Hiring Top General Counsel

We hold a proven track record of success in delivering top talent and long-term placements across all industries. Our niche expertise and ability to attract and assess world-class General Counsel set us ahead of the competition. We provide exceptional talent with high emotional intelligence, broad legal, business and financial acumen, and leadership skills to enhance your executive team. Our finely tuned search process and ability to deliver diverse fields of candidates who match your company culture and business requirements make BarkerGilmore a dependable partner for CHROs and CEOs.

A Leading General Counsel Recruitment Firm for Public, Private, and Nonprofit Organizations of All Sizes

BarkerGilmore has completed General Counsel engagements in a variety of industries, including:

We understand each employer has unique needs and will perform the diligence to get to know your business and the executive team to ensure a perfect match. Our diverse fields of candidates are so well aligned to your requirements and culture, your most difficult challenge is determining which candidate to select.

Our Search Process

When it comes to finding the right legal leader for your business, we take a thoughtful approach and always begin with an executive alignment meeting to understand your specific needs. Our research begins broadly, finding candidates with the key qualifications to serve as a successful General Counsel. From there, we narrow the field through a comprehensive assessment process and present you with a hand-selected short-list of candidates who best fit the unique needs of your organization. We know that the longer your company is without a General Counsel, the greater the legal risk, so we make the search process as efficient as possible and identify the right candidates quickly.

Our Candidate Assessment Process

We pride ourselves on our thorough candidate assessment leading to the most qualified General Counsel for your organization today. During the process, we will evaluate:

  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Judgment
  • Leadership abilities
  • Risk tolerance
  • Legal, business, and financial acumen
  • Cultural fit
  • Motivation, passion for the position/industry, and compensation requirements

Only candidates with a stellar track record and high scores in each of the categories above make the cut.  Our process leads to great success measured by a long placement stick rate, high percentage of woman and minority placements, and high level of client satisfaction.

Benefits of Engaging BarkerGilmore to Recruit Your General Counsel

There are many benefits to working with us, including:

  • Exclusive focus: Our niche concentration has enabled us to become the number one in-house legal recruiting firm in the country. Our nationwide network of talent and our highly attuned assessment capabilities deliver only exceptional, business savvy talent with top credentials, high emotional intelligence and the ability to form close relationships with the executive team — while serving the business as strategic advisers.
  • Successful track record: Our successful results make us a leader in the industry, with metrics that include successful completion of 98% of all searches started, and a 96% retention rate of placements over the past three years.
  • Diversity: We prioritize diversity in our recruitment. In 2018, 55% of all placements were diverse: 43% women, and 22% were minorities.
  • High client satisfaction: Our client satisfaction score is 4.7 out of 5.0. Our clients enjoy working with us and trust us as search partners who will always deliver finish-line, top talent. All clients are willing to act as references, and testimonials reveal working with BarkerGilmore offers better customer service, value, and better overall results than the larger global executive search firms.
  • Personalized approach: As a boutique firm, we provide individualized service to every client. You will get the best of both worlds with a broad network of candidates to pull from and personalized attention working with an experienced leader of the firm.
  • Experienced: Our team of recruiters includes skilled professionals with experience in the business. We have placed candidates across a wide variety of industries and can provide top talent in any business and any location.
  • Well connected: We maintain strong relationships with talent and companies alike and regularly receive referrals from our many trusted contacts and clients.
  • Time saver: Recruiting top legal talent and finding a candidate who is right for your business may take months on your own. When partnering with BarkerGilmore, you have immediate access to the top attorneys and General Counsel in the marketplace and save the time of searching endlessly for a qualified candidate who matches your culture and is motivated to join your organization.

Hire a Business-Minded, Strategic Partner with BarkerGilmore General Counsel Executive Search

At BarkerGilmore, we understand the specific and important characteristics a General Counsel candidate must possess to serve as a strategic advisor. Soft skills not reflected on the resume, including emotional intelligence, leadership, judgment, financial acumen, and gravitas are equally important to long-term success.  The position requires a deep understanding of your company's business and legal objectives, which evolve over time. The person must also be able to provide valuable insights into the details of your company's transactions, business operations, regulatory landscape, and other initiatives. A General Counsel executive search performed by a specialized boutique firm is an essential part of identifying the right match for your leadership team.

With a position that carries this level of responsibility, it's essential to find the perfect match for the job. At BarkerGilmore, we offer our clients access to 98% of all top-tier lawyers, which allows you unprecedented access to the largest pool of General Counsel candidates. This overall selection of talent is balanced with our unique and personalized approach to working with our clients. We get to know your company, so we can assess candidates for your exact needs. We always present you with a diverse slate of hand-selected candidates.

Instead of spending many months looking to hire a General Counsel on your own, let BarkerGilmore do the work for you. Our access to talent, unique approach, and services set us apart from the competition, and we can ensure the thoughtful care necessary to find the right General Counsel for your company.

To find out more about our services or to request a consultation, contact us today.

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