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.
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.
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