Christine Whitehead

Christine Whitehead

Professional Staff Senior Manager-Talent Acquisition, Legal
Christine Whitehead

Christine Whitehead joined Goodwin in 2021 as Senior Manager, Talent Acquisition — Legal. In this role, she is responsible for managing the firm’s partner recruitment efforts and works closely with the Managing Director Talent Acquisition — Lateral Partner Recruiting, to execute the firm’s recruitment strategy.

Prior to joining Goodwin, Ms. Whitehead was a Partner Recruiting & Integration Manager at Hogan Lovells where she managed the full life-cycle recruitment of partner and counsel candidates for the firm’s US offices and supported strategic initiatives undertaken by the Office of the CEO. She worked closely with Practice Group Leaders to identify hiring priorities and develop and implement effective recruitment strategies. Ms. Whitehead worked with the Head of Partner Integration to develop and implement a global integration program and designed and implemented a global onboarding and orientation program.

Ms. Whitehead has been a speaker at NALP and NALSC conferences on topics ranging from interviewing techniques and best practices, lateral firm questionnaire perspectives, onboarding and integration methodologies, to data collection and analysis. She has authored articles on law firm mergers best practices and partnering with business development.


Professional Activities

Ms. Whitehead currently serves on the NALSC Advisory Committee and is also a Vice Chair, Experienced Professionals Section-Knowledge Management Work Group for the NALP (2020-Present). She also previously served as Vice Chair, Recruiting Section-Lateral Hiring Work Group for the NALP from 2019-2020. 

Ms. Whitehead is an active member of the National Association of Legal Search Consultants (NALSC), the National Association for Law Placement (NALP) and the Washington Area Legal Recruitment Administrators Association (WALRAA).


Speaking Engagements

  • Best Practices for Successful Lateral Onboarding & Integration in a Virtual World (NALP Annual Education Conference, April 2021)
  • Lateral Firm Questionnaire Part II — An Insider’s Perspective on How Certain Questions are Received (NALSC 2020 Symposium, October 2020)Moneyball for Lawyers: Using Data to Improve Hiring Decisions (NALP Annual Education Conference, April 2018)Improve Your Recruiting ROI by Improving the Candidate Experience (NALP Annual Education Conference, April 2017)
  • Partner and Practice Area Recruiting (WALRAA Conference, March 2010) 


  • Author – ‘Topics, Timing and Messaging: A Guide to Lateral Partner Interviewing’ (NALP Bulletin, July 2021) 
  • Co-author, “Dealing with Serial Movers, Have We Met Before?” (NALP Bulletin, February 2020)
  • “Lateral Hiring Best Practices Guide, 4th Edition,” (NALP 2020 working group)
  • Author, “Partnering with Business Development,” (NALP Bulletin, March 2019)
  • Co-author, “Navigating Law Firm Mergers: A Checklist for Legal Recruiting Professionals,” (NALP Bulletin, February 2019)







(cum laude)
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