All posts by Mike Evers

Assistant General Counsel / Commercial Litigation

Evers Legal has been exclusively Retained by Ubiquiti Networks (Nasdaq: UBNT) to recruit an experienced in-house litigation attorney to create and lead a litigation management role, with the stated goal of implementing best practices for outside counsel engagement, litigation cost control, and strategic oversight.

This position will be based in Chicago, reporting to the Chicago based Chief Legal Officer of the company.  You will enjoy executive level interaction and have a chance to make a meaningful difference in the company’s bottom-line.

Ubiquiti Networks is a lean business with a laser focus on designing best in class IT products.  80% of the company’s employees are engineers, and the right candidate will thrive in an entrepreneurial culture.

The winning candidate will have a track record of implementing litigation best practices and cost controls for a corporate law department.  Respectfully, we are not interested for this position in candidates for whom this would be the first in-house move from a law firm. The winner does not need an IT background.  We are open to candidates coming from unrelated industries or larger companies.  Significant litigation oversight and management is the key criteria.

Interested candidates, please start with an inquiry email or resume send to:  mike@everslegal.com.  Thank you.

Specialists in Highest Demand

We feature John Albright in this issue’s General Counsel profile. I was in the audience on Sept. 12 when John participated in an “Institute for the Future of Law” panel discussion on law department talent.

The discussion focused on the skills lawyers need to develop for success in-house. Themes included adaptability, personal re-invention, use of technology, project management and working as part of cross functional teams. The program made several references to the distinction between a 20th Century “I” shaped lawyer and a 21st Century “T” shaped lawyer. Essentially, “I” shaped lawyers have deep expertise in one area, whereas “T” shaped lawyers embrace process change and take a broader multi-disciplinary approach to their roles. ABA’s article, “The 21st-Century T-Shaped Lawyer,” does a good job of discussing this topic, one that is very popular among legal consultants.

John embraces innovation, but he also understands the value of expertise when it matters most. With a grin, John said he still goes to the “thousand dollar an hour lawyer” when it comes to broker/dealer advice (mission critical to his business). More 

Senior Employment Law position / Downtown Chicago

Our client is a publicly traded industry leader based in the Loop.  We seek a well rounded employment law attorney to become the Director of Employee Relations.  You will report to an executive officer of the company, work closely with internal HR clients, and supervise one junior attorney.  Experience must include expertise in a unionized environment… comfortable handling or supervising CBA negotiations, grievance matters, and agency hearings.  Your day-to-day will be a mix of union and non-union employment law work.

Position is based in downtown Chicago.  We prefer local candidates but will consider relocation for the right candidate.  Client name and more details to be provided, of course, in follow-up.  If interested, please reach out to Mike Evers at mike@everslegal.com or 312-225-1144.

Congrats Lisa Chessare

Congratulations to Lisa Chessare, who has joined the law department of publicly traded for-profit education leader Adtalem as Senior Counsel.  Evers Legal proudly facilitated this placement.  Lisa is a graduate of Northwestern Law School who cut her teeth as a corporate and securities Associate for five years with Schiff Hardin; she had most recently been in-house as Senior Counsel for Commercial Legal Services with Walgreen Co. from 2011 – 2017.

Congrats Stephanie Gaines

Congratulations to Stephanie Gaines, who joined the law department of publicly traded for-profit education leader Adtalem as Senior Counsel.  Evers Legal proudly facilitated the placement.  Stephanie is a former Partner with Hinshaw and Culbertson who most recently worked in-house from 2006 to 2017 as Senior Counsel for Employment with Walgreen Co.

Downtown Chicago / commercial generalist

Our client is a publicly traded industry leader based in downtown Chicago.  Client company name and details will be provided in follow-up.  This is a staff level role with a broad range of operational support responsibilities.  Full-time on-site.  Commercial contracts experience required.  This position will be hourly via our Adjunct Counsel service through at least the end of 2018, but it is an ongoing role with the stated strong possibility of converting to direct hire by our client in Q1 or Q2 of 2019.  If interested, please start with a resume send to info@everslegal.com

Thank you.

The quest for control

Evers-Legal-Executive-Search-Culture-Fit-Jul-2018I’m writing this Culture Fit column on July 3, on a plane to Vegas, on my way to play for the first time in the Main Event of the World Series of Poker. I may update with a post-script, but how I finish the tournament is not particularly relevant to the Culture Fit topic it inspires me to write about right now. It is this: Control.

Many of us who went to law school, including yours truly, are control freaks … whether we admit to it or not, we want control of our careers, our future, our lives. There is a lot about the business life I have created for myself that satisfies this craving. I can control my environment for the most part, make choices about how to best use my time, and no one can fire me.

And yet, I continually put myself into positions where the quest for control is consciously made in the face of the uncontrollable. At the poker table, a skilled player is always trying to control the action, control betting patterns, and ultimately control the behaviors of his or her opponents. Indeed, one can have a certain kind of control at a poker table. I can choose to fold, call or raise on any given hand. I have choice and control of my behavior. But, of course, I cannot control the outcome. Even the best players will lose frequently due to multiple factors outside of their control. The best one can do in poker is work toward obtaining a strategic or statistical edge.  More 

Labor Counsel (downtown Chicago)

With headquarters in the Loop, our publicly traded Fortune 500 client is heavily unionized.  We seek a traditional labor lawyer for a role that breaks down approximately as follows:  30% negotiating collective bargaining agreements, including in multi-employer settings; 30% administrative claims management; 30% grievance arbitrations / union relations; 10% general employee relations counseling and advice.

Travel approximately 25%, all domestic.

Seeking 6+ years of experience.  We will consider candidates coming straight from a law firm.  Public sector labor lawyers with CBA experience who want to move into the private sector will be favorably considered as well.

Interested candidates should please send a resume to mike@everslegal.com.  We will not send your resume to this (or any other) client without first providing the client name and additional details, meeting with you in-person, and getting your permission (if mutual interest) to proceed.

Corporate Counsel magazine

A note of thanks.  For years, I wrote the career advice column for Inside Counsel.  American Lawyer Media purchased Inside Counsel a few years back and slowly merged it into Corporate Counsel (an ALM holding), which is now the dominant trade publication for in-house attorneys.

Corporate Counsel kindly invited me to continue in a similar role for them, and you will see links to the most current career advice column at our home page.

Please also look for an upcoming article by Dan Clark in the September issue of Corporate Counsel.  Dan is a terrific writer who is taking on the challenge of reporting on the ongoing evolution of the General Counsel role… from back office cop to mission critical business partner in the C-Suite.

Mike Evers

Benefits for our Adjunct Counsel

In the past two years, our Adjunct Counsel service has “blown up” among law departments in the Chicago area.  For clients and potential clients:  At your request, we can provide examples of dozens of successful assignments over the past decade, resumes of attorneys who are working as Adjunct Counsel for us now, and of course resumes of outstanding in-house counsel who are available to meet your specific need.  We have a terrific commercial generalist available (David L.) who is coming off a family leave absence coverage assignment in mid-August, and an experienced intellectual property attorney (Patti S.) who offers tremendous value.  Just examples.

One important change that has been in place for over a year now, but we want to call attention to this for any attorney who may wish to apply for our Adjunct Counsel opportunities:  we offer benefits including health care coverage.  We were behind other larger staffing firms (like Axiom) on this issue in the past, but our volume and infrastructure has grown to match the competition on health care benefits.  This enables longer term assignments and longer term relationships with Adjunct Counsel who may wish to work on consecutive assignments.

Email info@everslegal.com to inquire about Adjunct Counsel work.