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Calibrate’s Recent CEO Placement Demonstrates Business Professionals are Drivers of Excellence in the Practice and Business of Law for Firms.

Calibrate, a leading executive search and organizational consultancy firm, is pleased to announce the placement of Jamie Lawless, as Chief Executive-Elect at Husch Blackwell, a top AmLaw 100, national law firm specializing in industry focused business solutions. Calibrate CEO, Jennifer Johnson and Managing Director, David Schaefer, worked closely with Jenny Schwope, Senior Executive Search Associate, who led the rigorous search comprising more than 1,000 applicants, which resulted in Lawless’ appointment. With our team’s unique blend of first-hand law firm knowledge and in-depth recruiting experience, and business acumen, we were well-equipped to deliver exceptional customer experiences at Calibrate. The search was also supported by rising star, Kenyan Ingram, Executive Search Coordinator at Calibrate.  

Jamie is a leader with deep law firm and corporate experience, and a proven ability to lead, develop, and support attorneys and business professionals alike. She is able to create and communicate a clear vision, both to clients, professional teams and internal stakeholders. Her ability to transform organizations, improve services, and ensure client experience makes her a powerful executive and the right choice in taking the firm to the next level.* There’s no doubt great things are to come at Husch Blackwell.  

Lawless’ appointment comes at an exciting time for Husch Blackwell. In 2012, Husch Blackwell moved from traditional legal practice areas and organized its delivery of legal services into six business units—Energy & Natural Resources, Financial Services & Capital Markets, Food Systems, Healthcare, Life Sciences & Education, Real Estate, and Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation. This development, coupled with a business-driven approach to delivering outstanding client experiences, has positioned the company for significant growth.   

Lawless has spent 25 years in the professional services industry, both in legal operations and delivering services to lawyers and law firms. She has served in various leadership roles at one of the largest law firms in the world and as a corporate executive at a Fortune 500 company. 

Lawless expressed her commitment to driving innovation and challenging the status quo: “Husch Blackwell’s phenomenal culture and the firm’s relentless pursuit of excellent client experiences made it the perfect place for me to continue my commitment to serving professional teams and clients. I couldn’t be more delighted to serve as the firm’s next chief executive.” 

As it relates to working with Calibrate, Jamie said “I am grateful to Jennifer Johnson and the Calibrate team for bringing this opportunity into my life.” 

For over 12 years, Calibrate has been an industry leader in advocating for business professionals as drivers of excellence in the practice and business of law. As a trusted executive search and organizational consultancy, Calibrate is focused on helping law firms achieve operational excellence by optimizing their talent, processes, and performance. As a team comprised of former law firm and F100 professionals, Calibrate approaches each client’s engagement with an insider’s understanding of the category. We employ effective strategies with a tailored, high-touch service approach that results in smart and practical outcomes. 


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