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Real Estate Attorney in a Major Law Firm Interested in Relocating to a Smaller One


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A real estate attorney working for a major law firm in New York City contacted me, interested in working for smaller law firm. Many millennial’s have an interest in practicing law but do not want to do so in major, demanding law firm environments. Here, this attorney’s only qualification was she wanted a job with a smaller law firm that would still allow her to do sophisticated work.
Real Estate Attorney in a Major Law Firm Interested in Relocating to a Smaller One

The attorney had excellent qualifications and was from New York and had attended law school in New York as well. In order to find a position for her, I researched the openings with small law firms in New York and started contacting them about my candidate. I was able to find a few smaller law firms that were interested in her and also had the stability to keep her employed for an extended period of time.
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Harrison Barnes

This attorney was a common sort of attorney that I have encountered over the past several years. The attorney loved practicing law but did not have interest in working long hours, working in a large law firm or even making partner. The attorney was not interested in speaking with even midsized firms and only wanted to speak to smaller law firms.
The attorney went out on the first interview and connected immediately with a law firm. The attorney received an offer a short while later to join the law firm. The firm that hired her paid approximately 60% of what she made at a prior firm, but she was more than happy to take the offer. A short while after moving to the new law firm, the attorney was able to take several weeks off to plan her marriage and take a honeymoon— something she confided to me she never would’ve been able to do had she been at a major law firm. The new law firm that she joined was very accommodating of her time off.
Real estate is a good practice area that can offer attorneys the opportunity to potentially work in house. Real estate also offers attorneys the ability to work with smaller law firms. Because development and real estate is such a large industry, there are numerous small law firms in the market that attorneys can easily work for—especially when they have skills from a major law firm.
What is interesting about the search is that prior to contacting me, this attorney had been searching for an open position for months. She received only a handful of interviews. When she went on these interviews, she realized working in one of these larger law firms did not make her happy, and that she would be happy practicing law to be better for her to work in a smaller law firm.

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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
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