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Mid-level Mid-Sized Firm Litigation Associate Move to Big Law

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This candidate has a really strong background and would be an interesting candidate for any firm - including in the highly competitive litigation market in DC. Her credentials are stellar - she earned her J.D. from a Top-5 law school where she was a contributor to a wellknown Journal. She earned her undergraduate degree from another top school in a finance related background. She grew up in the East Coast area and had long ties to New York, so location was a strong motivating factor for her as well.
Mid-level Mid-Sized Firm Litigation Associate Move to Big Law

This candidate decided not to immediately go into big law from law school, despite having the opportunity to do so if she had wanted to. She instead chose a very well respected mid-sized firm to join and summered there as well. This is a unique choice that we do not see made often for candidates coming from a top law school, but she was interested in the growth of the firm that she joined and wanting to get real hands on experience. The firm did not pay market, which she of course understood in accepting the position from graduation.

While there, she got the experience she was looking for - this candidate had the opportunity to engage in trials as only a mid-level associate including being allowed the opportunity to conduct direct examination during an arbitration. She was given real oral advocacy experience at her firm where she got to stand up in court in her third year as well as take many depositions, something you do not see a lot with an associate of her years and experience. She of course, also had strong writing and briefing skills and was highly involved in discovery during her time at her firm. She did a ton of work and was extremely respected by the firm and her peers. She also had a broad range experience at the firm, working on matters including contract claims, general commercial litigation, unfair trade practices, intellectual property matters, real estate issues, and related practice areas.
This candidate came to BCG when she was in her 4th year looking to make a lateral move. She had realized that perhaps it made sense now to try to move into big law, as her pay she was receiving was not in the same line as the current Cravath market, and she was working just as hard. This is a common issue that happens in mid-sized firms, and often it can make sense to go into big law as a result. However, she received fantastic training, which is what she was looking for. New York litigation is probably one of the most competitive markets out there, it is not a ton of opportunity in big law for laterals and it is also very competitive, which is something she understood. Associates need to realize that a big law litigation search is not likely to garner dozens of interviews. So if limited to big law, the candidate as she was needs to be patient and continue to get out there.
This candidate was a real find, in my opinion, because she had wicked strong credentials, and was also a wonderful person and came off extremely intelligent and smart. Getting her in the door would be key - and with BCG's connections and understanding of the market, the candidate started to receive numerous interviews at top big law firms.
This candidate's strong litigation background, including actually having taking depositions as a third year associate and had real trial experience definitely was a strong asset for her, in addition to her strong credentials.
She finally received an offer for market pay at a strong top firm. She was interviewing at a couple of others, but realized, correctly, that she should not pass up one opportunity for the possibility of another one working out, which were much less likely at that point. The firm who made her the offer was interesting since it was also a nice mix of still mid-sized feel, but in big law, with top pay and top ability to transition to another firm or in-house if she ever decided to do that as she became more senior. Her offer was very competitive, and the firm expressed repeatedly that she got the job over many other qualified candidates. The candidate was ultimately thrilled to accept the position. She came in as a 4th year associate at market. We at BCG was so thrilled to have made this a reality for her, because we believed in her, and it is not always easy to transition from mid-sized to big law without any big law experience.
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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