Rifkin Consulting2020-05-27T22:14:33-07:00

About Rifkin Consulting

Rifkin Consulting was founded with one goal in mind – successful, enduring professional relationships. We take great care to listen, communicate and work tirelessly to achieve lasting attorney placements. Our insightful, diligent, and resourceful approach towards customizing each search to meet the employer’s or attorney candidate’s needs results in effective partnering throughout the recruiting process to provide the results you seek. When you work with Rifkin Consulting, you have more than an experienced attorney recruiter on your side – you have a partner for success.

Diane Rifkin, Founder & President of Rifkin Consulting

Diane offers over 30 years of experience with the legal, attorney recruiting and public relations industries. She is known for her detail-oriented approach, straightforward counsel and passion for achieving results on behalf of those she represents.  High ethical standards and reliability have resulted in an expansive network that includes satisfied clients and candidates nationwide.

Diane received her B.A. in English from Villanova University, where she graduated cum laude and served as Class Valedictorian. Diane achieved her Juris Doctor from Villanova School of Law in 1988. She served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Legal Search Consultants (NALSC) and the organization’s Ethics Committee. Active in the Orange County Community, Diane supports Monarch Sunrise Rotary charity activities, Dana Point Support Group for Camp Pendleton 5th Marine Regiment, Working Wardrobes, Women Helping Women and CHOC.

Diane regularly contributes to major national legal publications, including Vault, the Los Angeles Daily Journal, and Law360.

Having successfully navigated major economic recessions, today Rifkin Consulting is a trusted advisor to hundreds of employers and corporations seeking to hire attorneys throughout California and the nation.


Jeannie CaBell, Sr. Attorney Recruiter

Jeannie CaBell is a Sr. Attorney Recruiter with Rifkin Consulting. She specializes in the permanent placement of attorneys throughout California. She is a recruiting professional with over 30 years of legal recruiting experience and has helped hundreds of attorneys find their dream job in the legal industry.

Throughout her career, she has served in numerous key human resources, office management, and attorney recruiting positions in large, global law firms. Her academic background is in business administration and human resources and she brings a wealth of HR and attorney recruiting experience and knowledge to Rifkin Consulting and its candidates and clients, giving them assurance that the personal assistance they receive comes from years of advanced training, experience, and financial acumen.

Jeannie knows and understands that the right people are the most important asset to a law firm or corporation.  She takes great pride assisting law firms and companies to identify and acquire the best candidates to meet their hiring needs and works closely with candidates to find their career goal home.

Jeannie has a BA and MA from Temple University, served as the President of the Orange County Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators as well as a Regional Director and on the Board of Directors for the Association of Legal Administrators, was one of the founders and former Board Member of the Orange County Area Legal Recruitment Association, affiliated with legal support groups NALP and the Society for Human Resource Managers. Active within the Orange County community, Jeannie is a committee member and one of the co-founders of the Orange County Coalition for Diversity in the Law (OCCDL) and current Board Member of the Orange County Chapter of Women in eDiscovery (WIE).


Susan Johnson, Director of Business Development/Attorney Recruiter

Susan Johnson brings a unique background to Rifkin Consulting.  Her dynamic career includes a private couture business, a successful contemporary clothing line sold in major department stores and specialty boutiques across the country and a 10-year recruiting career, focused on bringing top talent to the finest apparel and architecture firms.

In 2010, a prominent wealth management professional introduced Susan to Diane Rifkin, President of Rifkin Consulting. Susan’s finely-honed recruiting skills and zest for the exciting and ever-changing legal arena, combined with Diane’s highly respected law firm relationships and decades of legal expertise, complimented and expanded Rifkin Consulting’s dynamic attorney recruiting team.

Susan has recruited attorneys for large and small firms, as well as in house counsel, continuing to grow the long list of satisfied candidates who trust her honesty, expertise and guidance.  Candidates appreciate Susan’s personable and straightforward manner, and value her honesty and efficiency throughout the recruiting process.

“Susan is a very talented recruiter – she is intuitive, detail-oriented and extremely personable. She is also a real “people-person” who has boundless energy and an inspiring creativity that propels her to accomplish her goals.”  Diane Rifkin, President, Rifkin Consulting

“Because of Rifkin Consulting, I landed my dream job. Diane took the time to understand me and my objectives, and when coupled with her extensive network and industry knowledge, the result was a perfect match for me and my employer! Diane’s responsiveness and genuine commitment to my well-being made the process of moving on after a decade with the same firm much easier. There is no way I’ll ever be able to adequately thank Diane for all she has done for me!”
J.M., In-House Placement, Southern California

“It is with great pleasure that I recommend Rifkin Consulting, considering I have worked with Diane Rifkin for several years and have found her to be very knowledgeable about the legal community. Whether she is representing prospective attorney candidates or working on a firm search, she consistently demonstrates a high degree of moral and ethical standards. Diane can be counted on for results, efficiency, candor, and confidentiality, while maintaining the human element and sensitivity that is sometimes lost with professional recruiters. I cannot say enough good things about Diane’s professionalism.”

Lorraine Connally, Director of Legal Recruiting at Allen Matkins
“Through an invaluable combination of her professional (yet good-natured) demeanor, her active listening skills, her sound judgment, her established contacts, and above all else, her obvious desire to put me in the right place (not just any place), I am finally working at a firm whose interests and priorities are identical to my own.”
R.J., (Southern California)

“The relationship that you have taken the time to develop with the partners at [law firm] was absolutely critical in my securing this position…. The fact that these partners always seem to make immediate time for you is a testament to your high level of professionalism and your reputation in the community. All of your candidates should feel good about their chances for success once they are presented by you.”

T.K., (Southern California)

“Rifkin Consulting, Inc., impressed me as a professional organization that moves quickly and effectively in its searches. The process they utilized to immediately review my resume, interview me, and begin the process of review…resulted in employment at a new job in less than three weeks.”

A.B., (In House, Southern California)

“As a result of Diane’s superlative knowledge of the legal market and years of experiences, coupled with her ability to understand my particular career objectives, Diane was immediately able to place me with her contacts that enable me to achieve my next career move. I am forever grateful…”

N.H., (Northern California)

“Diane really listens to her clients. She uncovers leads that firms do not advertise. She keeps her clients informed. And she always calls them back promptly. I cannot recommend Diane Rifkin more highly.”

H.K., (Southern California)

“What impressed me most about Rifkin Consulting was their honest commitment to finding me the best placement based on listening to my needs and wishes… my resume was handled with the utmost confidence and care…without a second thought, I would use them again should the need arise.”

M.S., (Southern California)

“It is with the utmost enthusiasm that I recommend Diane. Her genuine concern for her client’s interests, knowledge of the market, communication skills, dependability and integrity separate her from anyone else I ever dealt with.”

C.S., (Southern California)

“Ms. Rifkin negotiated the terms of my employment with my new firm providing me with a competitive salary and an opportunity for a salary increase at the end of my first six months at the firm.”

C.C. , (Southern California)

“What was particularly great about working with Diane is that she took real time to learn my background, interests and needs before presenting opportunities. With that, I was always confident that any opportunity we discussed was a good fit for me.”

A.N., (Southern California)

“Your attention to my needs and interests, your initiative in creating and introducing me to an opportunity that matched my interests, and your responsiveness and good judgment along the way led me to a truly rewarding career change.”

M.P., (Southern California)

“Ms. Rifkin’s candor, professionalism, and affable nature made it a pleasure and a privilege to work together. Her methods of keeping me informed coupled with her knowledge of firms and industry, assured me that my particular job search was a priority.

M.S., (Southern California)

Our goal is to excel in creating matches with the particular firms where each of these exceptional lawyers will thrive, adding tremendous value to both their careers and the partnerships that profit from their strengths.