Our Company

Our Team

Committed to Building Your Team

Our recruiters have more than 30 years’ experience introducing uniquely qualified candidates to longtime clients, satisfying their business needs with high-caliber talent.

Linda Lease, C.P.C.
CEO

Linda Lease has been regarded as a prominent leader in the legal recruiting industry for over twenty years. After developing her skills and reputation at two prestigious search firms, Linda founded Lease & LaBau in order to provide a boutique approach to her clients and candidates. Her extensive knowledge of legal market trends, salaries and benefits allows her to objectively negotiate offers to ensure successful and long-lasting placements. In addition to her extensive experience, Linda completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Labor Relations.

Linda’s professional and charitable involvements include: former sponsor of the New York City Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators, former chairperson of Dress for Success, member of the Plant a Seed Foundation, and member of Byard’s Blessings.

In her personal life, Linda enjoys spending time with her husband, two children, and adorable beagle.

Christina Scott
Recruiting Manager

During the past seven years, Christina has contributed to the successful placement of over 200 candidates, from recent graduates up to C-Level Executives. She has an extensive community of professional contacts, and utilizes her networking talents and social media to ensure that candidates are aware of exciting opportunities in their respective fields. Christina develops an understanding of her candidates’ unique expectations, and adeptly matches these individuals with roles that fit their needs. In addition, she excels at enhancing resumes, providing interview tips, and ensuring that each applicant presents his or her best self to a prospective employer.

Christina joined the team shortly after completing her Bachelor’s Degree at William & Mary in 2011. When she is not in the office, Christina enjoys going to concerts, watching NY Giants Football, and spending summer weekends at the Jersey Shore. She is also involved in several non-profits, including Stupid Cancer and Project Renewal.

Ciara Coughlan
Senior Recruiting Associate

After relocating to the New York area in May 2014, Ciara joined the Lease & LaBau team. Her experience working in fast-paced settings coupled with her outgoing personality allowed her to quickly become an asset to the organization. Ciara has successfully placed candidates across several sectors, and she utilizes her exceptional memory to ensure candidates are always kept in mind for future opportunities. Ciara prides herself on developing and maintaining positive relationships with her candidates and providing a high level of client service.

Ciara earned her degree in Human Resources in her home country of Ireland. She enjoys traveling and has visited over 17 states within the US as well as many international locations, including Mexico, Europe, and Africa.

Joe Gambale
Legal Recruiter

Joe joined the Lease & LaBau team in 2021 and brings 1.5 years of recruitment experience. He is committed to building long-standing relationships and ensuring quality service to clients and candidates. He demonstrates a strong level of professionalism, dedication, and commitment to excellence, quickly understanding the needs of his clients and candidates to provide the highest level of support throughout the recruitment process. Joe received his Bachelor's degree in Marketing from The College of New Jersey in May of 2020. He enjoys sports, the beach, and traveling, visiting a different country every year.

Olivia LaBau
Recruiter

Olivia joined the Lease & LaBau team in 2022 after nearly five years in Business Development at AmLaw100 firms. Her previous experience working in a legal setting affords her the ability to advise candidates, with an eye toward a candidate's personal and professional goals while simultaneously providing insight on the inner-workings of New York's top law firms.

Olivia received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and History from Providence College. Olivia enjoys watching Providence Basketball, trying new restaurants throughout New York City, and spending summers at the beach.