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Attorney Returns to NYC Area with Boutique Firm

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Attorney Returns to NYC Area with Boutique Firm

This candidate was a great and impressive candidate - she had an extremely strong background from a top 3 law school where she had very good grades and even had a medical background prior to becoming a lawyer. She was also a very hard worker and her undergraduate degree was also from a top of the top university. She is a superstar with amazing credentials. She also had a hard to find science background in an engineering degree that firms look for and had experience with IP.

She had left her big law firm too early in her career but out of no fault of her own -- the group started imploding after she joined with multiple partners leaving and she felt that she would need to find another role soon. Although we love mid-sized firms, she decided to move to one a bit too early in her career, and generally missed big law and now it was very tough for her to get back.
She ultimately had a bad experience at her medium sized firm and decided to leave the firm and she was unemployed. She did what was right for her, and we totally agree with her decision, but it can be very difficult to get back on the market when unemployed.
The goods news is she was realistic and open to getting in the door where she could and building her career. She ended up moving outside from where she was to accept an opportunity at a firm she would not have been able to find at her current city. She picked up her family and moved and was generally happy there in the new city. However, once again, she had some bad luck with her firm and they ended up also having a large partnership exodus, and she realized she actually did miss her own home.
This is when she contacted BCG and me. She had set herself up nicely to be able to return to the major market she wanted, but she was realistic again. She understood she had to be flexible on the type and size of the firm, and that it would take an extremely broad approach in her search. She applied broadly and most importantly she did not give up. We worked together for many months and she had multiple interviews, but was having a hard time landing the offer (as this is a very competitive market) but we kept with it and she listened to our prep and took it seriously.
She ultimately landed an offer at a really fantastic boutique firm which had the type of people, work life balance and life she was looking for. She was understanding about the salary and realistic about that as well.
She is now back in her home and has reached out to me repeatedly to tell me how much she loves this firm and finally thinks she found her forever home.

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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