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Labor and Employment Attorney at Small Law Firm in San Francisco Interested in Moving to a Major Law Firm


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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.
Labor and Employment Attorney at Small Law Firm in San Francisco Interested in Moving to a Major Law Firm

Despite that risk, during the two years the attorney worked within the firm, she was able to get substantial experience, including arguing important motions, writing substantive dispositive motions and taking several depositions. While she obtained essential experience, this attorney decided she would prefer to join another major law firm.
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Harrison Barnes
What I respect about this attorney’s background is she held more interested as a young attorney in the quality of the experience than better compensation. She worked for less money than she would have otherwise made, but also received very good experience. By the time she was ready to join another large law firm, she knew exactly what to expect if she joined a large law firm.

This attorney did not have to look for a new position very long. Within a short time several law firms took interest in her. One major law firm that had a highly regarded labor and employment practice, interviewed her and made her an offer shortly thereafter. This attorney was very likable and fun to work with during her search. She was always in a good mood and a real pleasure to speak with. I’m confident she will have an excellent career at her new law firm.
What was unusual about this attorney is the fact that she started off at a small law firm. Most attorneys do the opposite and start off at large law firms only to move to smaller boutique law firms later. Despite the offer given to her to work in a large law firm during her law school education, this attorney chose to work in a smaller law firm first and then move to a larger law firm after she received a convincing amount of experience.

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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.

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