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Corporate Attorney From Texas Placed in San Diego


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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.
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San Diego is one of the most competitive markets to get a position in in the United States. The problem with San Diego is that it is not a very large legal market and there are a lot of people that want to work there. In contrast to San Diego, Los Angeles and Orange County are much larger. In addition, San Diego is also not a market that sophisticated corporate attorneys tend to work in. This attorney had a substantial amount of capital markets experience that would’ve been more suitable for a major market— such as New York City. Also, this attorney did not have any ties and the San Diego area and her husband was only get to be stationed in San Diego for a few years and then might end up moving after that. The attorney had also attended college and law school in Texas and everything about her background suggested that that was where she would eventually return.
Corporate Attorney From Texas Placed in San Diego

Regardless of these drawbacks, I was able to make a strong case the firms in San Diego that this attorney had every intention to remain in the area and was a good fit for the practice. San Diego has many major law firms that people can work and that have excellent reputations such as Paul Hastings, Cooley, Wilson Sonsini, Latham and Watkins, McGlinchy Stafford, Procopio, Haynes and Boone, Gunderson Dettmer, O’Melveny and Myers, Gibson Dunn, DLA Piper, Greenberg Traurig and many others. Despite interest for most of these firms, the majority of them were interested in waiting to interview the candidate until after she had gotten her bar results. When the candidate got her bar results and found that she passed, she received an offer from a top firm in San Diego within a few days. Incidentally, the firm she received an offer from was the one that had the best practice for her, the most offices around the country in case her husband transferred elsewhere and also the one that she was most comfortable with.
One of the important points about placing attorneys in California is that the bar is often a requirement. In very busy markets such as Palo Alto, law firms will often not require the bar corporate attorneys if it is very busy-- but if the attorney is in another practice area such as litigation the bar will often be required. Here, the San Diego market was a very difficult market to break into without the bar but when the attorney had passed the bar law firms became much more receptive to her.

About Harrison Barnes

Harrison Barnes is the founder of BCG Attorney Search and a successful legal recruiter. He is extremely committed to and passionate about the profession of legal placement. His firm BCG Attorney Search has placed thousands of attorneys. BCG Attorney Search works with attorneys to dramatically improve their careers by leaving no stone unturned in job searches and bringing out the very best in them. Harrison has placed the leaders of the nation’s top law firms, and countless associates who have gone on to lead the nation’s top law firms. There are very few firms Harrison has not made placements with. Harrison’s writings about attorney careers and placements attract millions of reads each year. He coaches and consults with law firms about how to dramatically improve their recruiting and retention efforts. His company LawCrossing has been ranked on the Inc. 500 twice. For more information, please visit Harrison Barnes’ bio.

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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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