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Christie Bonasera

Managing Director of Attorney Placement & Coaching

Christie is a Managing Director of Attorney Placement at JSA where she oversees attorney placement and career coaching. Christie is dedicated to building strong relationships with the attorneys she works with to ensure that each is on the right career path. 

Christie has been a leading figure in the legal recruiting industry since 2006. She led the Recruiting Department at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP for over a decade, most recently as the Director of Recruitment. Prior to her time at Willkie, Christie oversaw both hiring and law firm management at Goodwin Procter’s New York and Boston offices. Christie also practiced as a corporate attorney at Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP (Boston), Testa Hurwitz LLP (Boston) and Kaye Scholer LLP (New York). 

Christie utilizes her nationwide recruiting and training experience to help candidates identify the best position, and then, succeed in that position. Christie partners with her clients to develop a holistic understanding of their professional goals, unique talents, and workplace concerns, and then thoughtfully aligns each lawyer with the optimal professional opportunity. She also advises companies on how to attract and keep the best legal talent.

Having made career moves as both an attorney and a recruiting professional, Christie has real, first-hand experience of what is needed to be successful, and her clients often praise her hard work and unique, comprehensive approach for improving their career trajectories. 

Christie earned her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law and graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in economics from Stony Brook University. When Christie isn’t busy recruiting, she is usually spending time with her husband and children and searching for the best cup of coffee or glass of wine, depending on the time of the day.

Email: christie@smithcounsel.com
Office Phone: 212-206-3569
Mobile Phone: 917-576-5713

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