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Mid-level Small Firm Lit Associate Makes Move to Strong Mid-Sized Firm

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This candidate approached a BCG recruiter in the NYC area to assist with her search - in the past, she had found recruiters were not willing to speak to her because she only had small firm experience. She read this BCG recruiter/attorney bio, who itself includes top schools and firms, but somehow felt that this recruiter would understand her search and what she was looking for. And she was right. This BCG recruiter believed in her and felt she had a really good chance of making a move if she was patient and focused.
Mid-level Small Firm Lit Associate Makes Move to Strong Mid-Sized Firm

The issue for the candidate is just generally being a litigator and wanting to move to a bigger firm in the NYC area - the litigation market can be brutal. Although there is the appearance of a lot of opportunities, when a candidate is focused only on moving to a larger firm, the amount of positions is actually quite limited. However, with BCG connections and strengths, we are consistently able to place people in the tough litigation market, and if you are a litigator thinking of making a move, BCG is a good place to land. This candidate realized this.

What was going well for this candidate, on the other hand, is she went to a top-30 law school, so had proven she had the ability to succeed and her credentials were the type of larger firm would hire and consider. She also was wonderful and personable and sweet - BCG felt confident that if we could get her in the door with firms, she would land the opportunities, with our coaching and advice in interviewing, which she was very open to as well. She was absolutely lovely to work with. Her current firm, as mentioned, was a small firm of only 4 attorneys, and she was not doing the type of work in litigation she wanted to. She was however getting really strong court experience, including deposition and appearances, which helps in a lateral search.
This candidate was diligent in her search, was broad in her search, and kept with BCG, understanding that in the litigation market, interviews are never going to be instantaneous. Ironically, as often happens, she ended up landing two interviews around the same time -serendipitous really since it allowed her to explore the two opportunities, and if she was lucky enough to land both, to make an informed decision. Here at BCG, we pride ourselves also on being able to guide people in the right direction, and will always be honest with what makes sense for them, given their career and their future goals, which may not be the same for everyone.
This candidate killed it in all her interviews - the firms loved her. One firm went to bat for her very quickly and made her an offer almost on the spot in her final interview. She was still in final stages with another firm, who amazingly of hearing of the pending offer, also turned things around quickly.
Both firms were strong mid-sized firms that are extremely well-known in the area. One was a little less known than the other, but the people and the work and the vibe there were a better fit for her. It does not always make sense to go to the firm you heard the most from. She ended up deciding on that firm, and accepted the offer (and the larger firm she turned down ended up laying off people in that office a couple of months later, which goes to show that sometimes personality and vibe can be extremely important). She made the right decision and is extremely happy at her new firm, and very valued there. It is a fantastic firm with a great group of people with approximately 60 lawyers, a big change from her 4 person firm she came from.
Great job!

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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