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 Purcell has been in the legal recruiting and staffing industry since 1990.  She has been recruiting, sourcing, vetting and placing contract attorneys on projects for her clients since 1996.

    Kerry specializes in the placement of barred attorneys on massive litigation and government investigation review projects throughout the country, in addition to placing contract attorneys with specialized backgrounds, such as IP, commercial real estate, corporate transactional, business and employment immigration, and more. Her expertise includes vetting, staffing and managing of e-discovery and document review projects in English or virtually any foreign language, of any size, at any location, including LPI’s document review centers and on-site with law firms and corporate legal departments.

    In addition, Kerry is well known in the legal industry for her executive search and recruitment expertise.   For years, Kerry has drawn on her deep network of legal contacts, industry knowledge and research skills to identify top talent for her clients.  Clients rely on Kerry to locate the right candidates for a variety of roles, including attorneys, business service professionals, Practice Group Managers, Business Managers, Paralegals, Marketing, Communications, Business Development and Public Relations professionals with law firms and corporations.

    Kerry Purcell has prior experience in legal recruiting and as a litigation paralegal with AmLaw100 law firms. She is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo and holds a 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 brings over 13 years of contract attorney staffing experience in the business development and marketing spaces.  She works with law firms and corporate in-house counsel on a national basis and strives to create shared value relationships with all of her clients.  She provides consulting and contract attorney staffing services for document review projects on larger to smaller scales.  Linda works directly with the hiring managers and legal recruiters to understand their staffing goals and document review requirements.  She has been with LPI for 10 years, driving revenue in diverse legal sectors through proven client-relationship tactics.  Her client’s success remains her first and foremost priority.

    She began her career working for NBC Sports Network as the marketing and strategic partnership lead for the Network.  She forged client relationships with Washington, D.C. area pro sports teams, several national college sports conferences and multiple corporate partnerships.  She then joined Verizon to lead the Partnerships Group with the Consumer Loyalty Program for bundling video, telephony, cellular and FIOS products.  Her partners and clients included McDonalds, Coke, Target and Best Buy.  For the first half of her career her core focus became serving clients in the cable and telecom industries. She was President of the Board with Women in Cable and Telecommunications (WICT), and also served as a board member with the Cable Television Association for Marketing (CTAM).

    Linda graduated from the University of Maryland in College Park.  She received her Bachelor of Science from the Phillip Merrill College of Journalism.  She additionally focused on business management and marketing.  She is a native Washingtonian and enjoys volunteer work, outdoor activities as well as her local family.

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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 2011, and is licensed to practice law in the state of New York.