Kathi and her team know our business, understand our staffing needs, and work tirelessly to help us find top legal talent! Kathi has been instrumental in matching highly-skilled and experienced candidates with our Deckers legal team to help us fill key positions on our team. I trust and highly recommend the Whalen Bryan team!


Daalia Refaat
Sr. Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Senior Legal Counsel
Deckers Brands
Santa Barbara, CA

Kathi Whalen has been supplying my firm (and my former firm) for at least the last 25 years. We have had several great candidates come through our doors and the hires have been solid. Kathi knows her business and, more importantly to me, knows our business.

Jon Light
Managing Attorney
Camarillo, CA

Whalen Bryan has placed terrific people with our law firm. The process has always been efficient and pleasant. We also regularly recommend Whalen Bryan to our clients and friends for in-house legal staff and law firm staff.

Steve Sereboff
So Cal IP Law Group
Santa Barbara, CA

Kathi is a very friendly, personable and professional recruiter. She listens with her heart. In my opinion, Kathi is one of the leading legal recruiters in Santa Barbara. Finding staff with legal experience in Santa Barbara is very challenging, and Kathi is a miracle worker.


Linda Ford
Price, Postel & Parma LLP

I would not hesitate to refer anyone to Whalen Bryan Inc. I have full confidence in Kathi Whalen's integrity & ability.

Steve Henderson
Executive Director/CEO
Ventura County Bar Association
Ventura, CA

Kathi remains my go-to-person for legal recruiting. She’s strategically placed numerous positions on my legal staff ranging in experience for both public and private companies. All of which continue to be high performers that fit the culture perfectly. She brings a personal focused approach - I have always felt that my needs have been top priority.

Pedro J. Lopez-Baldrich
CDTi, Interim CEO & General Counsel
Patagonia, General Counsel & VP of Operations

Working with Kathi has been an enriching experience that has had profoundly positive effects on many areas of my life. Not only did she facilitate connection with the appropriate and desired opportunities for my career and life goals at the right times, her care and interest in helping on a human level always shines through. Kathi has a deep and genuine interest in improving the lives and working relationships of those with whom she works and surrounds herself. I would highly recommend her to all companies as well as job seekers. She will have your back and be truthful and forthright.

Jami S.
Law Office Administrator
Santa Barbara, CA

Kathi took the time to ask me questions to find out what I was hoping for in a new job. She did an amazing job of finding something for me that was a perfect fit. She has wonderful intuition and gave me great advice along the way. Anyone who partners with Kathi for their next job is in excellent hands.

Stephanie S.
Santa Barbara, CA