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Jackie Cranford

Jacqueline Cranford is the founder and principal of Cranford Advisory Services LLC. She also serves as a Senior Consultant with Verna Myers Consulting Group LLC. With over 25 years of legal industry experience and a demonstrated record of successfully designing and implementing talent management strategies, Ms. Cranford serves as a trusted adviser to leaders in the legal industry and an advocate for effective talent management. Ms. Cranford engages individuals at every level in the organizational structure to provide appropriate training and guidance, tailored to her clients and their needs.

Prior to establishing Cranford Advisory Services LLC, Ms. Cranford led talent management initiatives for more than 14 years in three American Lawyer 100 law firms.  She developed and implemented global talent management strategies relating to diversity, inclusion, recruiting, professional development, performance management, leadership training, business development, and global integration, among other things. Additionally, she served as an adviser to firm leaders, partners, associates, and administrators while also representing the firms externally, developing a wide range of meaningful relationships in the legal community.

 Ms. Cranford has been actively engaged, frequently as a speaker, with several organizations such as the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, Corporate Counsel Women of Color, the Leadership Counsel on Legal Diversity, NALP (The Association for Legal Career Professionals), and the Professional Development Consortium. She also has held leadership positions with NALP and the Association of Law Firm Diversity Professionals, of which she was a founding member.

Ms. Cranford graduated from Oral Roberts University, cum laude, and earned her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. Following law school, she joined Kirkpatrick & Lockhart LLP (now K&L Gates LLP) as a litigator and remained there for five years before joining the U.S. Department of Justice as a trial attorney. Her professionalism, expertise, integrity, industry knowledge, and breadth of experiences result in excellent client service.

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