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Class of 2014 Business Litigation Associate (and former In-House Attorney) Placed with Top Boutique Firm


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This candidate attended the top national university in the Midwest state in which he was raised, majoring in the liberal arts as well as economics. He moved on to law school directly after college, and was admitted to a top 20 school where he performed very well. He was interested in business litigation, and felt extremely fortunate to land an in-house role with a fortune 500 company immediately upon graduation - a rare opportunity for a junior attorney. He focused on litigation case management, received a high level of ownership over the docket, and was a high performer.
Class of 2014 Business Litigation Associate (and former In-House Attorney) Placed with Top Boutique Firm

Eventually, however, this candidate desired to return to his home state. He also had come to feel that he wanted to gain traditional experience in a law firm setting in private practice, and so sought out opportunities with firms back home. He joined a regionally-ranked firm that had an opening, and began working as a litigation associate.

When BCG began working with this candidate, he had proven himself as a highly successful associate. He was working on an extremely high profile case and performing a very high volume of work. He was receiving rave reviews and earning extra bonuses for his commitment. He felt, however, that he would be interested in an opportunity to work on a more diverse caseload and gain more hands-on experience in all aspects of the litigation process. Given that his initial private practice search had been upon relocating back to Michigan, and was constricted to firms that had active openings as well as those that would take a chance on an attorney that had only previously worked in-house - this candidate also believed there may be further growth opportunities that he had now earned the right to explore more thoroughly.
This candidate worked with BCG for some time, reflecting on opportunities and moving through a few interview processes that were not ultimately successful. He also received an offer, but the salary was not in the range for which he had hoped, and he decided to pass. He was persistent, however, and eventually an amazing opportunity arose with a stellar, boutique litigation firm that had not previously been on his radar. This firm was actually located just miles from where this candidate was living, and boasted a small but incredibly talented roster of attorneys performing sophisticated commercial litigation. Due to the firm's smaller size, they did not always receive attention from the types of candidates they desired to hire (those with excellent academic credentials and experience). When they saw this candidate's resume, however, they were immediately intrigued. Despite his somewhat unorthodox career path to that point, BCG promoted the fact that this candidate had stellar academic credentials, an unmatched work ethic, and had now proven himself in private practice. He would certainly be a valuable addition to this firm's team.
Given our candidate's desire to elevate his practice and perform complex work as well as meet a desired salary range, he was initially hesitant regarding the opportunity. However, once he met with the team at the firm he quickly realized what an elite group existed there, and was impressed by the competitive compensation offered as well. The process moved very quickly with this candidate and firm, and the two parties truly felt like the perfect match that would not have come together without BCG. Our candidate has been highly successful in his new role, and the firm is so glad to have found him!

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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