As a member of MLA Transform, Barrett Avigdor works with corporate law departments and law firms around the world to help them meet the needs of their businesses and clients and to attract and retain top talent. She helps to build highly effective teams by assessing organizational structures and using recognized assessments and interviews to recommend alignment of lawyers to roles that maximize their strengths and support the mission of the organization.
Barrett is also an executive coach whose particular focus is helping rising executives realize their career potential. She brings more than 25 years of experience as a senior leader, manager and executive, lawyer, recruiter and coach. Certified by the College of Executive Coaching, she works with individuals and teams to help them achieve their professional goals and perform to their maximum potential.
Barrett is also the Managing Director – Latin America of our In-House Counsel Practice. In this role, she conducts senior-level searches on behalf of corporate law departments in a wide range of industries. Barrett is based in our San Diego office.
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