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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.

    Harrison Barnes Legal Recruiter from BCG Attorney Search: Pulling Back the Curtain on Law Firm Politics—What You Need to Know to Survive and Thrive

    Harrison Barnes Legal Recruiter from BCG Attorney Search: Pulling Back the Curtain on Law Firm Politics—What You Need to Know to Survive and Thrive

    Law firms are rife with office politics and can be difficult for associates to navigate. Partners and senior associates may exhibit bad behavior, bad habits, and produce bad work that is capable of staining, damaging, or worse, ending careers—including those for the people that work under them. How does the smart attorney navigate this potential office minefield?

    Our BCG Attorney Search team of Founder and CEO Harrison Barnes, Recruiting Manager Brie Mills, Recruiter Romina Filippou, and host Danny Rindeau discuss the secrets, general rules, and strategies for building and maintaining your best career.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Harrison Barnes Legal Recruiter from BCG Attorney Search: What a Slowdown Can Do to Your Legal Career and How to Bulletproof your Résumé

    Harrison Barnes Legal Recruiter from BCG Attorney Search: What a Slowdown Can Do to Your Legal Career and How to Bulletproof your Résumé

    Your law firm just kicked you to the curb. Should you have seen it coming?

    This isn’t about your quality as an attorney, that’s another discussion; this is about those circumstances beyond your control—not just at your firm, but in the legal industry and the economy at large.

    Host Daniel “Danny” Rindeau speaks with the BCG Attorney Search team of Recruiting Manager Brie Mills and Recruiter Nadeen Weybrecht about the importance of looking up while your keeping your head-down in the work. Looking beyond your billables; the economy may be strong today but what about tomorrow? Are the businesses of your corporate clients struggling? Is the work across the firm slowing or only the work that’s coming to you? Do you have a specialty that makes you valuable to the firm? Is the industry or the economy heading toward a downturn?

    What practice areas do better in a recession? Where will you find the best information to gauge the health of your profession? Are you seeing signs that you need to make a lateral move, quickly? Do you have a Plan B or C?

    If you don’t, get one now. Our team tells you how.

    • 30 min
    Harrison Barnes Legal Recruiter from BCG Attorney Search: Can You Accept Criticism or Not? How that Question Affects Your Legal Career

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

    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 min
    Harrison Barnes Legal Recruiter from BCG Attorney Search: Corporate or Litigation Practice—Which Is the Better Choice for You?

    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 min
    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

    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 min

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