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Brenda L. Thompson

1600 Market Street, Suite 505
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215.561.3001 - Fax



Senior Legal Recruiter

With more than twenty-five years of executive-level experience, Brenda has worked with major law firms in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland and D.C. in the areas of legal staffing, law firm administration and marketing. She has owned her own professional search and consulting firm. Most recently, Brenda was the Director of Human Resources for Wilmington’s Morris, Nichols, Arsht and Tunnell, handling all human resource matters for a 200+ employee corporate law firm, including talent acquisition, compensation and performance evaluations.

Brenda brings the unique perspective of a real law firm “insider” to her new role and is fully attuned to what is necessary to make successful long-term placements. She has placed partners, associates and senior executives in law firms and corporations.

Brenda received her B.S. in Business Management from the University of Maryland and her M.S. in Applied Behavioral Science/Organizational Development from The Johns Hopkins University. She has a Certificate in Professional Human Resources from Villanova University. A frequent presenter, Brenda has consulted with and provided training to numerous national and regional law firms, DuPont, Villanova University, Goodwill Industries, Widener University School of Law, and the Association of Legal Administrators.

Brenda is or has been a member of the Society for Human Resources Management (Chair, DE Chapter Legislative and Government Relations Committee), the Association of Legal Administrators (Past-Presidents Committee, Delaware Chapter President and Vice President, Maryland Chapter Treasurer), the Legal Marketing Association (Board Member, Philadelphia Metropolitan Area Chapter), the National Association of Women Business Owners (President-Elect, Chair, Economic Development Committee) and The Independence School (Board of Trustees).

In 2007, Brenda was named Delaware Today’s “Businesswoman of the Year.” She is a Certified Executive and Career Coach and a Certified MBTI Instructor. Brenda and her son live in Wilmington, DE.


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