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I first met this candidate in February 2019, when she reached out to us about a litigation opening we had posted on the BCG website. This candidate was very junior, law school class of 2018, and had attended a regional law school. She had, however, excelled in law school, graduating ranked second in her class and serving on the executive board of her school's law review. After reviewing her resume, I reached out to the candidate via text message and set up an introductory phone call for the next day. READ MORE >
Every time that I place a candidate at a law firm, I try to take away some lesson, or some rule that I can apply to other candidates. Of course, it is hard to do this, as every candidate is different in his or her own unique way (his or her "unique value proposition", as my CEO calls it). But there are always some general overarching themes that I take away from each candidate, and the same is true for the candidate that I just placed. READ MORE >
Every candidate placement teaches me something and adds valuable data to my Recruiter knowledge bank. Occasionally, a candidate placement will challenge preconceived notions that I've held about certain types of candidates and whether or not they are marketable. In the case of the candidate that I just placed, the idea that was challenged was that unemployed candidates are by and large unmarketable, and that once you've left Big Law, you're never going back. READ MORE >
The candidate that I just placed, a Class of 2016 Associate at a Big Law firm in Portland, taught me a couple of valuable lessons: 1) Candidates come to you at all different points of their lateral firm searches. Some are ready to hit the ground running and apply broadly, others are interested to see what's on the market, but perhaps only want to submit a couple of applications or a couple of feelers, and still others are not ready to get their search started quite yet, but want to establish a relationship with a Recruiter for when they are ready to hit the ground running. READ MORE >
The lateral hiring process can be very quick or it can take several months to a year or more. In the case of this candidate, the process was very, very quick! Before I placed this candidate, the quickest that I had experienced was about two weeks. In the case of this candidate, the process took only a week to slightly less than a week - six days! READ MORE >
Making a lateral move as an experienced attorney without a book of business is possible, if you have specialized experience in a busy practice area. READ MORE >
An appellate litigator in his fourteenth year of practice with top credentials who was a (non-equity) partner at an extremely well-regarded firm left his firm to take a high-level position with the government. When the security clearance process started taking too long, coupled with the fact that the new administration was taking actions his wife found questionable, the attorney began to reevaluate the move. READ MORE >
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This placement was a very interesting one. I'd been working with a junior to mid-level Labor & Employment candidate since the end of July. She was never very responsive to me, but did approve fairly large batches of firms in July, August, and September. She didn't want to send me her transcript (apparently her grades were not good) and did not tell me when she left her firm in August. I realized on my own that she had left her firm sometime after August, as she was no longer on her firm's website. However, at the end of November, she became much more responsive. I started approaching her with several Labor & Employment opportunities, both Plaintiff's Side and Defense, and it turned out that the firm that she had accepted on her own in August was terrible and she wanted to leave as soon as possible. READ MORE >
I usually find and bring in new candidates by texting and emailing candidates through my company's database, or by emailing lawyers at their firm email addresses outside of our database. I do occasionally have prospective candidates reach out to me by LinkedIn personal message, which I always really appreciate, and this was the case with the candidate whom I just placed. READ MORE >
We are finding that 2016 law school graduates are just starting to be marketable now. I have been working with a 2016 graduate since the end of October, and have only very recently placed him. He is currently at a very small firm in Los Angeles (practically a solo practitioner's office), and was looking to make an upward move in his career to a bigger firm. We did get him an interview almost immediately after submitting him in October, but the firm's feedback was that while they really liked him, his experience was too limited and for too short of a period of time. READ MORE >
A corporate attorney in Texas was interested in relocating to the San Diego area. Her husband was with a military and going to be stationed in the area. The attorney had excellent qualifications and overall very strong skills as a corporate attorney with a major law firm. In addition, anticipating the move to California the attorney had taken the bar exam while working a rigorous schedule in the current firm. READ MORE >
An attorney from a top law firm in Detroit contacted me looking to relocate to New York City. The attorney had been a referral from an attorney that I had placed from a firm in Detroit in a major city as well. The attorney had attended a local law school and did not have the sort of qualifications that attorneys typically have in major New York law firms; however, the attorney was with a major law firm and had gotten very good experience with this firm both as a summer associate and associate within the firm. The attorney had also done exceptionally well at the law school they attended. READ MORE >
A trademark attorney with a small law firm in New York City contacted me looking to move to a larger law firm. While the attorney was working for a law firm, this firm did not comprise more than a few other attorneys. The attorneys practice was solely doing trademark related work that they had good experience doing it. The attorney had attended college in New York City and also who graduated from a local New York law school where they had been a night student. READ MORE >
An unemployed bankruptcy attorney in Chicago contacted me seeking a new position in Chicago. The attorney had gone to a top law school in college and lost their position after approximately a year and a half practice. In addition, the attorney had somewhat of an unusual background because they had never gotten a position as a summer associate either. They had run into trouble getting their first job out of law school and had worked in a public interest job for a year before getting their first position. READ MORE >
A bankruptcy attorney who originally worked in New York City after law school had left to go to a smaller East Coast market. The attorney had been in the smaller market for the past few years when they decided that they wanted to return to the fast pace of New York City. This was unusual, most New York City attorneys leave this market and go to work in smaller markets because there is more perceived opportunity, fewer hours and it appears to make more sense for them as a place to settle down. Here, this attorney was making the opposite move and wanted to work in the most competitive firms they could find in New York City. READ MORE >
A contract attorney currently working at a law firm in the Midwest contacted me looking to move to Seattle. The attorney had excellent qualifications but the firm they were currently working for was not that busy. In fact, the attorney only had enough work to keep themselves busy as a contract attorney. The attorney had excellent qualifications but because a law firm did not have enough work, they were interested in investigating other opportunities. The attorney spent time in Seattle with friends and thought a move there would be something they would enjoy. READ MORE >
An attorney who spent the past year working as a contract attorney contacted me looking to transition back to a large law firm. The attorney had been out of school for several years; however, prior to becoming a contract attorney the attorney had worked for several years in major Texas law firms. The attorney also had excellent law firm experience with these firms and a good law school pedigree. In addition, the attorney was a hard worker and someone that I knew would succeed if they found the right firm. READ MORE >
It is quite common for attorneys to drop out of the practice of law and go to business school and then decide before the end of their second year of business school that they would prefer to return to the practice of law. This does not happen often, but it is something that I see at least a few times a year. An attorney will leave a large law firm in New York City, Los Angeles, the Bay Area, Chicago or another large city in the United States and will attend a prestigious business school. I’ve placed attorneys recently that were graduating from the University of Chicago business school, UCLA business school, Michigan business school, Berkeley business school and Duke. READ MORE >
A senior patent attorney originally from Michigan but currently working in Miami contacted us looking to relocate back to Michigan. At the time, the attorney had not been working in Miami very long and was interested in returning. READ MORE >
A senior real estate attorney unemployed for the past five years contacted me looking for a position anywhere in the country. The attorney formally worked in a major city on the East Coast in the real estate practice area for several years for a major law firm. While the attorney enjoyed being involved in real estate, they worked excessive hours, which finally burned out their desire to practice law. The attorney took several years off during which they traveled extensively, wrote and took advantage of many outside interests — including volunteering. Nevertheless, having relaxed and experienced outside interests, the attorney decided they were interested in returning to the practice of law. READ MORE >
An of counsel attorney with a major New York City law firm contacted me interested in relocating to Boston. The attorney had a multimillion dollar book of business, however, the firm they were with was large enough and prestigious enough that they were not interested in elevating this particular attorney to a partner role. The attorney wanted to work for major Boston firm and knew this would be possible in Boston but not necessarily within a top New York City law firm. READ MORE >
A healthcare attorney in New Jersey reached out to me seeking a position in another law firm. The attorney had an excellent background. They worked in the healthcare industry during law school and received a Master’s degree in a health-related discipline. The attorney’s current position was in healthcare, yet they wanted to find another law firm that would allow them to grow. The attorney was not practicing with a large law firm, and did not have the best law school credentials. However, none of this really mattered for many attorneys in the healthcare practice area. Healthcare has been a very active practice area for the past several years and the number of attorneys with this training is low. READ MORE >
A senior ERISA attorney contacted us after losing their job because the partner they work for died in a tragic accident. Once the partner died, the work they were doing ceased, and the ERISA attorney no longer had enough to support themselves. While the attorney had some business of their own— a decent amount of business— this was not enough work to make them self-supporting at the national firm they were at and they had to leave. READ MORE >
A labor and employment associate at a small law firm contacted me. They were interested in moving to a larger law firm. The attorney attended a top law school where they finished at the top of their class. In addition, the attorney was a summer associate at a major American law firm and also received an offer from that firm. During the attorney’s third year of law school, a partner the attorney worked for during the summer, left to start their own law firm. They called the attorney and asked her if she would like to join them and, incredibly, she did even though they offered her a drastically lower compensation in addition to the risk of going to a brand-new firm. READ MORE >
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James FicenecUniversity of California, Berkeley, Class Of 1989Placed at Newmeyer & Dillion, L.L.P.
"I felt that the individuals that I worked with were very responsive and worked hard to..." Read more
Cameron WilliamsonDuke University School of Law, Class Of 2015Placed at Kirkland & Ellis LLP.
"[My favorite thing about working with BCG Attorney Search was] that there was a level of contact every week. I..." Read more
Anthony RufoSuffolk University Law School, Class Of 2009Placed at DLA Piper.
"It was really easy to work with [BCG Attorney Search]. I was able to get a wide variety of options that I may not..." Read more
Erin KaprelianNew York University School of Law, Class Of 2009Placed at Swissport USA, Inc.
"I would have to say that my favorite thing about working with BCG and Karen was the extent..." Read more
Frank GeorgeThe University of Akron School of Law, Class Of 2018Placed at McCarthy, Lebit, Crystal & Liffman Co., L.P.A.
"I had access to a very large volume of opportunities and openings, I appreciated the depth..." Read more
Matthew NazarethNew York University School of Law, Class Of 2011Placed at Meyers Nave Riback Silver & Wilson, PLC