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Education Juris Doctor, University of California, Hastings College of the Law
Bachelor of Arts, University of California, San Diego
Claudia Barnes is a recruiter for BCG Attorney Search’s West Coast Region and serves as the company’s General Manager. She is one of the company’s most veteran and respected recruiters, having been with BCG since 2002. She makes placements of partners, counsels and associates at firms of all sizes, from major international firms in Los Angeles, to boutique specialty firms in Palo Alto, to smaller regional firms in cities such as Tehachapi. In addition to placing candidates in firms throughout California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington, Ms. Barnes makes international placements in countries such as England, Dubai and China.
Ms. Barnes is known for her supportive, positive approach to recruiting. Many of her clients come to her during a difficult and stressful time, and they appreciate the way she provides emotional support along with the perspective, analysis and industry knowledge they need to move forward. Her goal is to enrich lives, enhance careers and establish relationships. She is proud that many of her clients stay in touch with her for years, become life-long friends, and, most importantly, secure jobs in which they can flourish.
Ms. Barnes was born and raised in Los Angeles. Her father is originally from Israel and works as a jeweler in LA’s downtown jewelry district. Her mother operates an on-line store that specializes in vintage jewelry pieces. Ms. Barnes attended the Buckley School in Sherman Oaks, where she thrived academically and in sports and the arts. She sang in the choir and was on the swim team. She played varsity volleyball and was selected as a Niketown Student Athlete of the Month.
She went to the University of California, San Diego – the first person in her family to go to college. She made the Dean’s List every semester and graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Psychology. She took a diverse assortment of classes, including many acting classes, but concentrated on science courses. She earned a place in an honors program that allowed her to research brain waves in connection with a study about whether people in comas and under anesthesia feel pain. She also worked in the labs of graduate-level professors who were studying the effects of drug addiction on brain tissue.
But it wasn’t all work and no play. She made time to backpack around Europe (including “Running with the Bulls” in Spain) and go bungee jumping in Switzerland. She still loves to travel and has been to Thailand, Brazil, Dubai, the Maldives, India, Guatemala, Belize and all over Europe, among other places. She’s also been to Israel many times, including when she was 14-years old to a youth camp run by the Israeli army, and to visit her father’s hometown of Jerusalem.
After college, she headed up to San Francisco to attend the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. She was active with the Women’s Law Journal and became interested in intellectual property law. She met a prominent IP lawyer who became her mentor during law school and encouraged her to work at the prestigious intellectual property firm, Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner in Palo Alto. While at the firm, she was assigned to the Trademark Prosecution Group but also worked on patent and trademark litigation matters.
Ms. Barnes valued the experience she received at Finnegan, but ultimately decided that recruiting was a better fit for her personality. She joined BCG after going there to seek career advice and finding herself interested in the legal recruiting profession. (In an interesting twist, after Ms. Barnes became an established recruiter, her former mentor from the Bay Area sought her out when he was considering a career change and she was able to help him find a great new position!)
Ms. Barnes is married to BCG founder, Harrison Barnes. They live in Los Angeles, California along with three daughters and several pets. They travel whenever they can – most recently to Thailand – and stay busy attending their girls’ school events and recitals and shuttling them to and from tennis, dance, piano and improvisational acting classes.
For her personal downtime, Ms. Barnes enjoys reading a variety of fiction and nonfiction books, including mysteries, self-improvement books, and books on parenting and child development. She also unwinds by playing the piano, which she has studied since she was 4-years old. She continues to deepen her understanding and appreciation of the instrument by taking weekly classes and plays concert-level pieces.
March 20, 2006
Tulane University Law School - "Overview of the California Legal Market"
I worked with Claudia and I just really liked her. She actually still keeps in touch. It seems like it was really about finding the right fit, and even if she wasn't the right fit she would still be there for me, so I really like her.
Working with BCG made it so I didn't really have to do much in terms of following up. She gave me advice on that. She let me know what was out there, and then she handled a lot of the negotiation process. So I didn't have to deal with that directly, which is good when you are working from home.
The first three words that come to mind when I think of BCG are friendly, reliable, and helpful.
I have had a better experience with my recruiter than many other people that I know. I would definitely recommend Claudia. Honestly I would just say that she is fantastic to work with and a really great person. You really need to trust the person that you are working with, especially since they make commission off of placing you. So if you don't really like or trust the person, there isn't much of an incentive to believe they have your best interest at heart. That's probably why I chose Claudia.
- Samantha Duplantis, Tulane Law, Class of 2011
Placed at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo
I started working with Claudia … She was really good. She kind of just jumped in and said, "Can I help you? Can we talk about this? What can we do? What are you thinking about?" I had some other offers that were through a different recruiter. Of course she emphasized the Milbank offer, but I believed what she said when she compared them, and I appreciated her advice. She also was open, and she said do you need help on neighborhoods and moving and all that stuff. I feel like she has handled this a lot. She knows what's going to happen. I debated asking for a signing bonus, since I had multiple offers. She then contacted Milbank and their recruiter and said would this be bad? We ended up finding a good way to get me a litter better deal than the original first offer. So I really appreciated her, her knowledge, and knowing how best to approach that and giving me advice on what and what would not be a good ideaa nd then I got an offer, which was amazing.
As far as getting a little bit better offer I think that was something Claudia was able to help, and I'm not sure I would have been able to do myself. It was nice to kind of have the in-between, for her to talk to their recruitment staff, so I didn't have to directly ask a partner, just to kind of test the waters. So I think that was where it was more helpful than had I been on my own.
The first three words that come to mind when I think of BCG Attorney Search are big, opportunity, and overall knowledgeable.
I would describe it as full of experience and opportunities. Keeping things confidential, like as you will too. So if you reach out, make sure both sides are confidential and I think that is respected. I like that. I would say there are a lot of people, I think I had six or seven people from BCG at one time or another connect with me on LinkedIn within about a three month span. I would say they are not all created equal. I would say talk to, and look at background and experience, before you decide which person you want to be your primary contact.
I cannot overstate how pleased I am with the work that Claudia provided and the results she helped me obtain. Unlike previous experience I've had with other recruiters, Claudia was able to focus my job search to only those firms where there was a good fit between what they were looking for and what I was looking for. She also provided invaluable advice as to how to position myself and my background for maximum effectiveness, whether by resume or in the interview itself. Finally, the "moral support" that Claudia was happy to provide was a bonus very much appreciated. In short, I landed the job I wanted, and I felt better throughout the whole process as a result of working with Claudia, too. I would recommend her to anybody thinking about a new job.