Lawyers Rising Podcast with Harrison Barnes

Harrison Barnes Legal Recruiter from BCG Attorney Search: A Senior Attorney with No Book of Business? No Problem! Here’s Why

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The Lawyers Rising podcast features Founder and CEO of BCG Attorney Search, Harrison Barnes, in conversation with BCG Recruiting Manager, Brie Mills. In each episode, the two will share their expertise through in-depth discussions on issues affecting the law profession and those that work in it. Drawing from over 20 years as a legal recruiter and attorney, Barnes will explore the culture and character of law firms, how to move in and out of them, and how to rise, thrive, and sustain a career. Their discussions will offer advice for both Partners and those still on the path.
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The Lawyers Rising podcast features Founder and CEO of BCG Attorney Search, Harrison Barnes, in conversation with BCG Recruiting Manager, Brie Mills. In each episode, the two will share their expertise through in-depth discussions on issues affecting the law profession and those that work in it. Drawing from over 20 years as a legal recruiter and attorney, Barnes will explore the culture and character of law firms, how to move in and out of them, and how to rise, thrive, and sustain a career. Their discussions will offer advice for both Partners and those still on the path.
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Harrison Barnes Legal Recruiter from BCG Attorney Search: Can You Accept Criticism or Not? How that Question Affects Your Legal Career
On this podcast our BCG Attorney Search team of Recruiting Manager Brie Mills and Recruiter Karen Wenzel discuss the role of receiving and accepting criticism in a legal career. It can be painful, no doubt, but everyone will be on the receiving end of it in their legal careers from time to time—especially young associates. But it’s professional, not personal. They explain why this criticism should be considered an opportunity for growth. And take note: When senior associates and partners criticize you they’re also testing you. Are you a good prospect? Are you teachable? So while you may feel it in your gut, also take it to heart. But whatever you do, learn to take it: How you take it may determine the future of your legal career.
31:58
December 9, 2019
Harrison Barnes Legal Recruiter from BCG Attorney Search: A Senior Attorney with No Book of Business? No Problem! Here’s Why
You’re a senior attorney, 7 years of experience or more—or maybe a lot more, and you don’t know where or how to find a new position. Your search is only piling up the rejections. Surrender? No! Listen as BCG Attorney Search CEO and Managing Director Harrison Barnes and Recruiting Manager Brie Mills explain why you’re marketable and why you’re having trouble convincing hiring law firms of that fact. And, no, going in-house isn’t the only option. They’ll explain: • Where you should target (probably not Big Law) • Important resources you may not know about • How to expand your search (including geographically) • Who’s better off, the specialist or the generalist? • How to manage expectations • Why a good recruiter is so much better at this than you are Are you telling your story right? This podcast will help you tell a better one.
33:28
October 31, 2019
Harrison Barnes Legal Recruiter from BCG Attorney Search: Corporate or Litigation Practice—Which Is the Better Choice for You?
Both practice areas have their pros and cons. Which is better for you will depend on your personality and interests. Do you find drama and attacking an opponent sexy? Or are you less confrontational and more cerebral? Do you write well but find the minutiae of contracts insanely tedious? Join our BCG Attorney Search team of CEO Harrison Barnes, Recruiting Manager Brie Mills, and Legal Recruiter Jessica Portela as they discuss what thrills and what kills on both paths. Learn which practice is far more competitive, which has better job security, which is “economy-proof ,” and which more highly values specialty. And, of course: Which path will make you the most money? If you’ve an interest in either field, listen and decide if your legal career is on the path it needs to be on.
30:26
October 13, 2019
Harrison Barnes Legal Recruiter from BCG Attorney Search: Is It a Book of Business by Year 5 or Die? How to Get One and How to Get Around It If You Don't
Ever heard the stories of horrid attorneys with worse habits and yet somehow still have great jobs? How do they do it? It’s called a Big Book of Business. As an attorney at a law firm, you’ll be expected to start building yours ASAP. Otherwise, you’re costing the firm money—you’ll be seen as an unprofitable liability. A Book of Business is your best chance for job security. But what if you can’t? What if you don’t have connections, a network, the background, or the necessary schmoozy character? Or this: What if you do have all of the above and it’s still not happening fast enough? Join the BCG Attorney Search team of CEO Harrison Barnes, Recruiting Manager Brie Mills, and Legal Recruiter Karen Wenzel as they offer a variety of options and actionable advice. Digging into Harrison’s list of seven general strategies, the team also offers a range of other career suggestions for associates of five to seven or more years of experience. They’ll help you get your law career on track or to get you to a place where you may not need the track at all.
59:02
October 7, 2019
Harrison Barnes Legal Recruiter from BCG Attorney Search: Quitting Without a Backup Plan—How to Keep Your Law Career from Committing Suicide
Quitting your associate’s job? First piece of advice—Don’t! Remember this: After the bar, there are no other skills test but one: your career history and what the people you worked with think of you. It’s the test of character and skill a future employer will have. Done wrong, your patterns and gaps can make you look sketchy; learn how to better tell your story. But if you must quit, the BCG Attorney Search team of CEO Harrison Barnes, Recruiting Manager Brie Mills, and Legal Recruiter Jennifer McNeil have advice to offer: Take whatever good you can with you. Can you snag a great partner reference? Can you keep your firm profile active for a while? Make whatever you’ve done look as pretty as you can. In this podcast our team will help: advice on how to stay (even if you don’t want to), how to leave and what take with you, good and bad reasons for leaving—and best of all—how to find your best prospects going forward.
30:51
October 2, 2019
Harrison Barnes Legal Recruiter from BCG Attorney Search: Why Looking Good on Paper Beats Looking Good in a Suit-Finding Success as a Lateral Attorney Candidate
Making a lateral move? So then, how good of a storyteller are you? Because to convince a prestigious law firm that you’re the one they’re looking for you’ll need to be a good one. In this episode of the podcast, BCG Attorney Search CEO Harrison Barnes and Recruiting Manager Brie Mills explain that the ways of success for a lateral attorney are knowing that law is a skill AND a business AND a culture. They’ll also discuss questions a candidate will be asked in interviews, what are the good and bad answers, and why you need to act more like a soldier and less like a general.
24:23
September 22, 2019
Harrison Barnes Legal Recruiter from BCG Attorney Search: Your Law Career or Your Life--The #1 Reason Careers Are Killed and How You Can Keep Yours Alive
Ever heard of work-life balance? For an attorney this means lots of work, not much life. Such is the deal that comes with those big salaries. And how are those salaries paid? Through ever-increasing billable hours and the sacrifices of the dedicated attorneys who work them. In this episode, the BCG team of CEO Harrison Barnes, Recruiting Manager Brie Mills, and Recruiter Romina Filippou will discuss the realities of law careers that often surprise those that enter them. The Team explains the BigLaw commitment, why it is what it is, and the consequences and alternatives for those who choose to opt out.
32:09
September 10, 2019
Harrison Barnes Legal Recruiter from BCG Attorney Search: Why In-house Council Is a Good job and a Bad Decision
In this introductory episode, expert Legal Recruiter Harrison Barnes of BCG Attorney Search and Recruiting Manager Brie Mills dig into why going in-house may be your ticket to career death. Barnes explains how the company's problems will become your problems, why having no clients to call your own is a losing proposition, why going in-house is like going underground and more. In their discussion, Barnes and Mills will guide you through the many ways you can generate value for your firm by generating value for yourself and building the dream of every attorney-the Path to Partner.
40:04
July 9, 2019
Harrison Barnes Legal Recruiter from BCG Attorney Search: How to Be an Indispensable Attorney--Even Without a Book of Business
You know those attorneys, there's a few in every firm: The first to be hired and the last to be fired. How do you get to become one of those? In our second episode, Legal Recruiter Harrison Barnes of BCG Attorney Search and Recruiting Manager Brie Mills discuss ways attorneys, both young and experienced; can build muscular and indispensable careers. From specialization, lateral moves, alliances, to mentoring and more. They go over ways you can strengthen your skills to make yourself the go-to asset no firm live do without: Suggestions to make your position with any firm straight up solid.
56:00
June 6, 2019
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