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Candidate With Former Book Makes Way Back to Firm

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This candidate had the type of credentials that firms look for. She graduated from fantastic law schools and had proven herself and her ability to work in the firm world. She is a former big law associate, counsel and partner having held all those roles. In this regard, she started career at a top firm before making a move to another top firm where she was Counsel. She then made a final move to a third top firm as Partner, not an easy feat. All firms were AM Law Top 100 firms, and she had graduated from Top 25 law school where she performed very well.
Candidate With Former Book Makes Way Back to Firm

This candidate was successful at developing business in her practice area. This candidate also worked in a niche practice area - as she had an expertise in a mix of energy/project finance work and was significantly involved in complex agreements. She had a stellar legal background in these areas, and had drafted numerous agreements and had been the lead role with her own established clients for many years. She had developed over $1.5 million in business at her firm, and was expecting such numbers to increase further as she was doing extremely well there. Unfortunately, the candidate had to leave for personal reasons and take a long time off, over two years.

This candidate needed a strong recruiter to get firms to take a look at her - to explain that she strongly believed she would still be able to bring in business and develop a book despite having had to walk away from it two years prior. This candidate had many contacts and had been doing consulting work for former clients to keep in their mind. She is an amazing person and just needed to get her foot in the door.
Approach: At BCG, we took an aggressive approach as we knew she needed to do so, and the candidate was extremely open minded and approachable as well. This is very important for someone coming back into law who had to take a significant amount of time away. With my guidance, she worked on a strong business plan that would highlight her prior business and explained her clients and her potential.
Result: This candidate ended up getting an interview at numerous top firms. She at one point had an offer at one top firm and an interview at another. She decided to accept the first offer and did so as the other firm did not move forward. Unfortunately, a conflicts issue snagged this offer, as can happen more commonly with partners with business as the firm was the counsel on the opposite side of numerous matters of her largest client. Thus, we were back on the market again. I quickly was able to get her more interviews, and this time she landed an offer at another top firm who also saw the potential in her that we at BCG saw.
She accepted that position! We were so thrilled for her and happy to assist her in her career!

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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