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:

  • 97% Search Completion Rate
  • 94% Placement Retention Rate
  • 28% Minority Placement Rate
  • 54% 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 330 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, 97% 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

From A Company’s Top Lawyer a Top Decision Maker

Beyond the ever-increasing level of connectivity and complexity in the business environment, emerging issues in the last several years have re-shaped priorities for public companies in areas ranging from human capital management to political activity and data security. Growing social movements have brought a sharper focus to diversity, equity, and inclusion from investors, employees, and

Amid Global Labor Shortage, Businesses Rethink Talent Strategies 

Amid ongoing labor shortages around the world, The Conference Board has released a new report to help business leaders rethink strategies for finding the right talent. The report, Navigating the Global Talent Tsunami, encourages leaders to fundamentally rethink long-held assumptions about who can do the work; where, when, and how the work gets done; and the talent acquisition

BarkerGilmore Recruits General Counsel for Rye Development

Boutique search firm BarkerGilmore, which specializes in building corporate legal and compliance teams, has assisted in the recruitment of John Seymour as the new general counsel of Rye Development. The search was led by John Gilmore, co-founder and managing partner, and Stephen Bell, senior director. “John hit the ground running. We have already given him substantial work, and

Talent Shortages Reach Highest Levels in 16 Years 

Hiring optimism has returned to levels not seen since the start of the pandemic with employers in 36 of 40 countries reporting stronger hiring outlooks year-over-year according to the latest ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey of more than 40,000 employers. Yet that optimism is being tempered by the highest levels of global talent shortages in 16

Press Releases

Increasing DEI of In-House Legal and Compliance Teams

Fairport, NY (February 21, 2023) — Legal and Compliance Executive Search Firm BarkerGilmore has released a research white paper, From DEI Statements to Action: Successful Recruiting Strategies for Increasing In-House Legal Team Diversity, which investigates strategies that companies and legal teams use to increase representation in their legal department. The study also identifies correlations between

BarkerGilmore Adds Jennifer Pileggi, Former Senior VP, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer, and Corporate Secretary of Zuora, Inc. to Senior Advisor Roster

(April 12, 2022) Jennifer Pileggi, who most recently served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer, and Corporate Secretary of Zuora (NYSE: ZUO), an enterprise SaaS company providing leading cloud-based subscription management and analytics, has joined the consulting division of BarkerGilmore, a New York-based executive search firm, as a senior advisor. The newest

Boards Rely on GCs More Than Ever: New Study From BarkerGilmore and Corporate Board Member

(March 25, 2022) BarkerGilmore, a boutique executive search firm recognized by CEOs, boards and executives as best-in-class legal and compliance search professionals and leadership consultants, in partnership with Corporate Board Member, released a study identifying the growing trend in boards expecting more from GCs.   Boards rely on GCs more than ever. Research conducted in 2016 found the GC’s primary

Panavance Therapeutics Inc. Appoints BarkerGilmore Senior Advisor Marla Persky to its Board of Directors

(Feb. 15, 2022) BarkerGilmore, a boutique firm specializing in legal and compliance executive search and leadership development, congratulates Senior Advisor, Marla Persky, on her newest leadership role as a member of the board of directors (Chair, Nomination and Governance Committee) at clinical-stage pharmaceutical company, Panavance Therapeutics Inc. “Panavance’s leadership team is tirelessly committed to developing therapies


Inside the High Demand for General Counsel Leaders
In-House Recruitment as a Driving Force for Diversity in the Legal Profession
General Counsel Pay Trends: A Q&A with John Gilmore, BarkerGilmore
Behind The High Demand For Chief Legal Officers
Chief Legal Officers are in High Demand
Meet Senior Director, Katie Gilmore, the Newest Member of the Executive Search Team
Maximize Your Law Department’s Value by Leading ESG
A Deep Dive: The Critical Role of the General Counsel
How to Determine if a Company is the Right Culture Fit for You
Fostering a Culture of Collaboration and Inclusion in the Digital Era
How to Determine if a Candidate is the Right Culture Fit
8 Trends for Fortune 500 General Counsel Appointments in 2020
Top 5 Moves to Become a General Counsel
How to Describe Your Company Culture to Attract the Right Candidates
Three Ways Women Lawyers Can Overcome Reluctance to Self-Advocate in the Workplace
Selecting the Best In-House Counsel Recruitment Firm
Working with a Recruiter: In the End, Trust is a Must

To view all of BarkerGilmore’s blogs, please visit: https://www.barkergilmore.com/content_type/blog/

2021 In-House Counsel Compensation Report
The CEO’s General Counsel: A Strategic Advisor and Champion of Business Growth
2020 Aspiring General Counsel Report
2020 General Counsel Succession Report
2020 General Counsel Compensation Report
The CEO Perspective: The Role and Value of Today’s GC
2020 Healthcare and Life Sciences Compensation Report
Legal Assessments Benefit the Bottom Line

To view all of BarkerGilmore’s research, please visit: https://www.barkergilmore.com/content_type/research-report/

Case Studies:
To view BarkerGilmore’s case studies, please visit: https://www.barkergilmore.com/barker-gilmore-case-studies-ver-2