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Litigation Partner at Major Law Firm in Los Angeles Interested in Relocating to a Law Firm with More Work


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A partner at a major law firm in Los Angeles who did not have a substantial book of business was interested in relocating to a law firm that had more work to keep them busy. This attorney had great litigation experience and outstanding educational credentials. The attorney had originally been moved from Chicago to Los Angeles by their firm and in the process had left some clients behind and had not been able to build a substantial book of business in Los Angeles. Notwithstanding, for several years at the law firm, the attorney remained busy defending lawsuits in California brought against his clients. The work slowed down and when the work slowed down the attorney was put in a position where they did not have enough clients to support the practice. The attorney was also concerned about potentially losing their job without enough hours.
Litigation Partner at Major Law Firm in Los Angeles Interested in Relocating to a Law Firm with More Work

The difficulty with this search was that the attorney did not have a lot of potential to generate business in California. Since the attorney had been working in California, the majority of the work in cases that the attorney had been handling have been generated by the firm and not the attorney. The attorney did not have a substantial book of business and needed to find a law firm that was growing and had a lot of work for them. The problem with other major law firms was that they were unlikely to have this work and the attorney needed to find a law firm that was busy and can provide them with plenty of work.
A. Harrison Barnes
Harrison Barnes
One of the most active litigation markets in the United States for the past several years has been Orange County, California. For whatever reason, numerous small law firms have been popping up in Orange County and keeping attorneys very busy with all sorts of litigation. These law firms are so busy that they do not necessarily need to worry about whether or not an attorney has business and, in fact, businesses often a detriment to many attorneys getting hired. This is not necessarily the case with established national law firms with offices in Orange County. It is instead often the case with smaller law firms that service established local companies.

I told this attorney about several of the small law firms that were busy and were potentially good candidates for him. He chose only one of the law firms that I mentioned to him. A few weeks after speaking with the one law firm he consented to speaking with, the attorney received an offer. The terms of the offer were very good and the attorney gave notice and within a few weeks was working in a new market. One of the best strategies for partners without business to find new firms is to find law firms that are busy in smaller to midsize markets.

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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.

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