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At The Lawton Group, we are experts at solving people problems. From basic temporary and contingent workforce staffing, to hiring the best and the brightest for your leadership needs, we provide solutions attract, engage and retain your core assets – your people. 

Over the years, we have served many hundreds of employers, ranging from start-ups to Fortune 100 firms, and we have helped nearly 30,000 people to find rewarding employment!

In 1985, we began as a small, woman-owned administrative staffing firm, TLC Staffing, a brand still providing superior administrative and healthcare staffing solutions. Today, we are The Lawton Group, an organization providing staffing, recruiting and consulting solutions to employers throughout Southern California and beyond.

Our mission is to deliver creative, personalized solutions to our client’s people-related business challenges, and meaningful employment to our temporary associates as well as our candidates for permanent positions – being ever mindful of the impact our work has on the lives we touch. 

Our clients trust us to provide . . .

Intelligent ideas. We are recruiting and staffing experts, proving both tried-and-tested as well as innovative and cost-effective strategies to hire and build teams, develop leaders, and motivate and retain talent. This means you are assured of getting a recruiting and staffing partner you can trust to support your success.

Customized strategy. Each client is unique. At The Lawton Group, we develop customized solutions to your needs before we begin to tactically address them.  Your recruitment plan will be unique to your company, your requirements and your goals.

Personal service. We understand that you want a true partner, not a vendor pushing resumes to fill seats. We’ll work to truly understand your goals and elements for success and deliver the best and fastest service that fits your requirements.

Teamwork! At The Lawton Group, our recruiters don’t compete with one another for commissions. Our professionals work together to deliver more responsive, higher quality recruiting, staffing and consulting services. Their reward is your satisfaction, not simply their paycheck.

Contact us to discuss your current needs or future plans. We are eager to earn your trust!

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82% of our clients have been working with The Lawton Group 15 or more years!

Awards and Recognition

  • Top Direct Placement Firms, SDBJ
  • CEO of the Year Nominee, SDBJ
  • Women Who Mean Business Award, SDBJ
  • Fastest Growing Private Companies, SDBJ
  • Best in Class, Companies Less Than $10M, RFP Showdown, Staffing Industry Analysts
  • Top 500 Woman-Owned Businesses, Inc. Magazine
  • Enterprising Woman of the Year, Enterprising Woman Magazine
  • Fastest Growing Private Companies, SDBJ
  • Best in Class, Companies Less Than $10M, RFP Showdown, Staffing Industry Analysts
  • Women Who Mean Business Award, SDBJ
  • BRAVO Award, National Association of Women Business Owners
  • “Woman of Distinction, San Diego Regional Conference for Women
  • LEAD Graduates
  • Top 500 Woman Owned Businesses in USA, Diversity
  • Partnerships in Education, San Diego City Schools

Community Leadership

  • Board President – California Staffing Professionals
  • Board Member – San Diego Workforce Partnership
  • Chair – Workforce Investment Board 1999-2000
  • Chair/Member – Workforce Advancement Committee: Workforce Investment Board 2000-present
  • Board Member and Past Chair – School to Career Youth Council
  • Chapter President – California Staffing Professionals
  • Member – Soroptimist International of San Diego
  • Second Chance, Board Secretary
  • Founding Member, Pacific Center for Workforce Innovation, Board Secretary

Professional Memberships

  • American Staffing Association
  • Staffing Industry Analysts
  • California Staffing Professionals
  • Florida Staffing Professionals
  • SHRM
  • SDHR Forum
  • Executive Women International
  • Women President’s Organization


  • WOSB
  • DBE
  • SBE
  • CAC
  • CSP
  • WRC
  • Small Local Business Enterprise (SLBE)
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History and Fun Facts!

Posted on Sat Jan 01 1985
Since 1985
We started as a staffing firm...

In 1985, we first opened our doors as TLC Staffing. We had big dreams of creating a better kind of staffing firm; an organization that would deliver a higher level of service to both employers and job seekers.

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Getting modern

Bought our first fax machine

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Computers arrived!

We're in the big league now!

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Of course the flipper broke after about 2 weeks but we looked cool at networking events

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1996 - 1999
Dot Com Bubble

Our phones were ringing non-stop. We moved into a new 20,000 headquarters and opened new divisions to serve professional staffing needs including, IT, engineering, HR and Sales. Expanded into Inland Empire with the opening of new branch in Ontario.

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2000 to 2010
Reboot - twice

Let's not talk about the two recessions we've survived, although, we're certainly glad and proud that we did.

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Name Change and the addition of Healthcare Staffing

In order to capture the breadth and depth pf all our service divisions and their respective offerings, we branded ourselves as The Lawton Group, with TLC Staffing as one division of the group.

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We're in the cloud . . .

....and we can't believe we waited to long!

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We LOVE nurses!

By popular request of many of our healthcare clients, we added a nursing staffing division, staffing hospitals, clinics, surgery centers, and many other healthcare facilities.

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Advanced technology and mobile platforms!

2018 sees us increasing our cloud footprint and adapting newer and faster SaaS technology to assist our clients, candidates, employees and our internal staff. Robust national search integrations and mobile access to time and payroll, VMS capabilities, employee engagement, on-boarding, document control and follow-up are just a few of the enhancements rolling out beginning In February.


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