Your Perfect Partner for Legal Recruiting

bonnie youn managing director

Bonnie M. Youn, Esq.

Managing Director

Bonnie M. Youn, Esq.

Bonnie is the Managing Director of The RMN Agency, a recognized leader, legal talent cultivator and dream maker. She leverages decades of experience as an attorney and a community activist to recruit lawyers and legal professionals. She is accessible, positive and genuinely inspired to distill each attorney’s aspirations and goals and closely align those qualities with meaningful career opportunities.

Bonnie advises lawyers and legal professionals at all levels of experience for their job search. She also counsels employers seeking to hire the right talent for their needs. She has placed General Counsel, Partners, In-House Counsel, Associates, Staff & Contract Attorneys and other legal professionals. In 2022, she was selected by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners as their Executive Recruiter to successfully place the current Fulton County District Attorney. Her recruiting philosophy is to pursue every legal job search as a dream job opportunity. She says a confluence of accessibility, personal guidance and insider legal market knowledge helps make The RMN Agency a perfect partner for legal recruiting in Atlanta.

Think of our Atlanta legal recruiting team as your career sherpas. We serve as an invaluable resource at every stage of your legal job search — preparing you for interviews, providing feedback, negotiating compensation, navigating giving notice and job departure, on-boarding to your new role, and providing on-going support through and beyond your start date. This level of engagement, coaching and preparation translates into highly positive results for both legal talent and hiring employers.

 
Background

Before joining The RMN Agency, Bonnie was a successful immigration attorney for nearly two decades. She was a partner in a boutique Atlanta law firm before founding her own practice. She began her legal career as a Staff Attorney with the U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit, which she joined when she moved to Atlanta in 1994.

Ethnically Korean and born in the Philippines, Bonnie’s commitment to civic engagement is centered on giving back to Atlanta’s Asian American and other diverse communities. She is a long-time Board Member, Programming Chair and Past President of the Georgia Asian Pacific American Bar Association (GAPABA), and currently serves as Co-Chair of its non-profit charitable arm, the GAPABA Law Foundation. Organizing hundreds of legal programs and activities, she has been an integral part of planning the annual GAPABA Gala – attended by dozens of general counsel, judges and elected leaders. She is a tireless mentor to law students, often conducting mock interviews and law resume reviews for various bar associations including the Georgia Hispanic Bar Association (GHBA) and the Korean American Bar Association of Georgia (KABA-GA), where she served as a former Board Member. She also has been on the Board of ArtsATL since 2019, a non-profit online media platform providing critical coverage of the arts in metro-Atlanta.

Bonnie’s civic impact and leadership have earned her local and national recognition, including receiving the GAPABA Han C. Choi Mentor Award (2019) for her mentorship of attorneys and law students; and the Heart of GAPABA Award (2015) for her years of service and contributions to GAPABA. The Georgia Asian Times included Bonnie among its Top 25 Most Influential Asian Americans in Georgia (2013). In 2012, she was named a White House Cesar Chavez Community Champion of Change for her contributions to immigrant communities. Bonnie has led civic groups that have organized multiple March 16th Remembrance events at the  Georgia Capitol, marking the anniversary of the Atlanta mass AAPI spa shootings, and organizing several Georgia AAPI Legislative Days. She also worked closely with the White House Initiative on AAPIs to organize the first Southeast Regional Action Summit.

Bonnie received her JD from Boston University School of Law and her B.A. in English and American Literature from Brown University. In 2012, Brown University named Bonnie among its Outstanding Asian American Alumni. A resident of Atlanta since 1994, she’s a fan of Atlanta United soccer and is often in the stands cheering loudly with her husband Frank McDonald, an organic chemistry professor at Emory University.

 

Bonnie’s Career Advice for Lawyers

Bonnie counsels that too often, the enemy of career advancement is self-doubt. “Don’t fall for imposter syndrome. Being humble is an amazing quality, but not when it holds you back from your dream job,” she says. “We each carry the weight of our personal stories, experiences and life challenges. Stay light on your feet and chase your legal career and life dreams. We’re here to help you.”

Professional & Community Affiliations
Speaking Engagements
  • Moderator, Long-Overdue Reparations for African Americans: Why AAPI’s Should Care – 2022 NAPABA Convention

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