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Elite Corporate Candidate (Class of 2016) Finds Opportunity upon Relocating to Home in Midwest


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This candidate grew up in the Midwest, and attended a top national university in the region. He excelled in majors in the liberal arts as well as accounting and business administration, and moved on to law school directly after college. He was admitted to the top 20 school in his home state, where he was very successful and focused on business and transactional law, including earning a taxation certificate. He graduated magna cum laude, and earned an opportunity to join a Vault top 20-ranked firm in Chicago. This candidate had desired to begin his career with an elite practice where he would receive strong mentorship and gain top-tier transactional experience. His work focused in the M&A, regulatory, and capital markets spaces, and he quickly built up an impressive list of representative matters. He was a very hard worker, and received accolades from partners and other colleagues.
Elite Corporate Candidate (Class of 2016) Finds Opportunity upon Relocating to Home in Midwest

When BCG began working with this candidate, he was entering into his third year of practice. While he enjoyed the substantive work he was performing, he and his wife (who was also from the same Midwest state in which this candidate was raised) had begun to realize that they missed and desired to move home. BCG recognized that this candidate would be supremely marketable at this point in his career and given the state of the economy and his credentials - sophisticated corporate/ transactional associates in the mid-level range were highly sought after by many large firms in the area. His rationale for seeking a new opportunity was also one that many firms understand and appreciate, given that this candidate was originally from the region, had attended the top law school in the state, and had gotten married to someone who would also be glad to be back near her own family and friends as well.

This candidate quickly received numerous interview requests which ultimately resulted in multiple offers for him to consider. BCG worked to facilitate review of the various offers and differing opportunity proposals - including following up on questions regarding matters not typically detailed in offer letters (i.e. historical associate bonus achievement/ attainment, historical salary increases, etc.); fleshing out opportunities for negotiation on salary or other aspects of the offers (i.e. base compensation, signing bonuses, start date flexibility, billable hours targets); and sharing the relevant information between parties in order to keep everyone apprised and assist our candidate in having one point of contact for the various dialogues.
Ultimately, one of the opportunities stood above the others - it was a top firm that had been the first mover on an offer, planned special activities during an in-person visit, and that shared alumni from this candidate's current firm (from which he would be departing). The firm's excitement about this candidate was evident and unparalleled, and they were willing to be flexible with him on multiple aspects of their offer. After considering many factors thoroughly, this candidate was confident in his decision to join the firm. They have been very glad to have him, and BCG was honored to be a part of the process!

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, HarrisonBarnes.com, and BCGSearch.com, 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 www.BCGSearch.com.
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