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Senior Attorney Lands Top Big Law Senior Litigator Role

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This candidate is one of the candidates who successfully moved at a very senior level in her career with a general litigation and investigations background. Generally this can be a very difficult move to make once you get past a certain class year in your career. She was an 8th year associate (with no portable business). Even more negative is she was unemployed, and had not been at her firm for the last 4 months as she left on her own accord due to the fact the Partner who she worked with and who hired her and recruited her had left to go work for a government appointment, and she was not interested in remaining at the firm without him.
Senior Attorney Lands Top Big Law Senior Litigator Role

Her credentials were spectacular, she was first in her class at a decent (although not top 20) law school, but she excelled where she was. She also was a big law associate and had worked at one of the top of the top firms in the world. In her graduation, she also also at a very large well respected firm when she first got out of law school, and she landed strong summer associate positions.

However, despite all of this, being unemployed and also past an 8th year status can be very difficult. There are few openings, and firms are rarely going to bring someone in as Counsel. She also had class year flexibility, but preferred not to take a class year cut. Senior candidates have to be realistic about the market - there is not much need for a senior level litigation attorney with no business, and a firm, no matter how well credentialed and fantastic experience they might have, will likely not hire someone as Counsel level as there is a protocol at firm's for making that title, and there is often a large line of current associates waiting for that promotion so a hire outside the firm at that level requires significant business.

The other difficult part is that there are always many senior attorneys on the market with top of the top firm experience -- these candidates are either being pushed out of their firm after learning they will not make partnership promotion, they are sick of the firm they are at and realize that they need to make a move or want to make a move, or their desire to go in-house proved difficult and they still do not want to stay where they are anymore.

This attorney, thus, was not in an easy position - but she ended up landing an interview through BCG connections and help at a top firm who happened to have a growing need for a senior level attorney. She interviewed with them over the course of 4 months - it was a very big hire for them and a long process and they wanted to make sure they got it right. As you can imagine, they also had many attorneys that they were interviewing for it as well, but they saw her amazing potential.

She ultimately landed the offer - beating out many other qualified attorneys at high stakes -- and the firm also trusted our judgment based on how impressed we were with her as well. She is thrilled at the firm, and it has proven to be a really perfect opportunity for her!

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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