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Hiring Top Deputy General Counsel

A Deputy General Counsel works under the supervision of an organization's General Counsel and assists with a variety of essential legal advisory functions. The Deputy General Counsel can assume leadership responsibilities of the law department in the absence of the General Counsel. The Deputy General Counsel is also the most likely internal lawyer to become the successor to the General Counsel. When recruiting a Deputy General Counsel, it is critical to assess candidates using a dual lens to evaluate the ability to perform the task at hand as well as the leadership skills, business acumen, and gravitas necessary to serve as a General Counsel.

Attempting to fill this vital position on your own could yield unsatisfactory results. Recruiting the right candidate takes time and requires extensive assessment to ensure the ideal fit for your organization. Enlisting the services of a specialized Deputy GC recruiting organization will remove the burden from your shoulders and provide a diverse pool of talented, well-qualified individuals from whom to choose.

Let BarkerGilmore Be Your Deputy General Counsel Headhunter

As one of the leading executive and legal recruitment search firms for public, private, and nonprofit U.S. organizations of all sizes, BarkerGilmore can facilitate the hiring of a capable, uniquely qualified Deputy GC for your company. We have a successful track record of attracting and placing candidates for high-level legal positions in a broad assortment of industries. Our finely honed search process will enable us to quickly identify and deliver the most qualified candidates for your open positions.

Who We Work With

BarkerGilmore is an invaluable asset during the Deputy General Counsel talent acquisition process. Over the past two decades, we have tracked the top attorneys in the nation as their careers have progressed from top law firms to in-house careers. We've also forged relationships with many of these accomplished individuals. Our networking efforts and time-tested executive search process have enabled us to fill Deputy General Counsel positions for organizations in industries such as:

Our experienced Deputy General Counsel headhunters will take the time to understand your organization and the requirements of the position to ensure the candidates we recommend provide the ideal fit from both a functional and cultural perspective. You can move forward with your selection with complete confidence.

Our Search Process

At BarkerGilmore, we have developed an innovative search process that we call CustomFitSM. This thoughtfully crafted technique enables us to tailor our search to identify and recommend only the candidates that will meet your needs and contribute to your organization's ongoing success.

The stages in our process include:

  • Executive alignment meeting: We will meet with key stakeholders to determine the competencies, personality traits and professional experiences essential for success as a Deputy GC in your organization.
  • Research: We will assign a dedicated research team to your Deputy General Counsel search who will use your feedback, along with their industry contacts and our advanced search technology, to generate a candidate pool.
  • Recruiting: Once we have identified a pool of qualified candidates, we will approach these individuals to introduce them to the opportunity and outline the benefits of working for your organization.
  • Assessment: For the individuals who express interest in pursuing the position, we will conduct a comprehensive assessment consisting of sophisticated interview techniques and evaluation tools. This process focuses on several crucial areas such as emotional intelligence, leadership, legal and business acumen, cultural fit, motivation, and compensation requirements.
  • Candidate delivery: Our assessment process enables us to narrow the field and deliver the leading candidates to you for interviews. We will consult with you throughout the interview process and assist with offer negotiation and onboarding.
  • Follow-up: We will maintain contact with you after the hire to assess your level of satisfaction and make sure that the search process and results have met your expectations.

Benefits of Working with BarkerGilmore

The advantages of choosing us over other Deputy General Counsel recruiting organizations include:

Specialized Expertise

As a boutique talent acquisition firm that focuses exclusively on legal and compliance executive recruiting, we can deliver specialized expertise that general search firms cannot replicate. We will serve as a trusted partner and strategic adviser throughout your search.

Personalized Service

As a valued BarkerGilmore client, you will work with an experienced account manager who will oversee every aspect of the Deputy General Counsel search process. This individual will serve as your point of contact and is responsible for the final assessment and delivery of candidates.

Focus on Diversity

We help our clients in their quest to create a workforce that is more representative of the general population. Our placements over the past three years have consisted of 45% women and 23% minorities.

Fast, Reliable Results

If you attempt to conduct a Deputy General Counsel search without using a specialized search firm, expect it to take many long months to find the right candidate. With our proven search method and host of industry contacts, we can typically reduce the time to 100 days or less. Moreover, 98% of all the searches we commence lead to a hire.

Excellent Retention Rate

At BarkerGilmore, we recognize that when organizations fill such a vital position as Deputy General Counsel, they want to feel confident that the individual they hire will be an ideal fit and stay around. Our exceptional three-year retention rate of 96% enables you to move forward with your hire with total confidence and receive value for the fee paid for many years to come.

High Satisfaction Rating

Our clients enjoy working with us. Our stellar client satisfaction rating of 4.8 out of 5 is a testament to the quality of our Deputy General Counsel talent acquisition services and our ability to consistently deliver top-tier professionals. Much of our new business comes from references from existing clients who are happy with our performance.

Performance-Based Fee Model

While some Deputy General Counsel recruitment search firms demand payment of the entire fee for their services regardless of the outcome, BarkerGilmore takes a different approach with a pay-for-performance model. We believe we should earn our fees once results have been delivered.

Contact Our Deputy General Counsel Recruitment Search Firm Today

Don't waste valuable time conducting a Deputy General Counsel search that might not deliver the results you expect and that your company requires. Let the experienced legal talent acquisition professionals at BarkerGilmore manage the entire process for you. Our goal is to help you hire the ideal candidate who will contribute to your organization's success for years to come.

We are known for legal and compliance recruiting services you can trust. Contact us to learn more about our Deputy General Counsel headhunter services or request a consultation today.

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