Legal placements Incorporated

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Meet The Team

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    Lori DiCesare

    President and CEO

    Ms. DiCesare is responsible for overseeing the day to day operations of LPI, which grew from a $5,000 investment to a multi-million dollar company. With offices located in Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia and Ohio; Ms. DiCesare’s staff has placed thousands of contractors and built a client base of hundreds of law firms and corporations. LPI also holds a presence in Boston and New York.

    With two decades of legal and staffing experience, Ms. DiCesare was named by the Washington Business Journal as a prestigious “A Woman to Watch—One of the 50 Most Influential and Powerful Women Executives” in 2003, and was named one of the “Top 25 Woman Owned Businesses” in the Washington, D.C. area in 2002 and 2004. She additionally serves as a visible force in the business and philanthropic community.

    Her reach into the community extends on a local and national level. She has previously served on the Board of Directors for the Northern Virginia Community Foundation and Gilda’s Club of Greater Washington, a non-profit organization helping those touched by cancer. She has been a sponsor for The Association of Legal Administrators, and has supported such charities as Suited for Change, September 11th Children’s Fund, National Breast Cancer Coalition, Graham Road Elementary School Backpack and Supply Drive, “Lawyers Have Heart” in 2005-2007 and is a 2015 Signature sponsor, to name a few. She is currently on the Board of Director’s for the Law Firm Vendors Association. In 2007 she was honored by CEO magazine for her article for the “Bravo” Women Business Achievement Award. Ms. DiCesare has served as an expert witness in several cases as they related to non-disclosure and non-competition agreements.


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    Kerry Purcell

    Managing Director/Legal Division

    Kerry has been with LPI for 10 years building both the Contract Attorney and direct hire paralegal divisions. Prior to joining LPI Kerry was a paralegal for several years with a major DC law firm. Purcell graduated from State University of New York College at Buffalo and received her Paralegal Certificate from Syracuse University College.

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    Miana Ford

    Support Staff Manager/Temporary Staffing

    Miana’s career at LPI has progressed over the past ten years and has allowed her to master recruiting for both direct hire and temporary support staff positions. She works thoughtfully to get to know every candidate and takes pride in finding the right match for each individual. With industry knowledge and strong client connections, she is able to ensure hiring needs are met.

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    Toni Jones

    Senior Director, Direct Hire Division

    Toni received her B.A. in Economics from Pennsylvania State University.  She came to LPI with recruitment experience since 2005, with an expertise in technical recruitment for and in corporations.  Toni will carry-out the same duties with LPI locating permanent employment positions for candidate’s with experience in the technical industry.

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    Joanna Davis

    Managing Director/Special Projects

    Joanna has been in the staffing industry for 27 years specializing in business development into law firms and corporations for temporary and permanent employment positions for support staff. She has been with LPI for 18 years expanding her expertise into the D.C. Government, nonprofit associations, to name a few. Joanna received a B.S. Degree from Chatham University.

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    Susan Milkie

    Direct Hire Manager/Support Staff Division

    Milkie brings over 15 years of experience in the staffing arena to LPI. Susan is responsible for the full cycle of recruiting for professional, administrative and legal positions, with an expertise in Intellectual Property Law. Susan is a certified Yoga instructor.

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    Emily Fabian

    Direct Hire Support Staff Division

    A member of LPI’s recruiting staff since 2005, Emily Fabian works on a wide variety of direct hire law firm staff positions to include legal secretaries, EAs, paralegals, receptionists, and professionals in Administration, HR, Recruiting, Marketing, Business Development and Accounting.  Emily prides herself establishing lasting relationships with candidates and clients by providing top notch personalized service. She offers candidates an extensive network  and insightful job search assistance developed from recruiting for the top law firms in DC for 12+ years. She is always looking to partner with new candidates to help find the right match and next step in their career.

    Prior to joining LPI, she worked as a recruiter with a national placement agency. Emily graduated Magna Cum Laude from Ohio State University.

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    Linda Gatti

    Business Development Director

     Linda is a brand ambassador and relationship architect driving revenue and maximizing profit in diverse sectors via proven strategic partnering methods. She has been in the staffing arena for over 12 years, specializing in the legal industry. Her clients have included major international, mid-size and boutique style law firms. A native Washingtonian, Linda attended the University of Maryland in College Park.

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    Kristen Zerressen

    Legal Staffing Coordinator, Legal Division

    Kristen graduated summa cum laude with a B.A., from Brevard College and is currently attending The George Washington University School Law School.  She previously worked as a paralegal, law clerk and contract attorney while attending law school.  In her current position at LPI, Kristen is responsible for interviewing and placing contract attorneys in law firms and corporations.  Please contact Kristen at

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    Kimberly Weathers

    Staffing Coordinator

    Kim joins LPI with prior experience working in the staffing industry in Huntsville, Alabama.  In her current position she is responsible for interview and placing candidate’s in temporary and permanent employment positions throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.  Kim received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from the University of Mississippi.  Kim may be contacted at