Joanna L. Drozd, Esq. / Managing Director


Joanna practiced law for 10 years and was a partner in a national law firm before becoming a legal recruiter.  As a Managing Director at SJL Attorney Search, she combines her appreciation of the nuances of legal practice with her natural aptitude for mentoring and advocating to counsel attorneys at all levels and across all practice areas, ensuring that their career development aligns with their individual goals.  She has a unique command of the East and West Coast legal markets, having practiced in San Francisco before moving to New York, and works with candidates across the map.  Candidates and clients alike commend her for her vast market knowledge, consistent communication, and tailored approach to every search, ensuring that informed decisions are made.

Joanna graduated, cum laude, from New York University with a B.A. in History and Journalism.  She earned her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where she was the Lead Notes Editor of the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly and a teaching assistant.  Outside the office, Joanna is an avid traveler and a below average runner.

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