Legal Staffing & Recruiting Consultants

Major Legal Services has provided high quality specialized legal recruiting and placement services since 1989. With more than 50 years of combined experience in the legal and recruiting industries, MLS provides our clients with unique and consultative recruiting and placement services.

Our team of legal professionals has worked in private law practice serving Fortune 500 and mid-size companies, non-profit organizations and governmental entities, as well as handling recruiting and hiring for major national law firms. As a result, we understand the demands and requirements of the positions we seek to fill, as well as the challenges and time commitment of the hiring partners, general counsel and legal administrators tasked with attracting and retaining top talent.

Our team has developed a decades long reputation for identifying and attracting high quality candidates via our proprietary database and a robust network of professional relationships regionally and nationally.

More About MLS

Our services include direct-hire recruiting, contract and temp to hire placements, document review and e-discovery, special projects staffing, and customized outsourced project management for corporations, law firms, non-profits and governmental entities.

It’s not about us… it’s about you.

Experience tells us that one size cannot fit all. And that the art of making the perfect match is dependent on the preparation and care that goes into building strong and lasting relationships. We enjoy taking the time and effort to truly understand our clients’ business, goals and expectations, as well as the qualities, skills and objectives of our candidates. We believe our focused consultative approach allows us the ability to find the right people for the best opportunities, faster and with better long-term results. In the end, it’s the results that matter most.


Major Legal Services won Inavero’s Best of Staffing® Talent Award for providing superior service to our clients and job seekers. Presented in partnership with CareerBuilder, Inavero’s Best of Staffing award is based completely on the ratings given to us by our clients and the permanent and temporary employees we’ve helped find jobs. Award winners make up less than two percent of all staffing agencies in the U.S. and Canada who earned the Best of Staffing Award for service excellence

Our Leadership

Deborah Peters

When I started at Major Legal Services in 1994, soon after graduating from CWRU School of Law and passing the Ohio Bar exam, I did not necessarily think that I would make a career in the Legal Search Consultant business. In fact, specializing exclusively in the temporary and direct hire placement of attorneys, paralegals, legal assistants and other legal support professionals was a brand new concept in N.E. Ohio at that time.

Twenty plus years later, I can truly say that I have found my calling in this industry. Most attorneys realize that the practice of law is about serving the public through the analysis and interpretation of the law. I also feel rewarded and excited about the daily opportunity to serve the legal community both by assisting candidates to identify the next steps in their career path, and by helping our law firm and in-house counsel clients identify the talent best suited to their own unique culture and needs.

Lesley Shiels

Sr. Recruitment Consultant
I joined Major Legal Services in 1996 after graduating with a degree in paralegal studies. At that time I didn’t know much about the staffing and recruiting industry but wanted to use all resources available to me to find a legal position and start my professional career. Ironically rather than placing me in a position with a client I was asked to work in-house at Major Legal Services.

Although working as a recruiter was not my original career path I do feel it is a perfect fit. I have the opportunity to work with talented legal professionals on a daily basis. I truly enjoy building relationships with candidates who are seeking employment and clients by assisting in solving their hiring needs.

Interested In Joining Our Team?

We are always looking for driven individuals to join our team as recruiters, sourcers, administrators, salespeople and more! If you have a passion for helping others unlock their potential, we’d love to chat.


Part employee handbook, part manifesto, our values are both who we are and who we aspire to be – in and out of the office.


Determination drives results



Take responsibility for your outcomes



Leverage others to help achieve your goals



Outcomes focused, value driven


Do business the right way


Paint pictures to establish alignment


Achieve great outcomes quickly

Our mission is to earn the trust and confidence of our clients and candidates and to count our success only by the quality of outcomes we achieve on your behalf. You tell us what you need and we make it happen.

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