Jamie Bailey - Legal Recruiter and Partner at Chicago Midwest Office

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Jamie Bailey is a PartnerĀ in BCG Attorney Search's Chicago office and is responsible for BCG Attorney Search's Midwest region. Prior to establishing BCG Attorney Search's Chicago office, she acted as recruiting director for Hopkins & Sutter and Foley & Lardner in Chicago. With more than 20 years of experience in the legal industry, her contacts in the Midwest are pervasive. She has access to a breadth of high-level legal professionals, including managing partners, hiring partners, practice group leaders and recruiting professionals.

Jamie has placed associate and partner level candidates in virtually every practice area in the most prestigious international, national, regional and boutique law firms across the Midwest, including law firms in Chicago, Michigan, Minneapolis, Ohio, and Wisconsin, and also in Colorado. She has particular expertise in exclusive and contingency searches at the partner level. Law firm managing partners and practice group leaders have also called upon Jamie to assist them with internal lateral hiring strategies, practice group growth and acquisitions, and servicing their corporate clients' hiring needs.

Attracted to BCG by its knowledge of the industry, its approach to the recruiting process and its standard of representation, Jamie identified with BCG Attorney Search's core value of providing attorneys the best representation and knowledge of firms while providing law firms the highest quality candidate. Her unique vantage of having served on both sides of the fence affords her the opportunity to bring attorneys and firms together with the confidence that she is aiding both to achieve their long-term goals.

Speeches and Engagements
  • November 8, 2012
    Participant, Northwestern University School of Law Mock Interview Program

  • March 4, 2009
    Speaker, ''State of the Market'', the University of Detroit Mercy Law School

  • November 13, 2008
    Participant, Northwestern University School of Law Mock Interview Program.

  • October 14, 2008
    Panelist, Chicago Area Legal Personnel Administrators' Panel: ''Lateral Hire Market Updates''

  • February 28 and 29, 2008
    Panelist, American Conference Institute: ''Law Firm Lateral Hiring and Integration'' Conference, New York

  • February 21, 2008
    Speaker, ''State of the Market'', Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

  • November 5, 6 and 8, 2007
    Participant, Northwestern University School of Law Mock Interview Program

  • April 5, 2007
    Speaker, ''State of the Market'', Ohio State University Law School

  • March 30, 2007
    Speaker, ''State of the Market'', University of Maryland Law School

  • March 1, 2007
    Speaker, ''State of the Market'', University of Wisconsin Law School in Madison, Wisconsin

  • February 8, 2007
    Speaker, ''State of the Market'', Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington, Indiana

  • November 9 and November 14, 2006
    Participant, Northwestern University School of Law Mock Interview Program

  • February 3, 2006
    Panelist, Chicago Bar Association's Career Enhancement Day: ''State of the Job Market: Resources to Nail that Target Opportunity.''

  • April 20, 2005
    Panelist, National Association for Law Placement (''NALP'') Annual Conference, ''Headhunters: Can't Live With 'Em, Can't Shoot 'Em''

Articles Contributed

  • Recently, I had the privilege of working with Jamie in your Chicago office and wanted to express how much I enjoyed working with her and BCG during my job search. Most candidates who have used other recruiters before BCG probably share the same story-a recruiter spends a short amount of time with a candidate and then wants to peddle a resume to a number of potential employers or sell you on an open position in another firm. Unlike recruiters at other organizations, Jamie spent a considerable amount of time with me at the beginning of the process learning about my background, skill set, and motivations to find firms that would be a good fit. She was friendly and straightforward. She identified my strengths and weaknesses as a candidate and offered useful suggestions on preparing for interviews. Jamie also prepared detailed summaries about me for firms that interviewers remarked were very helpful to them.

    With Jamie's help, I received an offer within six weeks. Throughout the process, I was impressed by not only her professionalism and investment of time in my search, but also by her genuine care and concern for me as an individual. I would highly recommend Jamie to anyone in the market.

  • BCG recruiters have participated in a number of Northwestern Law career programs, including our Mock Interview Program and our Market Series, which introduces students to different legal markets around the country. We have been extremely pleased with the recruiters from BCG who have generously given of their time to help students in their career planning. We have received excellent feedback from students about the recruiters and the programs they have presented. We're looking forward to working with BCG on future programs.

  • I can't thank Jamie enough for her assistance in my transition. Jamie clearly had information about the firms which was more than that publicly available. It made a difficult process for me considerably less so.

  • Following my initial consultation with Jamie, she came back to me with an extensive list of firms who were looking for someone with my level of experience. All were very suitable, several impressive and some outstanding.

  • When I contacted Jamie I said that I wasn't even sure if I wanted to stay in the law. Jamie was very understanding. There was no coercion but Jamie said this is what I have on the table at the moment, these are the firms and this is what they are like. Jamie pointed out that it didn't have to be as it was at my previous firm. Jamie was very familiar with the Chicago market, she knew lots of information about the firms she suggested to me. The pace was pretty fast, all in all, about 3 weeks from discussion to offer. Ultimately, I took an offer and, at the 6 month point, its exactly as it was described.

  • I was absolutely thrilled with the service I received from BCG Attorney Search and from Jamie in particular. I've recommended you to several friends already.

  • After each interview, Jamie provided me with solid feedback of my performance, including my strengths and weaknesses, it was invaluable. I got the impression that Jamie was an old hand at this, she was very confident in her guidance. She also knew so many people in the industry and large amounts of detail about each firm.

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