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An Atlanta native, Jennifer McNeil is a recruiter in BCG’s Southern Region. She handles partner, counsel and associate placements in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico. She is known for her brainstorming abilities as well as a tendency towards both reason and intuition, and her unique background in law, business and psychology make her an exceptionally gifted legal recruiter and great addition to the BCG team.
Prior to transitioning to legal recruiting, Ms. McNeil worked as a bankruptcy attorney at the New York City offices of Covington & Burling LLP and Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Her selection of bankruptcy law was motivated by a longtime interest in business issues as well as a judicial clerkship at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. She is a member of the California and New York bars.
Ms. McNeil grew up in the Atlanta area, where her father was a civil engineer for the U.S. Department of Transportation and her mother was an accountant for Emory University. She attended college at Emory, where she pursued a double major in Psychology and Art History, as well as a minor in Studio Art (Photography). With an aptitude and interest in helping people work through problems, she initially considered pursuing a career as a therapist, but now uses her Psychology background to help attorneys make career decisions.
She ended up deciding on law school at the University of Michigan. At Michigan, her lifetime fascination with Native American culture and regalia led her to serve as Co-Chair of the Native American Law Students Association, which sponsored conferences each year that corresponded to a major pow wow in the region. She also exercised the business side of her mind by conducting a survey of international antitrust laws for a professor at the Ross School of Business.
After six years of law practice, Ms. McNeil returned to Atlanta to get an M.B.A. at Emory’s Goizueta Business School. Her emphasis was on Strategy and Finance. After graduating she worked at a boutique management consulting firm specializing in retailers. Ms. McNeil’s two siblings also are M.B.A’s – one works for Dell and the other for Time Warner.
When not working with her candidates, Ms. McNeil enjoys quilting, knitting, macramé and other crafts. She also makes her own essential oil-based beauty products. She has a small herb garden and attends yoga classes at a neighborhood studio. She enjoys being outside in Atlanta’s many parks, having dinner with friends, and finding hidden treasures at local antique shows and flea markets. She has two cats and a Papillon dog.
I love that I didn't have to do a lot of the searching myself. I didn't have to get the materials together like the cover letter and things like that, she just listened while we had a short conversation about what I was interested in and she checked off all the boxes and she found places that matched my criteria. The second part was the preparation she gave me for actually interviewing and how to do it with acceptance. From 1-10, I would give BCG a 10. I wasn't stressed at all, I didn't have to put forth any hours searching for anything, like I said, just being able to tell Jennifer everything I wanted and for her to come back with opportunities that matched that criteria, did like 90% of the work for me. BCG is number 1.
I love that I had to put in little to no effort to get this job, to be honest with you besides the actual interview I had to go on, but no paperwork or any of that other stuff. She did a really good job of doing all of that for me and she helped me figure out what I wanted as well. It saved me a lot of time, my schedule is pretty busy and when you are already working full time, if someone else can find the things that you're looking for and knew what I wanted, which I wanted to move to a different city so, it really cut the time and effort that I had to put in and allowed me to focus on how best I could present myself in person to the firms that were actually interested. I got what I wanted and on so on a scale of 1 to 10, you guys are a 10, so you're ranked #1.
I don't have experience working with any other search firms, but Jennifer was just really available to talk, she was helpful and it was a positive experience. I felt comfortable talking to her about any concerns I had and she was very responsive whenever I had questions. I basically didn't even have to do anything in my search.
[My favorite thing about working with BCG] was that it was very little work for me to do which is what I was looking for. Jennifer knew who was hiring and I knew very little about the market before talking to her, she made it all super easy and honestly it was a lot faster than I expected. I think I talked to her and then within a week I had an interview for the next week and then I had an offer the next day so I appreciated that she was just very efficient. BCG and Jennifer covered everything. I told her what I was looking for, the type of practice and which market I was looking at and she did everything else. I was stressed about how I was going to do it and she completely took it off my plate. BCG is number 1.
I thought that the two [recruiters] I worked with were both very helpful and knowledgeable, both in terms of our phone conversations and [the fact that] they also sent me good prep material. Pretty much all aspects of [working with BCG made my job searched easier and] helped with identifying opportunities that I wouldn't have otherwise. They worked [with me on] interview prep. The whole experience was very positive. I've only ever worked with one other company closely, [but] I was very happy with the whole experience [of working with BCG]. [The] recruiters were very knowledgeable. I even saw some interview [prep materials] and thought that was very well done. So I was very impressed and happy the whole time.
I felt that you were very responsive. In particular, Jennifer...was great. I really felt like you were supportive too, with information that helped [me] go through the entire process and prepare for interviews and things. I thought that was great. You guys were very responsive and provided a lot of information to assist me through the whole process. Quite honestly, I think you are a step above everybody else. You set a standard above what the other recruiting services do [with] what you offered. Excellence would be a word [that describes you]. I would rank you the top company that I have ever worked with, by far. I think you did a superb job of really preparing me for some of the unique challenges [of] interviewing with law firms [I was] faced with. I am very, very grateful for the service [you provided]. I've already told somebody [they] need to get in touch with this company and I have forwarded a couple emails and contact information to them.
The recruiter I worked with had a pretty direct pipeline to the firm that I was interested in, and she was pretty knowledgeable about the type of firm that I was interested in going to. [Working with BCG Attorney Search made my job easier because] it was how I learned about the position that I ended up accepting. I would say [BCG is] pretty plugged in to the legal community...you are very professional and knowledgeable.
[BCG Attorney Search] responded to my correspondence very quickly. They seemed to be more proactive than everybody else I have worked with. I guess those are the two things that probably jump out at me. I felt like because you were so proactive I didn't have to be simultaneously looking. If a job hit the market [I trust that] you guys would find it. [BCG Attorney Search is] proactive, helpful, and timely. The best [legal recruiter] I've worked with. [You are] a great recruiting firm that actually seems interested in helping me find a job and not just fill[ing] a current vacancy.
[My] favorite thing [about BCG] is Jennifer. She's a really, really nice person, straight shooter, and fun to talk to. She's an excellent person to be doing this kind of thing. I have worked with a bunch [of other recruiters]. I think you would be number one at this stage. I've worked with two other ones on this job search and you guys did more for me in terms of interviews and obviously you placed me. [There are] a lot of firms that you work with, so statistically there is good opportunity there.
I liked Jennifer McNeil. She helped me get this job, and I didn't realize that this was a position that was available.BCG was responsive, professional, and confident. I would say that you are the best recruiting firm. BCG was very helpful for me.