"Garrison & Sisson is different," says Barbara Steele, a Senior Managing Director at G&S. "We're not just concerned with making placements; we genuinely care about the long-term success of our clients and candidates, and we are committed to doing what is best for them.”
With over two decades in the legal industry, Barb is an essential member of the G&S team. A key figure in partner, in-house, and associate searches, Barb often serves as the first point-of-contact for candidates and oversees targeted research initiatives for retained and exclusive searches. Barb can quickly sift through candidate resources in order to identify those proverbial needles in a haystack. A problem solver by nature, she finds the challenging searches the most compelling and rewarding.
During her years as a legal recruiter, Barb has worked with hundreds of attorneys at all levels and stages of their careers. She regularly speaks with partners and practice group leaders at AmLaw 100 firms about ways to maximize their potential for growth and desires to obtain new platforms in order to enhance their overall success.
Barb credits her success as a recruiter to her personal approach and long-term focus. “We help candidates orient their career path—not just for today, but for years down the road,” she says. “That’s why we have such an extensive network. We have an authentic concern for the best interests of our clients and candidates, and I believe they can sense that.”
Barb also is a fan of G&S’s team approach. “When an attorney enlists our assistance, he/she is getting an entire collection of connections, insider knowledge, and insight.” This is particularly important in partner level searches, where the team works closely to leverage contacts and best position candidates for success.
Prior to her career as a recruiter, Barb worked at Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells) for nearly a decade. During her time there, she assisted the firm’s then Managing Partner and Executive Committee on important business development initiatives. Through these efforts, Barb gained a wealth of expertise on the business side of law firms that continues to inform her recruiting work today.
Barb speaks frequently on recruiting tactics and best practices to follow during a job search and enjoys sharing her expertise. Originally from Colorado, Barb attended the University of Colorado and currently resides in Vienna, Virginia with her husband and family.
Recent Speaking Engagements
Presenter, "'Hot' Practice Area and Job Search Tips" — Matt Schwartz and Barb Steele were presenters on “Hot” Practice Areas and Job Search Tips for a group of George Mason University School of Law Students. The presentation was centered around DC’s most marketable legal specialties and was followed by a question and answer session. (George Mason School of Law, March, 5, 2014)
Presenter, “An Introduction to the Washington, DC Legal Market” — Matt Schwartz and Barb Steele advised George Mason law students on the current state of the DC legal market and how obtain a legal job following graduation. The presentation also covered a description of the most active practice areas, strategies for researching law firms, learning to leverage your connections to your best advantage, and how to avoid common pitfalls in an interview. (George Mason School of Law, August 22, 2013).
- Presenter, “Washington, DC Legal Market and How To Put Your Best Foot Forward” — Sadie Madole and Barb Steele advised Catholic law students on the current state of the DC legal market and how to excel during on-campus recruiting. The presentation also covered the most active practice areas, strategies for researching law firms, learning to leverage social media to your best advantage, and how to avoid common pitfalls in an interview. (Columbus School of Law, the Catholic University of America, August 21, 2013).
- Presenter, Federal Bar Association, Women in Tax Law Section, Networking Reception — Nancy Palermo and Barb Steele shared their thoughts on current hiring trends for tax attorneys, the right time to make a career change, LinkedIn as a useful job search tool, the value of using a legal recruiter and suggestions on resumes, cover letters, etc. (University Club, August 1, 2013).