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Top Candidate in Finance Makes Move to Vault Top 10

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When I began to speak with this candidate, he was already entering the senior side of his practice, as a 7th year associate. It can often be difficult to make a lateral move at that time, but he was very determined, and was at a very well respected firm. While he enjoyed the substantive work he was performing, the location of the firm was getting more difficult for him with his family as he lived outside of NYC and the firm was located as far away as possible from where he had to go in the City. He wanted to still work in NYC, but wanted a bit of an easier commute. He also wanted to make a move for the substance of the work, and to find a gem that let him work between two practices, in the finance and capital markets world, which he did now.
Top Candidate in Finance Makes Move to Vault Top 10

Although this is a more senior time to start his search, BCG felt confident that we could find him a great home given the state of the economy and his background and credentials. Without disclosing any personal details, he was in the prime finance practice area which tends to be extremely marketable in NYC. At the same time, he also had experience abroad at a top firm that helped to round him out as a candidate.

He had made a lateral move to NYC and landed at an extremely well respected firm, but he had the capability of working and being at the best, and his ambitions were to land in the Top 10 Vault firm world.
Not surprisingly, this candidate quickly received interview requests, but given he was limited to top of the market, BCG did a lot of heavy lifting to get him in the door. We wanted to make sure the firms saw the amazing value that he brought, and ultimately he was down to two top Vault firms in final stages. We worked hard along the way helping the candidate with advise between the two firms, providing significant information about the practice groups and the type of experience he would have, following up and offering guidance between him and the firm, helping him negotiate the offer stage process when he was ready to do so, and sharing information between parties to make sure that everything moved forward at a fast pace.
The difficultly for this candidate is he was choosing between two top firms and really was excited about both. Ultimately, with BCG guidance and advice, he landed on the one he wanted more than the other. Luckily for him, the firm he was most excited for when to bat for him first, and he accepted the offer on the spot. This is crucial that many attorneys do not do - firms do not want candidates to sit on offers for a long time, and especially in this case where the candidate was extremely open with both firms about the fact he had both opportunities, it made the firm he chose feel like he really valued him. The firm was the perfect location, and perfect practice group fit, and he absolutely loved all the people he was going to be working for.
At the same time, the firm's excitement about him also helped to seal the deal for him. We at BCG appreciate when firms go to bat for candidates and show significant enthusiasm as it often helps especially with a candidate facing a difficult decision.
He accepted the opportunity and is now at a top of the top Vault top 10 firm in one of the most prestigious practice areas, and we are positive he has an extremely bright future ahead!

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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