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Litigation Associate with Nationally-Ranked Firm Finds New Opportunity Back in Midwest Hometown

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This candidate grew up near a mid-sized city in outstate Illinois. After college and while earning a Master's Degree, she worked in this city. Ultimately making the decision to attend law school, she was admitted to a highly-ranked university. Despite moving away for law school, this candidate returned to her hometown to extern during one of her law school summers. She performed very well in school, and participated as an Associate Editor on one of the school's Journals.
Litigation Associate with Nationally-Ranked Firm Finds New Opportunity Back in Midwest Hometown

After a 2L summer associateship, this candidate ultimately received an offer to join a U.S. News & World Report nationally-ranked firm and Vault regionally-ranked firm in St. Louis, MO. She had a wonderful experience with this firm, where she had practiced for almost 10 years as a valued associate. With her team, she had established herself as a successful litigator able to manage all aspects of litigation in diverse and complex areas such as business litigation, products liability, electronic discovery, real estate/construction litigation, and environmental litigation. She was able to show a host of impressive accomplishments that included representation of clients in state and federal courts, leading large scale e-Discovery productions, performing depositions, motion practice, court appearances, medication and trial, and serving as second chair in multiple jury trials. She was on the partnership track and was a proven hard worker (often billing 130%+ of her required annual hourly target).

This candidate came to BCG in connection with a job posting back in her original hometown in outstate Illinois. Despite loving and being committed to her firm in St. Louis for many years, she and her husband - who was also originally from the same location - had discussed eventually moving home. Her husband's aging parents still lived in the area, and they desired to be closer to them. Despite being in a smaller market, this candidate wanted to find a firm that was of a high caliber for the area, and knew there were only a handful of practices meeting her criteria in the city. Luckily one of them was the opportunity BCG had presented, and so we were able to reach out with a very tailored presentation of our candidate. The firm found this candidate highly compelling. She boasted a track record of many years of success and commitment with a nationally-known firm as a successful litigation associate. Even moreso, however, she had a convincing and meaningful rationale for searching for a new opportunity back in her hometown, and had evidenced a continuing connection to the area throughout her professional career (including during grad school and law school). The firm felt very confident they could count on this candidate wanting to work and live in the area for the long term.
This firm was incredibly appreciate to BCG for bringing it and our candidate together. After many conversations and meetings, it was excited to extend her an offer. She was able to negotiate a competitive salary for the region, and was very happy to have landed one of the few opportunities in the area in which she would have had interest. She and her husband were so happy to be able to move back to be closer to friends and family, and BCG was honored to make it happen!

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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