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Summary: Learn more about what it is like to be a Finance - Project Finance attorney in this article.
Finance - Project Finance Attorney

What Does a Finance - Project Finance Attorney Do?

  • This practice area deals with project finance work and emphasizes the financing, construction, and operation of massive projects around the world, including energy projects that involve power plants, refineries, hydroelectric dams, solar facilities, and wind farms.
  • Project finance is not limited to energy projects.
  • It also covers the financing, construction, and operation of large infrastructure projects such as airports, toll road systems, water treatment systems, railroads, and telecommunications systems.
  • Attorneys who practice in this area provide advice on legal issues that arise in connection with the projects, interface among the many parties involved in these often international transactions, and negotiate and draft the complicated contracts needed to complete massive energy and infrastructure projects across the globe.

Why Do Finance - Project Finance Attorneys Enjoy Their Jobs?
  • Attorneys who enjoy project finance like the fact that it is international in nature and can involve a lot of travel.
  • Attorneys in this practice area are often interacting with large companies, financial institutions, and also governments.
  • There are lots of opportunities for project finance attorneys to go in-house with large international banks.
  • People who are extremely well organized also tend to enjoy this practice because it requires a high level of organization.
  • Because of the high levels of technical proficiency needed to be good at this practice area, there is a high barrier to entry, which provides some level of employment stability.
  • Attorneys in this practice area also can relocate internationally more easily than attorneys in most other practice areas.
  • There is some international demand for US project finance attorneys.

What Are the Difficulties of Being a Finance - Project Finance Attorney?
  • The opportunities in this practice area tend to be confined to the largest markets (New York, Washington, DC, London, Singapore) and it is difficult for attorneys to relocate geographically.
  • The projects can often take years to complete, and the work can often become tedious and boring for many attorneys.
  • When the market slows down, it is extremely difficult for attorneys to lateral to other firms because the number of positions internationally is always quite small.

How Easy Is It to Move Laterally as a Finance - Project Finance Attorney?
  • This is a healthy practice area for lateral attorneys who are younger.
  • There tends to be opportunities for them in New York, Washington, DC and also internationally (Hong Kong, Singapore and to a lesser extent London).
  • There is a relatively small community of attorneys that does this work and just a few firms as well, and most of the major firms that do this work have attorneys in them that formerly worked for the other.
  • At the senior level, advancement is difficult for attorneys without significant business.
  • This is a difficult practice area to have a long term career in unless you are exceptional.
  • Attorneys who succeed in the long term in this practice area tend to have exceptional qualifications.

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About Harrison Barnes

Harrison Barnes is a prominent figure in the legal placement industry, known for his expertise in attorney placements and his extensive knowledge of the legal profession.

With over 25 years of experience, he has established himself as a leading voice in the field and has helped thousands of lawyers and law students find their ideal career paths.

Barnes is a former federal law clerk and associate at Quinn Emanuel and a graduate of the University of Chicago College and the University of Virginia Law School. He was a Rhodes Scholar Finalist at the University of Chicago and a member of the University of Virginia Law Review. Early in his legal career, he enrolled in Stanford Business School but dropped out because he missed legal recruiting too much.

Barnes' approach to the legal industry is rooted in his commitment to helping lawyers achieve their full potential. He believes that the key to success in the legal profession is to be proactive, persistent, and disciplined in one's approach to work and life. He encourages lawyers to take ownership of their careers and to focus on developing their skills and expertise in a way that aligns with their passions and interests.

One of how Barnes provides support to lawyers is through his writing. On his blog,, and, he regularly shares his insights and advice on a range of topics related to the legal profession. Through his writing, he aims to empower lawyers to control their careers and make informed decisions about their professional development.

One of Barnes's fundamental philosophies in his writing is the importance of networking. He believes that networking is a critical component of career success and that it is essential for lawyers to establish relationships with others in their field. He encourages lawyers to attend events, join organizations, and connect with others in the legal community to build their professional networks.

Another central theme in Barnes' writing is the importance of personal and professional development. He believes that lawyers should continuously strive to improve themselves and develop their skills to succeed in their careers. He encourages lawyers to pursue ongoing education and training actively, read widely, and seek new opportunities for growth and development.

In addition to his work in the legal industry, Barnes is also a fitness and lifestyle enthusiast. He sees fitness and wellness as integral to his personal and professional development and encourages others to adopt a similar mindset. He starts his day at 4:00 am and dedicates several daily hours to running, weightlifting, and pursuing spiritual disciplines.

Finally, Barnes is a strong advocate for community service and giving back. He volunteers for the University of Chicago, where he is the former area chair of Los Angeles for the University of Chicago Admissions Office. He also serves as the President of the Young Presidents Organization's Century City Los Angeles Chapter, where he works to support and connect young business leaders.

In conclusion, Harrison Barnes is a visionary legal industry leader committed to helping lawyers achieve their full potential. Through his work at BCG Attorney Search, writing, and community involvement, he empowers lawyers to take control of their careers, develop their skills continuously, and lead fulfilling and successful lives. His philosophy of being proactive, persistent, and disciplined, combined with his focus on personal and professional development, makes him a valuable resource for anyone looking to succeed in the legal profession.

About BCG Attorney Search

BCG Attorney Search matches attorneys and law firms with unparalleled expertise and drive, while achieving results. Known globally for its success in locating and placing attorneys in law firms of all sizes, BCG Attorney Search has placed thousands of attorneys in law firms in thousands of different law firms around the country. Unlike other legal placement firms, BCG Attorney Search brings massive resources of over 150 employees to its placement efforts locating positions and opportunities its competitors simply cannot. Every legal recruiter at BCG Attorney Search is a former successful attorney who attended a top law school, worked in top law firms and brought massive drive and commitment to their work. BCG Attorney Search legal recruiters take your legal career seriously and understand attorneys. For more information, please visit

Harrison Barnes does a weekly free webinar with live Q&A for attorneys and law students each Wednesday at 10:00 am PST. You can attend anonymously and ask questions about your career, this article, or any other legal career-related topics. You can sign up for the weekly webinar here: Register on Zoom

Harrison also does a weekly free webinar with live Q&A for law firms, companies, and others who hire attorneys each Wednesday at 10:00 am PST. You can sign up for the weekly webinar here: Register on Zoom

You can browse a list of past webinars here: Webinar Replays

You can also listen to Harrison Barnes Podcasts here: Attorney Career Advice Podcasts

You can also read Harrison Barnes' articles and books here: Harrison's Perspectives

Harrison Barnes is the legal profession's mentor and may be the only person in your legal career who will tell you why you are not reaching your full potential and what you really need to do to grow as an attorney--regardless of how much it hurts. If you prefer truth to stagnation, growth to comfort, and actionable ideas instead of fluffy concepts, you and Harrison will get along just fine. If, however, you want to stay where you are, talk about your past successes, and feel comfortable, Harrison is not for you.

Truly great mentors are like parents, doctors, therapists, spiritual figures, and others because in order to help you they need to expose you to pain and expose your weaknesses. But suppose you act on the advice and pain created by a mentor. In that case, you will become better: a better attorney, better employees, a better boss, know where you are going, and appreciate where you have been--you will hopefully also become a happier and better person. As you learn from Harrison, he hopes he will become your mentor.

To read more career and life advice articles visit Harrison's personal blog.

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