Amy Leafe McCormack

Founder and Co-President

Amy Leafe McCormack

Amy McCormack is one of the Founders and Co-President of McCormack Schreiber. She has been a legal recruiter in Chicago for more than 30 years and has extensive experience working with attorney candidates at all levels, but primarily focuses on lateral partner and in-house recruiting. Amy is a frequent speaker on legal recruiting and trends in the marketplace and was selected for inclusion in the Lawdragon Global 100 Leaders in Legal Strategy and Consulting for 2022, 2023 and 2024.

Amy currently serves on the Executive Board of the Patrick Williams Foundation, a non-profit organization with the mission of providing support, assistance, and resources to minority and socioeconomically challenged entrepreneurs and their small businesses in Chicago. From 2004 to 2008, Amy served as an elected Member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Legal Search Consultants (NALSC), the only organization which sets ethical standards for the legal recruiting profession. She also served from 2009 to 2013 as an elected Member of the Board of Education of Oak Park and River Forest High School, and she previously served as a Board Member and Chair of the Collaboration for Early Childhood in Oak Park.

Amy’s legal experience includes practicing labor and employment law with McGuireWoods LLP and DLA Piper US LLP in the Washington, D.C. area. She earned her B.A. from the University of Richmond in 1986 and her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1989.

Amy Leafe McCormack

Candidate Testimonials

I worked with Nancy Carey on my most recent career move. Nancy approached me about an opportunity and was great to work with throughout the hiring process – from submitting my resume to working through the offer details. Nancy always candidly answered my questions and provided me with as much insight as possible. She is friendly and approachable, so I felt entirely comfortable asking her questions which, in the past, I was uncomfortable asking recruiters. As a big law alum, she is very knowledgeable about the legal industry and what firms prize in candidates. She is a tremendous ally to have in your corner, and I would wholeheartedly recommend her. She is wonderful personally and professionally!
Labor & Employment Associate,
Placed at AmLaw 50 Firm
I worked with Nancy to switch roles from a midsize firm in a secondary market to a reputable firm in a large metropolitan area. Nancy is very personable and genuinely cares about her clients. It was her patience and attention to my specific needs that allowed me to find a new position that checked all my boxes. I am thrilled that my new role is not just another job but instead a lasting career and I have Nancy to thank for that.
Real Estate Associate,
Placed at Premier Chicago Law Firm
Being in Chicago, Debbie and her colleagues get it. They know the market and took the time to understand exactly what we were looking for in a junior associate. I highly recommend her and the team at McCormack Schreiber for their experience and expertise in legal recruiting.
Partner in Charge, Chicago Office of National Law Firm