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History of Carter-White & Shaw, LLC

Carter-White & Shaw began in 1991, when Ron Jordan, our Senior Principal Director, left his position as a legal recruiter with Pat Franklyn & Associates to begin his own firm. Our beginnings are humble. Armed with a volume of Martindale-Hubbell®, a rotary phone, a single client, and his mother’s back porch in Berkeley, California as an office, Ron started Carter-White & Shaw to serve what was and still is an underserved market in legal recruiting: Attorneys of color, women attorneys, gay/lesbian/bisexual and transgender attorneys, and disabled attorneys who are seeking employers that value diversity and appreciate their talents.

Carter-White & Shaw’s client base was initially composed of San Francisco Bay Area law firms, and our candidates were only law firm partners. The firm moved from Ron’s mother’s back porch in Berkeley to San Francisco in 1992 and to Carmel Valley in 1997. The firm moved to its current headquarters, located on a 22-acre farm in Chestertown, Maryland, on September 10, 2001 to service a growing nationwide clientele and candidate base. Since the move, our presence nationwide and in Washington, D.C. and New York in particular has substantially increased. We aim to be the number one diversity legal search firm.


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