Hiring Top In-House Legal Talent


The responsibilities of your legal team are growing, yet the law department budget is staying the same or even shrinking. Strong in-house legal counsel is more in demand than ever, and, in many ways, legal professionals have the job market on their side.

You need to hire top in-house legal talent, including General Counsel and key law department staff, but it can take months to find qualified legal professionals. It takes even more time to assess legal candidates for leadership abilities and the best cultural fit for your company.

Our legal recruiting firm has the research tools and industry expertise to find your next General Counsel or corporate counsel in less than 100 days. By limiting our legal recruiting services to hiring in-house counsel, we can ensure we have access to the most accomplished attorneys and avoid wasting time sifting through the resumes of candidates who aren’t qualified.

We’ve placed in-house legal professionals with specific expertise in a variety of areas, including:

  • Banking and Finance
  • Compliance
  • Corporate
  • Energy
  • Environmental
  • Healthcare
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labor and Employment
  • Real Estate
  • Tax

Recruiting General Counsel


In a global business environment that’s becoming increasingly complex, more executives value their General Counsel as a lead strategist. An exceptional General Counsel will have a deep understanding of ever-evolving legal obligations as well as the business objectives of your company. He or she must provide valuable insight into the intricacies of business operations, transactions, and other initiatives. Although the responsibilities and qualifications of General Counsel are unique to your organization, there are key characteristics all must have to be effective.

With all of the challenges faced by the corporate legal department, you can’t afford to hire the wrong person. That’s why large multi-national companies and smaller organizations alike rely on BarkerGilmore to hire General Counsel. As a boutique legal recruiting firm, we partner with a select number of organizations in any given industry. This helps ensure our success by providing unprecedented access to the most distinguished General Counsel candidates.

No two General Counsel searches are treated alike. Every search is tailored to meet the individual needs for each client.

A full assessment is completed for every General Counsel candidate, which evaluates:

  • Legal aptitude and experience
  • Ability to align with business priorities
  • Cultural fit and chemistry
  • Track record of performance in stressful situations
  • Leadership abilities
  • Motivation and passion for the position
  • Ethics and compliance capabilities

Staffing Your Legal Department


A General Counsel can only be successful if the surrounding team of lawyers is equally stellar. BarkerGilmore is the go-to source for top legal talent for some of the most successful General Counsel in the country, and all are willing to act as references.

Recent legal placements include:

  • Deputy General Counsel
  • Corporate Secretary
  • Chief Intellectual Property Counsel
  • Chief Tax Counsel
  • Assistant General Counsel

You could spend six months or more recruiting corporate counsel and assessing candidates for the right skills, or you could place your next in-house legal professional within 100 days. Discover what sets our legal recruiting firm apart from others. 

Build Your Legal and Compliance Departments


Top performing leadership within legal and compliance departments is critical for success. BarkerGilmore is the most dependable resource for General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officers and their strategic hires.

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