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Lorie Ball is a recruiter with the Los Angeles office of BCG, placing associate, counsel, and partner candidates in firms throughout the West Coast. She brings a unique perspective to legal recruiting—as someone who has worked as both an attorney and recruiting manager for a major firm—and she uses her inside knowledge of how firms work and what they are looking for to give her candidates an edge in getting jobs. She has a contagious enthusiasm and sense of possibility that keeps her candidates motivated throughout the recruiting process.
Ms. Ball was born and raised in the Long Beach area of Los Angeles, the daughter of a machinist who specialized in manufacturing parts for the oil and gas industry. Ms. Ball’s first job was at age 12, when she ran a lathe in her father’s shop to help make a metal part for a Corvette. She was the first person in her family to go to college, which she paid for by working multiple jobs, including at McDonalds, the Olive Garden, and as a counselor for YMCA after-school and summer programs. She continues to serve on the board for a local YMCA chapter.
She majored in political science at California State University, Fullerton, and then headed to Loyola Law School, where she graduated cum laude and Order of the Coif. She was regional champion of the trial advocacy team and co-chair of the Public Interest Law Foundation. She interned at the juvenile dependency court and was a member of the International Law Review.
An adventurer at heart, Ms. Ball took advantage of a law school summer-abroad program that enabled her to study international environmental law in Costa Rica and Belize. As part of the curriculum, she met with indigenous tribes and got to snorkel Belize’s barrier reef. The trip would spark a lifelong love of travel, and her journeys have now included a post-bar exam tour of 17 countries, including Ireland, France, Greece, and the Netherlands; a trip to Thailand, where she travelled to rural villages, Chiang Mai, and Phuket beaches; and an expedition to Africa, where she explored Cape Town, safaried on the Serengeti, and decompressed in Zanzibar.
After law school, Ms. Ball spent a year at Sonnenschein and then joined the Los Angeles office of Milbank, Tweed. She spent nearly five years as an associate in the financial restructuring group and then took a leap of faith and became the manager of recruiting and marketing. During her nearly four years in the position, she handled (and loved) all aspects of attorney recruitment and training. She ran the summer program; interfaced with candidates, hiring partners, and the diversity committee; and developed creative mentoring programs. She briefly returned to law again, practicing with Peitzman Weg and Robins Kaplan, but she missed mentoring and professional “matchmaking” and ultimately joined BCG Attorney Search as a legal recruiter.
When she is not working with one of her candidates, Ms. Ball can be found in her convertible—top down and wind in her hair—cruising along the Pacific Coast Highway. She is a self-described “concert junkie” and has been to approximately 500 concerts, including U2, Depeche Mode, Green Day, No Doubt, Black Eyed Peas, Luke Bryant, Dierks Bentley, and the Zac Brown Band. She has a dog and a cat and close friends she keeps in touch with from both her high school and law firm years. Recently, she and her friends have partaken in wine and craft beer tastings, built a terrarium, and soared over Southern California in a hot air balloon.