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Dyana Barninger

Senior Director of Lawyer & Consultant Recruiting


As Faegre Drinker’s senior director of legal recruitment, Dyana Barninger utilizes her knowledge of the legal industry to find top talent in all levels of experience — from law students to lateral partners. She leverages over two decades of experience in lawyer talent management to implement effective and innovative strategies that attract top legal talent across the firm's practice groups. Dyana partners with key stakeholders to advise and strategically forecast talent acquisition needs, in furtherance of the firm's goals and values.

Dyana regularly collaborates with the firm’s D&I leaders on strategies to integrate and align the firm’s commitment to DEI with the lawyer recruiting policies and practices. Additionally, she guides and manages efforts to implement new technology, processes, and an overall more efficient talent acquisition processes. Dyana also helps the firm navigate talent-related challenges and opportunities at a leadership level, drawing on significant experience in change management, strategic planning, risk management and compliance.

Dyana is a frequent speaker and contributor on legal industry topics including lateral hiring best practices, entry-level recruitment, career development and management.

Prior Experience

Dyana has led the lawyer recruitment and professional development functions at three AmLaw 50 firms before joining Faegre Drinker. In those roles, in addition to talent acquisition, she oversaw the administration of associate development programs, associate work allocation, performance evaluations and pro bono initiatives. Dyana played a role in helping one firm become Mansfield certified and helped create policies to diversify lawyer candidate pools at all levels.

She has also collaborated with marketing teams in previous roles to launch recruitment campaigns in the U.S., U.K. and Australia.



George Washington University
Bachelor of Business in Business Administration (1999)

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • NALP (1999-present) — Board of Directors (2017-19); Chair, Innovating Talent Acquisition Task Force (2015-16); Chair, Recruiting Section (2013-14), Vice Chair (2012-13, 2014-15); Nominating Committee (2011-12); Conference Planning Committee, vice chair (2009-10), elected member (2007-08); Recruitment Practices Committee, Chair (2002)
  • WALRAA (1999-2014) — Strategic Planning Committee, Chair (2009); Member (2014); Board of Directors, elected member (2002-08); Treasurer (2003); President (2008)
  • NALSC (National Association of Legal Search Consultants), 2019-present
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