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Senior Litigation Associate at AmLaw Firm Finds Boutique Opportunity in Small Hometown

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This candidate was born and raised in outstate Wisconsin, where he lived until heading to college in a larger urban area in the state. He performed extremely well in undergrad, graduating magna cum laude. He desired to continue his studies and had always desired to attend law school, so was honored to be admitted with a scholarship to the same university where he had attended undergrad. He continued his academic excellence through law school, earning a position on the school's Law Review and also participating in Moot Court and Trial Advocacy competitions.
Senior Litigation Associate at AmLaw Firm Finds Boutique Opportunity in Small Hometown

This candidate earned a 2L summer associateship with a U.S. News & World Report nationallyranked law firm in town, where he was very excited to learn about the firm's sophisticated commercial litigation work. He impressed the firm, and was hired on full-time upon graduation. He spent many years with the firm as a stand-out associate, becoming the go-to team member on complex litigation and intellectual property matters. He regularly counselled corporate clients and litigated commercial and intellectual-property disputes in state and federal court, involving a wide range of industries, products, and technologies. He drafted briefs filed in all levels of the Wisconsin state courts and in federal courts across the country; managed every aspect of written discovery, dispositive motions, and pretrial filings, while supervising junior associates and staff; deposed and defended depositions of experts, third-parties, and client witnesses; and developed litigation strategy from case commencement through trial. He was on the partnership track at his firm and was receiving the opportunity to be put up for shareholdership.

This candidate came to BCG feeling that he was at a crossroads in his career. He had been extremely dedicated and working very hard at his firm for many years, and was being provided the opportunity to become a partner. However, as the years had passed he had come to miss his hometown in outstate Wisconsin and his family and friends who remained in the area, and had thought about searching for an opportunity to move back closer to them. He also wasn't sure that the large law firm path that he was on was the right one for him personally and professionally in the long term. He wanted to understand what types of opportunities there might be to make this type of a change. He hoped BCG would be able to provide assistance in identifying opportunities in a smaller market (outstate Wisconsin) and where he was not presently located.
Fortunately, BCG's vast network and catalog of private practice opportunities in all sectors - biglaw, middle market, and boutique firms - as well as in every geography throughout the country, was very helpful to this candidate. In fact, BCG connected this candidate with an amazing firm opportunity right in his hometown! This firm was a small boutique firm, but boasted sophisticated work and had been started by former biglaw and top 20 law school attorneys. The firm was incredibly excited to see a candidate of this individual's caliber who wanted to move home and practice and live in the area for the long term. Similarly, our candidate couldn't believe that such a wonderful firm opportunity would exist right in his old home's backyard. The parties began a dialogue and knew this presented a perfect fit for both sides. After negotiating a strong salary for the market with plenty of upside over time, our candidate was incredibly excited to make the move back home and begin practicing with the firm. We are so glad we were able to help make this match for this candidate and firm!

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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