Merle Vaughn

WLALA & WLALA Foundation Executive Committee and Equity, Belonging & Anti-Racism

Merle Vaughn is our National Law Firm Diversity Practice Leader and a partner recruiter  based in our Los Angeles office. Since becoming a recruiter in 2003, Merle has been involved in several high-profile law firm partner and in-house placements in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. She has also been retained by corporations and law firms specifically for her expertise in diversity recruiting.

Merle was recently inducted as the first Diversity and Racial Justice Member on the Executive Committee of (WLALA). She is the past founder and Co-chair of the Southern California branch of Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF).  She is a sought-after speaker who is frequently asked to moderate and present as a thought leader in diversity, inclusion, equity and belonging. Merle is the host of a popular podcast – B.S.: Beyond Stereotypes.

An avid golfer, Merle is a member of the SCGA. When she is not golfing with her husband, Jeff, she is doting over her identical twin grandsons.