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

BarkerGilmore Recruits General Counsel for Malta

Boutique search firm BarkerGilmore, which specializes in building corporate legal and compliance teams, has assisted in the recruitment of Alex Hernandez as general counsel of Malta Inc., a Cambridge, MA-based innovator of grid-scale, long-duration energy storage. The assignment was led by John Gilmore, co-founder and managing partner, and Stephen Bell, senior director. “Alex is a great addition to

General Counsel Role Expands to Risk Oversight 

A key position in the C-suite, the general counsel role has been elevated in the past decade, from purveyor of legal advice to one of strategic counsel. With the proliferation of risks today, the general counsel is crucial in providing the board with the information they need to fulfill their duty of care. Yet, a

BarkerGilmore Adds Former PepsiCo General Counsel as Senior Advisor

Boutique search firm BarkerGilmore, which specializes in building corporate legal and compliance teams, has added former PepsiCo general counsel David Yawman to its consulting division as a senior advisor. The firm noted that Yawman’s depth of experience adds another dimension for clients seeking to bring out the best in their people and take their organization to

Inside the High Demand for General Counsel Leaders

The legal and compliance market is booming. The number of in-house lawyers and law firm partners with aspirations of becoming a general counsel is at an all-time high. Unfortunately, landing the position is a challenge. Every search has specific criteria established by the executive leadership team and board which must be met. Some of the criteria

Press Releases

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

BarkerGilmore Has Been Exclusively Retained by Verso Corporation to Find Its Next General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer

(Oct. 21, 2020) BarkerGilmore, a boutique firm recognized for its best-in-class legal and compliance executive search and leadership development, announced that it has been retained by Verso Corporation (“Verso”) to find its next Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary & Chief Compliance Officer (“GC”). Robert Barker, co-founder and Managing Partner, and Steve Bell, Senior


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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:
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