Barrett Avigdor Managing Director

Barrett Avigdor

Publications

Building an International Legal Team - Where to Start September 20, 2016 Where should general coun Read More
How to Hire Great People January 12, 2016 Barrett Avidgor and Joann Read More
Press 'Up' on Your Career: How to Develop a Good Elevator Pitch February 4, 2015 Press 'Up' on Your Career Read More
Steer your Career July 3, 2014 Life’s too short to be un Read More

In the News

Border Crossing: Building an International Team to Support a Global Business June 3, 2016 Even if youve built a sol Read More

I believe that work should be fun.  When we have a job we love, we do our best work and the rest of our life is happier too. My mission as a recruiter is to find lawyers who will love their jobs and be high performers for my clients. I seek to understand my client's culture and how they will define success for this new hire. I also educate my clients on the market in which they are hiring. With this insight, I find candidates with the skills, aspirations and work style to fit the role.

Barrett Avigdor is Managing Director for Latin America and a member of our In-House Practice Group, based in our San Diego office. She specializes in in-house placements in Latin America for all industries as well as the technology segment in all geographies. A happiness advocate, coach and best-selling author, Barrett believes that lawyers should (and can) enjoy their work as much as she enjoys hers. Her training as an executive coach and an emotional intelligence expert and her long experience managing global teams of in-house lawyers combine to give her a unique perspective on recruiting.

Barrett has worked in Latin America for over 20 years, has lived in Mexico and Brazil and is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. Barrett resides in San Diego with her husband, Alain.

Experience

Prior to joining Major, Lindsey & Africa, Barrett served as in-house counsel for Accenture, a global technology and outsourcing company. While at Accenture, she created and led the Latin American legal team as well as global teams of lawyers supporting the outsourcing practice and the Financial Services and Communications and High Tech service groups. Barrett also established and led a legal service center in Mauritius. Her most recent role at Accenture was as director of legal talent strategy where she focused on enhancing the productivity and engagement of 430+ lawyers in the global legal group.

Barrett began her legal career in Chicago at Keck Mahin & Cate, a large national firm, in the corporate practice. Later, she joined a former partner of Mayer Brown & Platt to form GM&A International, a boutique firm focused on business transactions between the U.S. and Mexico.

Barrett is the co-author of the best-seller, "What Happy Working Mothers Know" (Wiley 2009). She has spoken frequently on the subject of happiness and high performance.

A certified executive coach and trainer, Barrett has worked with attorneys around the world to help them enhance their professional performance and create a life they enjoy by utilizing emotional intelligence and their individual strengths.

Placements

Regional Employment Counsel – Latin America for Uber Technologies

Associate General Counsel – Latin America for Compassion International

Regional Compliance Counsel - Nokia

Regional Counsel – Latin America for Under Armour

Regional Counsel – Latin America for Expedia

Director of Data Privacy for Ingram Micro

Education

University of Chicago Law School: J.D.

University of Wisconsin – Madison: B.A., Economics and Spanish, magna cum laude

Fulbright Scholar to Brazil

Rotary Club Scholar to Mexico

Associations

Hispanic National Bar Association

International In-House Counsel Group