About Us

BarkerGilmore is a boutique firm recognized by CEOs, boards, and executives as best-in-class legal and compliance executive search professionals and leadership consultants. With a team of advisors and recruiters spanning the United States, BarkerGilmore’s client roster includes leading consumer, energy, financial, healthcare & life science, industrial, non-profit, private equity, and technology companies.

Our niche concentration gives us unequalled access to a specialized network of talent. We have established relationships that allow us to identify and engage with the top legal and compliance professionals for any assignment. We pride ourselves on providing the highest standard of service and establishing meaningful and long-lasting partnerships with our clients.

Our track record of success is evident in these three-year metrics:

  • 98% Search Completion Rate
  • 96% Placement Retention Rate
  • 27% Minority Placement Rate
  • 53% Women Placement Rate
  • 4.8/5.0 Client Satisfaction Rating

To learn more about our firm, visit https://www.barkergilmore.com/

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Our Mission Statement

BarkerGilmore’s mission is to build, develop, and optimize in-house legal and compliance teams through an unwavering commitment to quality, diversity, and long-term success.

Our Values

  • Passion – We celebrate the success of others.
  • Collaboration – We believe in the power of teamwork to achieve optimal results.
  • Integrity – We are honest, transparent, and ethical in all interactions.
  • Exceeding Expectations – We overcome obstacles, find solutions, and deliver unparalleled results.
  • Balance – We embrace our work in a flexible, team-focused, and family-first environment.
  • Continuous Improvement – We cultivate a culture of innovation in our pursuit of excellence.
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Justice – We foster multiple perspectives, experiences, and potentials.


Solutions And Expertise

With over 280 years of collective experience as sitting General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officers, BarkerGilmore’s esteemed advisors and executive search consultants have a proven record of success that sets us apart from our global competition. We have earned a national reputation as a thought leader and the go-to recruiting firm for the most qualified legal and compliance talent and the most attractive career opportunities. As a boutique firm with a focus on placing General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officers, and specialized in-house counsel, we are proud of our 98% search completion rate, our commitment to diversity, and high level of client satisfaction.

With an assessment process finely tuned for in-house counsel and compliance officers, you can trust our credentialed candidates possess emotional intelligence, motivation, passion for the position and organization, and will serve as a strategic advisor on your leadership team. Our stick rate is the highest in the industry, bringing your company exceptional value and long-term return on investment. Three years post-placement, 96% of our candidates remain at our client companies.

Today’s competitive corporate environment demands the best from its legal leaders. As such, our suite of services also includes leadership development, succession planning, and organizational strategy consultation. Enjoy full access to a team of seasoned former GCs and CCOs who will leverage their decades of experience to guide you, your department, and your organization to exceed even the highest expectations.

  • Advisory Services
  • Assessment
  • Executive Coaching
  • Executive Search
  • Interim
  • Leadership Consulting
  • Leadership Develop.
  • Mgmt. Consulting
  • Organizational Strategy
  • Succession Planning
  • All Industries
  • Legal/Compliance
  • Privacy
  • Risk Management

News Briefings

BarkerGilmore Taps Chief Compliance Officer for Sinclair Broadcast Group

Legal and compliance recruitment firm BarkerGilmore has placed Jeffrey Lewis as chief compliance officer for Sinclair Broadcast Group in Hunt Valley, MD. The assignment was spearheaded by John Gilmore, co-founder and managing partner, and Stephen Bell, senior director. In this newly-created position, Mr. Lewis will supervise corporate compliance functions, including regulatory, code of conduct, competition

BarkerGilmore Adds Former Ashland General Counsel to Senior Advisor Roster

Boutique search firm BarkerGilmore, which specializes in building corporate legal and compliance teams, has added Peter Ganz as a senior advisor. He becomes the newest member of a team of Fortune 500 general counsel and chief compliance officers. “Ganz’s depth of experience brings another dimension to clients seeking to bring out the best in their people

BarkerGilmore Releases General Counsel Study

Succession to a general counsel role is a critical accomplishment for many legal professionals. However, little research exists to understand the path to position attainment from those that have achieved the role of general counsel. A new research report by legal-focused executive search firm BarkerGilmore aims to contribute to this conversation by delving into the

BarkerGilmore Recruits General Counsel for TopBuild Corp. As Demand for Role Intensifies

Legal recruiting generally has been booming this year. According to Hunt Scanlon Media, lawyers employed by government agencies in particular have been on the move as a result of changes in government administrations. Employment of lawyers is projected to grow 10 percent through 2022. Demand for legal work is expected to be robust as individuals, businesses, and all levels of

Press Releases

Executive Legal and Compliance Recruiting Firm, BarkerGilmore, Unveils New Image and Website

(July 14, 2021) BarkerGilmore is pleased to reveal a new brand image and website. With a continued commitment to recruiting and developing in-house legal and compliance talent, the updated website showcases BarkerGilmore’s unparalleled recruiting and advising success metrics. The firm is proud of its three-year placement retention rate of 96%. “Our recruiting process and assessment are

Study Reveals Law School Rank and Am Law 100 Experience Increase In-House Counsel Compensation

(June 3, 2021) BarkerGilmore, a boutique executive search firm recognized for helping companies build world-class legal and compliance departments nationwide, released their annual 2021 In-House Counsel Compensation Report today. The data was collected from a random sample of in-house counsel throughout the United States via an online survey administered from February to March 2021. “We are

BarkerGilmore Recruits Jeffrey Lewis as Chief Compliance Officer for Sinclair Broadcast Group

(Jan. 29, 2021) BarkerGilmore, a boutique firm specializing in legal and compliance executive search and leadership development, has recruited Jeffrey Lewis as the new Chief Compliance Officer of Sinclair Broadcast Group. The engagement was managed by John Gilmore, co-founder and Managing Partner, and Stephen Bell, Senior Director of BarkerGilmore. Chris Ripley, President and Chief Executive

BarkerGilmore Adds Former Ashland Global Holdings Chief Legal & Compliance Officer, Senior VP, General Counsel & Secretary to Senior Advisor Roster

(Jan. 25, 2021) Peter Ganz, who most recently served as Chief Legal and Compliance Officer, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Ashland Global Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: ASH), a global specialty chemicals company, has joined BarkerGilmore, a New York-based boutique executive search and consulting firm. The newest member of a distinguished team of Fortune