objectives will be invaluable in developing quality candidate relationships.”

Annie will focus her attention on both executive and mid-level searches, including the placement of strategic, specialized roles in areas such as RFP coordination, creative services, marketing technology, communications, public relations, event planning and others. Her deep law firm experience gives her direct insight into how candidates can excel in the professional services environment. “My career in legal marketing has been intellectually stimulating and results-driven, and I have been fortunate to have worked at innovative firms with top-notch marketing and business development teams,” Berger said. “Now I can take the insights from my former roles and use them to build worldclass teams for JJES clients.”

Annie is an active member of the Metro New York Chapter of the Legal Marketing Association. Outside of legal marketing, Annie volunteers with the Crime Victim’s Treatment Center, the largest and most comprehensive hospital-based domestic violence victim assistance program in New York State. Annie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bucknell University and resides in New York City.