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Client Testimonials

Client Testimonials

The best way to understand the quality of our work and the candidates we present is to hear it directly from our clients.

I recommend Jennifer to anyone interested in not only identifying talent, but candidates who can exceed reasonable expectations for senior marketing positions at any law firm.
— Ben Wilson, Managing Principal at Beveridge & Diamond
I am delighted to highly recommend J. Johnson Executive Search as an absolute market leader in legal services business development and marketing search and recruitment. JJES has handled a number of critical (and often difficult) recruitment searches for me over the past year and have done an exceptional job. Always able to source first class candidates, I have been very impressed by the professionalism, US and global market knowledge, responsiveness, and commercial acumen displayed by everyone I have worked with at JJES. Just first class.
— David McClune, CMO at Shearman & Sterling
Kate is responsive, caring, honest and worked diligently on my behalf. She did a fabulous job and I would highly recommend her for your job search.
— Cory Cullen, Senior Manager, Business Development at Reed Smith
As Office Administrator of Dentons’ Brussels office, I have been working with Carol Crawford for more than 8 years. I have always enjoyed interacting with her and was very impressed by Carol’s skills and talents, and particularly her understanding of the business needs and international culture and Belgian hiring practices which are sometimes very different than in the US. Carol was always happy to learn about these differences. She is not only a highly qualified professional but most importantly she has a solid and good judgement on people and a high level of integrity.
— Dominique Cornil, Office Administrator, Dentons’ Brussels office
Stephanie Owens is a game-changing leader in the U.S. law firm HR world. I’ve had the privilege and joy of working with her on a variety of projects over the course of a decade, and can say wholeheartedly that she is one of the most professional, competent, highest energy and positive human resources executives I’ve ever worked with. Whether defining needs, scoping projects, reporting, working on or with a team, or even presenting to a senior group of worldwide executives on a critical topic, Stephanie knocks it out of the ballpark. As someone who’s been in HR executive search and consulting since the mid 1990’s and whose expertise is elevating HR functions and their leaders, I’m excited to see Stephanie enter the next logical phase of her career: bringing her deep knowledge of the workings of law firms and her selection expertise to a legal-focused search firm.
— Valerie Frederickson, Founder and CEO, Frederickson Pribula & Li
Stephanie Owens brings a unique and highly desirable blend of expertise to the Human Resources profession. Specifically, Stephanie is a senior HR thought leader who both understands the full body of knowledge of HR and combines it with rare leadership competencies that made her a top performer in the law firm sector.

At DLA Piper, Stephanie was the go-to professional for the firm’s most complex and challenging employee relations issues. No matter the task, Stephanie handled it with professionalism, rigor and sensitivity. Stephanie also understands that true leadership is about identifying high-potential talent and providing them with the mentoring and experiences they need to grow.

I had the privilege of being Stephanie’s HR colleague for almost 8 years. Stephanie’s talent, high emotional intelligence and integrity not only made an impact on her team but made me a better HR professional.
— Clarissa A. Peterson, Chief Human Resources & Ethics Officer, Abt Associates, Former Chief Human Resources Officer, DLA Piper
Carol’s experience serving as the Chief Human Resources Officer of a major U.S. law firm has provided her with an intimate knowledge of the inner workings of law firms. She has proven that she understands how to work effectively with partners, staff and business professionals alike. She is highly respected for her insight, wisdom and HR leadership by her peers and co-workers.
— S. Dan Anderson, Chief Operating Officer, Dentons US LLP
Throughout my 30+ years in senior management I have engaged the services of many executive search firms; I never worked more effectively, efficiently or productively with anyone as I have with Jennifer. Her knowledge of the competitive landscape, her ability to target and attract candidates in a timely manner and her judgment regarding ‘best fit’ was spot on.
— Nick Tortorella, Executive Director at Kramer Levin
JJES did a great job sourcing on-point candidates and saved me an unbelievable amount of time. I am very pleased with the outcome.
— Lisa Simon, Chief Client Development Officer at Lathrop & Gage
JJES is at the top of their field! They know the legal marketing arena better than anyone I’ve met in my eight years hiring for law firms.
— Lori Kennedy, Manager, Talent Acquisition at Venable LLP
Carol brings a balanced perspective of both the business and people issues to her leadership. She seeks to do what is best for the organization and ensure that the people are cared for in the process. She listens to differing views, objectively weighs the options and consequences, and is creative in finding solutions.
— David M. Ivey, Counsel, Dentons US LLP
JJES only sends through quality matches and provides valuable insight and knowledge along the way.
— Christa Crane, Chief Client Development & Marketing Officer at Loeb & Loeb
Carol Crawford is the epitome of professionalism and is well-respected by law firm leaders and staff. She has in-depth knowledge of the legal industry and understands the needs of law firms for genuine leadership in a variety of executive business support roles. Carol understands and appreciates that while there are similarities among law firms, each has its own unique culture. Knowing that it’s not “one size fits all” is essential to finding the right fit for the long-term success of both candidates and law firms.
I had the pleasure of working with Carol for nearly 15 years and can attest to her well-developed listening skills, responsiveness and her high level of emotional intelligence
— Patti Lane, Director of Human Resources @ Hooper, Lundy & Bookman, P.C.
I have had the pleasure of working with Stephanie for nearly 30 years. In any organization it is imperative to have the most capable colleagues in the role of Human Resources Director. Stephanie was consistently my “go to” colleague for anything that needed the most critical thinking, and a calm voice of reason to professionally lead the organization on any important initiative.

Stephanie has a unique, and always appropriate, sense of humor and is a pleasure to work with. She is a thought leader, team builder and demonstrated a level of compassion and professionalism that was unparalleled. I am confident Stephanie will be an effective leader and an asset to any organization that is fortunate enough to have her on their team.
— J. Terence O’Malley, Esq. Chairman Emeritus, DLA Piper