John Gilmore

last updated 6/13/2018

John Gilmore

Managing Partner at BarkerGilmore LLC

1387 Fairport Road Suite 845, Fairport, New York, United States
HQ Phone:
(877) 571-5047

General Information


bachelor's DegreeState University of New York at Buffalo

bachelor's DegreeUniversity at Buffalo

bachelor's DegreeUniversity of Buffalo

master's degreeState University of New York at Buffalo

master's degreeUniversity at Buffalo

master's degreeUniversity of Buffalo


Founder - International Paper Company

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BarkerGilmore's Managing Partner on Today's Law Department Leaders - Argyle Journal

John Gilmore, Managing Partner, BarkerGilmore, discussed what it takes to succeed as a chief legal officer or general counsel in his presentation to Argyle's CLO membership at the 2016 Chief Legal Officer Leadership Forum in Washington, DC on June 21.
In his presentation, "CLO/General Counsel Assessment - What CEOs and Boards Are Looking for From Today's Law Department Leaders," Gilmore described some of the key traits that CEOs and boards of directors look for in CLO and GC candidates. According to Gilmore, becoming a successful CLO or GC requires a long-term approach. In fact, a CLO or GC candidate typically builds his or her leadership skills over an extended period of time and generates support from his or her peers consistently. "[A CLO or GC displays] a leadership style where if you do it throughout your whole career, the loyalty and the people that you'll build underneath you are incredible," Gilmore said. Gilmore also pointed out the physical skill set of a CLO of GC varies depending on the company and its requirements. However, a CLO or GC candidate's reputation often plays a key role in whether he or she is a viable applicant. "What we're looking for in our assessment is your reputation," Gilmore stated. "Sometimes, we overestimate ourselves," Gilmore said. "Legal skills are important, but you can buy legal skills you don't have," Gilmore said. A CLO or GC must be able to succeed under pressure, Gilmore said, and CEOs and boards of directors will want to assess how a candidate will deliver results in exceedingly challenging scenarios. "It's the executive team understanding what are you made of," Gilmore said. "When you accept a general counsel position, you don't want to misfire," Gilmore stated. "You'll want to make sure that your values align with the company that you would go to so that it's a great long-term fit." So how can a CLO or GC candidate improve his or her chances of landing the right job within the right organization? Gilmore pointed out a CLO or GC candidate must find ways to improve his or her reputation, this applicant must strive to do the right thing in his or her daily activities. "Make sure your reputation and identity are parallel," Gilmore said. "Then, what you know about yourself is the same that others know about you, and then you're bound for success." ABOUT JOHN: John Gilmore is a Managing Partner at BarkerGilmore. With almost three decades of experience in executive recruiting, he has managed the successful placement of General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officers for Fortune-500 and emerging growth companies. John's searches are guided by his commitment to succession planning. He helps his clients build the strongest and most productive legal departments by taking into consideration a company's current circumstances as well as its future needs. His unparalleled track record in executive search and assessment led him to develop the CustomFit process, which is employed in every BarkerGilmore search. This innovative tool provides a powerful recruiting solution, and has resulted in candidate placement and retention rates well above industry average. John holds bachelor's and master's degrees from the University at Buffalo. He is considered an authority on succession planning, and on compensation and employment trends for legal and compliance. He is often quoted in the press and his insights have appeared in numerous publications, including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Corporate Board Member Magazine. Tagged With: Argyle Executive Forum • Argyle Journal • Chief Legal Officer • Management • Leadership • Washington DC • identity • BarkerGilmore • John Gilmore • reputation • General Counsel featuring John Gilmore

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Management Archives - Page 2 of 3 - Argyle Journal

featuring John Gilmore
John Gilmore, Managing Partner, BarkerGilmore, discussed what it takes to succeed as a chief legal officer or general counsel in his presentation to Argyle's CLO membership at the 2016 Chief Legal Officer Leadership Forum in Washington, DC on June 21.

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Total Compensation Up Four Percent From Last Year

Increased equity awards are part of a bigger story for companies' leading lawyers, according to John Gilmore, a managing partner at BarkerGilmore.
"The reflection of the newly found power of the GC is apparent in the transition of their title to chief legal officer, indicating they have taken a seat at the boardroom table to join other C-suite executives who are compensated with significant equity grants," Gilmore said in the Tuesday press release.

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