rodney abstone
Rodney L. Abstone-Carabajal, MA, JD

Role: Chief Executive Officer - South America
President, Board of Directors

Expertise: Law firm mergers and acquisitions; partners and practice groups; C-level recruiting; diversity recruiting and retention

Alma Mater: Pepperdine University School of Law (JD), Butler
University (MA, BS, BA)

In his spare time: Cooking; entertaining; traveling abroad; playing the viola; collecting original art from around the world

(312) 602-2549 - Direct
(312) 351-2600 - Mobile


"Our working group, which includes both transactional and litigation concentration, recently had the pleasure of working with Rodney when we elected to seek a new platform for our practice. Although we had been well-situated in a highly respected firm, we sought to transition into a firm with greater resources and a global footprint. Rodney's extensive personal connections and highly regarded profile among the vanguard of highly respected firm managing partners and lateral coordinators was a key factor in our good fortune of receiving multiple offers from those ranks. Rodney's well-deserved reputation among elite firms is balanced by his seasoned experience. His advice and guidance was strongly beneficial in the process of identifying the best fit for us and establishing mutually satisfactory arrangements which have already boosted both the range and depth of our practice. Rodney's diplomatic, straightforward performance is impressively bolstered by his dedication and accessibility. Just as we had been assured would be the case by others who had previously worked with Rodney, we were made to feel that our project was Rodney's top priority. We were nothing short of amazed at the rapid pace in which he proceeded to smoothly handle all aspects of his responsibilities. Summing up our opinion of Rodney in two words is easy: Utterly topnotch."

- Practice Group Partners, Am Law 100 Law Firm




Rodney ​L. ​Abstone​-Carabajal,​ speaks about retention i​n law firms in​​ ​an​ exclusive scene from the ​D​ocufilm series, "Talent Attraction."


Mr. Abstone-Carabajal focuses his representation primarily on law firm partners, practice groups and mergers. Additionally, he represents Executive Directors, Administrators, Chief Executive Officers, Chief Operating Officers, Chief Financial Officers, Chief Legal Officers, General Counsels, Board of Directors, and other senior-level management within international, national, and local law firms, Fortune 500 publicly and privately-held corporations, and not-for-profit organizations. 


Mr. Abstone-Carabajal's expertise also extends to diversity recruiting and retention, succession planning, management restructuring, compensation structuring and arbitration, and career counseling. A frequent speaker at local universities, national conferences and other events, Mr. Abstone-Carabajal is often recognized by high-profile legal and corporate executives throughout the country for his keen knowledge of the legal and corporate executive markets.


A nationally-recognized expert on diversity recruiting and retention in law firms, Mr. Abstone-Carabajal is a frequent speaker on the subject. He was invited to take part in a discussion on law firm diversity as part of a panel of African-American managing partners, and has also acted as a consultant to one of the world's largest law firms on diversity recruiting, retention, and image. Mr. Abstone has published industry-related articles in several national publications and is a regular contributor to The National Law Review and Recruiting Trends.


A professional member of the Institute of Management Consultants USA and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Mr. Abstone-Carabajal is also a member of the prestigious Executives' Club of Chicago and an active member and Master Mason with the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons. He serves on the Board of Directors for several Chicago- and New York-based philanthropic and social service organizations that focus on HIV/AIDS, adolescent homelessness, LGBT issues, and the fine arts.


Prior to co-founding AbstoneLalley, Mr. Abstone-Carabajal served as the Managing Partner for a nationally-recognized litigation outsourcing company. He also founded and was the Executive Director of the retained, executive search division of one of Chicago's oldest and most well-respected legal search firms.


Mr. Abstone-Carabajal holds a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism, both from Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. He earned his Juris Doctor from Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu, California and a Master of Arts degree in journalism from Butler University. Mr. Abstone-Carabajal is a violist.

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