About YoungMayden

Young Mayden, LLC is a boutique firm, providing distinct services in the areas of legal search and consulting. Young Mayden is the only national legal search and consulting firm whose principals, Kenneth E. Young and Barbara Mendel Mayden, have…

  • Over 60 combined years of experience practicing business and employment law, at several different regional and national law firms, including Bass, Berry & Sims, Skadden Arps, White & Case, King & Spalding, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, and Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough
  • Over 65 combined years of senior leadership in the American Bar Association, where they have worked with many of America’s finest attorneys and bar leaders
  • Provided advice to hundreds of corporate legal departments across the country

It is estimated that the cost of a bad hire is about 4 – 5 times the annual salary involved.  Ken and Barbara’s legal expertise, their law firm experience, their work with hundreds of corporate legal departments, and their national base of personal contacts in every major city give Young Mayden unparalleled perspective and a decided edge in making successful placements.  Those contacts enable the firm to conduct peer-to-peer searches; their tag line – connecting lawyers we know with workplaces we understand – defines their method for meeting client objectives




Ken Young specialized in labor and employment law, on the defense side, during his 30 year career… Read More >



Barbara Mayden began her legal career with King & Spalding in Atlanta in 1976, and practiced for 30 years… Read More >



Lynsey began her legal career as an Assistant Solicitor prosecuting white collar criminal defendants… Read More >



May Smythe has over a decade of full life-cycle recruiting representing law firms and companies… Read More >

“We were impressed with and benefited from Young Mayden’s speed, efficiency and cost effectiveness… Young and Mayden [used their] extensive contacts both inside and outside the legal profession to identify and enlist an impressive number of excellent candidates for our consideration.”