Legal placements Incorporated

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Meet The Team

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    Lori DiCesare

    President and CEO

    Ms. DiCesare is responsible for overseeing the day to day operations of LPI, which grew from a $5,000 investment to a multi-million dollar company. With offices located in Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia and Ohio; Ms. DiCesare’s staff has placed thousands of contractors and built a client base of hundreds of law firms and corporations. LPI also holds a presence in Boston and New York.

    With two decades of legal and staffing experience, Ms. DiCesare was named by the Washington Business Journal as a prestigious “A Woman to Watch—One of the 50 Most Influential and Powerful Women Executives” in 2003, and was named one of the “Top 25 Woman Owned Businesses” in the Washington, D.C. area in 2002 and 2004. She additionally serves as a visible force in the business and philanthropic community.

    Her reach into the community extends on a local and national level. She has previously served on the Board of Directors for the Northern Virginia Community Foundation and Gilda’s Club of Greater Washington, a non-profit organization helping those touched by cancer. She has been a sponsor for The Association of Legal Administrators, and has supported such charities as Suited for Change, September 11th Children’s Fund, National Breast Cancer Coalition, Graham Road Elementary School Backpack and Supply Drive, “Lawyers Have Heart” in 2005-2007 and is a 2015 Signature sponsor, to name a few. She is currently on the Board of Director’s for the Law Firm Vendors Association. In 2007 she was honored by CEO magazine for her article for the “Bravo” Women Business Achievement Award. Ms. DiCesare has served as an expert witness in several cases as they related to non-disclosure and non-competition agreements.


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    Kerry Purcell

    Managing Director/Legal Division

    Kerry has been with LPI for 10 years building both the Contract Attorney and direct hire paralegal divisions. Prior to joining LPI Kerry was a paralegal for several years with a major DC law firm. Purcell graduated from State University of New York College at Buffalo and received her Paralegal Certificate from Syracuse University College.

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    Miana Ford

    Support Staff Manager/Temporary Staffing

    Miana’s career at LPI has progressed over the past ten years and has allowed her to master recruiting for both direct hire and temporary support staff positions. She works thoughtfully to get to know every candidate and takes pride in finding the right match for each individual. With industry knowledge and strong client connections, she is able to ensure hiring needs are met.

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    Joanna Davis

    Managing Director/Special Projects

    Joanna has been in the staffing industry for 27 years specializing in business development into law firms and corporations for temporary and permanent employment positions for support staff. She has been with LPI for 18 years expanding her expertise into the D.C. Government, nonprofit associations, to name a few. Joanna received a B.S. Degree from Chatham University.

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    Susan Milkie

    Direct Hire Manager/Support Staff Division

    Milkie brings over 15 years of experience in the staffing arena to LPI. Susan is responsible for the full cycle of recruiting for professional, administrative and legal positions, with an expertise in Intellectual Property Law. Susan is a certified Yoga instructor.

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    Emily Fabian

    Direct Hire Support Staff Division

    A member of LPI’s recruiting staff since 2005, Emily Fabian works on a wide variety of direct hire law firm staff positions to include legal secretaries, EAs, paralegals, receptionists, and professionals in Administration, HR, Recruiting, Marketing, Business Development and Accounting.  Emily prides herself establishing lasting relationships with candidates and clients by providing top notch personalized service. She offers candidates an extensive network  and insightful job search assistance developed from recruiting for the top law firms in DC for 12+ years. She is always looking to partner with new candidates to help find the right match and next step in their career.

    Prior to joining LPI, she worked as a recruiter with a national placement agency. Emily graduated Magna Cum Laude from Ohio State University.

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    Jayleen Quevedo

    Jayleen brings to the LPI team her genuine passion for the challenges and rewards of successfully pairing both temporary and direct-hire candidates with the right job. Prior to joining LPI as a Staffing Coordinator, she worked as a conflicts analyst at a major law firm for several years. Jayleen’s previous experience as legal support staff allows her to understand and empathize with the motivations of a support staff candidate. Jayleen graduated from the George Washington University with a BA in International Affairs and History.

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    Linda Gatti

    Business Development Director

     Linda is a brand ambassador and relationship architect driving revenue and maximizing profit in diverse sectors via proven strategic partnering methods. She has been in the staffing arena for over 12 years, specializing in the legal industry. Her clients have included major international, mid-size and boutique style law firms. A native Washingtonian, Linda attended the University of Maryland in College Park.

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    Rachel McCarthy

    Rachel joined LPI in 2019 and is now responsible for the recruiting and staffing of contract attorney positions. Prior to joining LPI Rachel was an eDiscovery attorney, and she brings with her an extensive knowledge of the field. With this understanding, she is able to present to clients the candidates that encompass what it means to be an effective contract attorney. Rachel graduated in 2014 from the Roger Williams University School of Law, cum laude from Eastern Connecticut State University in 2001, and is licensed to practice law in the state of New York.