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Chicago: commercial contracts experience sought

Although we are known primarily for our national executive search service for law departments, our complementary and lesser known offering is growing significantly.  Specifically, we have several experienced in-house attorneys on secondment to law departments. These are primarily in-house commercial generalists filling operational roles during client staffing shortages, and occasionally on what are known as “temp to perm” option assignments. See more details.

Our need here is primarily in the Chicago area. You would be on our payroll (not the client’s, not a 1099). We pay well versus the lower end document review shops, but we generally pay a bit below Axiom. We believe we have found the correct “sweet spot” pricing for secondment services and that our combination of talent quality and fair billing rates is largely responsible for the growth of this service line. You will earn (either hourly or fixed fee, depending upon the assignment) well above six figures annualized.

If you wish to be considered for assignment work, please email Meredith at mhaydon@everslegal.com. Consider this a call for attorneys at all levels of experience (other than entry level), as we try to have as many options as possible available for our clients as needs arise. Thank you.

Terrific panel assembled for corporate culture discussion

Mark your calendars for Superconference in Chicago, May 13 – 14.  I’ll have more to say about this panel in my April “Evers eNews” column, but for now here are the details (it’s a cut and paste from the conference web site):

EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT – Beyond Diversity: Creating Your Department’s Culture

  • May 14, 2014: 11:30 am12:45 pm

Too often, companies think of diversity only within the confines of strategic hiring practices — versus creating a culture of inclusion. This session will dig deeper into the unique benefits of a multicultural workforce within a globalized economy; overcoming barriers that hinder inclusion; attracting diverse talent and how best to promote long term success. Join this session for a very candid conversation.

Moderator: Mike EversEvers Legal

Interview checklist: 3 attributes of the ideal candidate

CheckMany logic driven attempts have been made to assess culture fit objectively: personality tests, skills based tests, and situational interviewing strategies. Such exercises can be useful, and I’ll address them in future columns. No matter the process, however, I believe that hiring is far more art than science. Trusting your gut is the correct approach. And in my opinion, that gut check should include a checklist of three essential attributes.

1. Hire people pleasers. Your nightmare as a general counsel is the professional who does not enjoy providing customer service. Many outstanding lawyers lack good bedside manner, and they are most effective as outside counsel. More 

It’s all about Culture Fit at FMC Technologies

We are seeking a commercial generalist for Houston based FMC Technologies.  This is a junior level Counsel position (3 to 8 yrs) that is suitable for someone coming straight from a law firm.  However, candidates who went straight to law school after college will have trouble qualifying.  Why?  FMC Technologies takes a truly unique view of qualifications, favoring individuals who have real world non-legal business or other work experience before making a decision to attend law school.  Our client feels, and correctly so, that such candidates bring the right level of maturity and corporate interpersonal skills to indicate likely success in an in-house law department environment.

The culture at FMC Technologies is different in other ways as well, placing a strong emphasis on innovation, process, and collaboration.  If you wish to learn more, please call us at 312-225-1144.

Dow Corning position filled

Congratulations to Shandell Massey, who starts March 3 at Dow Corning.  Shandell will be relocating to Midland, Michigan from Chicago.  After graduating from law school at Michigan, Shandell spent four years cutting her teeth as a corporate Associate with AmLaw 100 firm Edwards Wildman, and she was in her fifth year as a commercial generalist with Atkore International when we called.  We first met Shandell at a dinner meeting our firm hosted for the Midwest Minority In-house Counsel Group.  Thank you for taking our call, Shandell.

Many thanks to Cornell Boggs, the general counsel of Dow Corning.  Cornell has kindly participated in GC roundtables and panels moderated by Mike Evers.  We appreciate Cornell’s confidence in Evers Legal.

Location change: Earthbound Farm position now at parent HQ in Denver

WhiteWave Foods (NYSE: WWAV) is a growing leader in the organic foods space.  WhiteWave recently acquired Earthbound Farm, a leading provider of organic produce.  Evers Legal has been exclusively retained to help fill the newly created position of Senior Division Counsel for Earthbound Farm, a role that will also include additional opportunity with other WhiteWave business units.  The position will be located in the Denver area, specifically Broomfield, CO, although you would spend considerable time in California for the first few months (where Earthbound Farm is located).

The role is operational across a broad spectrum of duties, including marketing and advertising review, commercial contracts, supply agreements with independent farmers, joint ventures, and (smaller component) litigation management.

Must have:  Consumer Products industry experience, preference for in-house experience.  Minimum 7+ years of experience, would welcome more.  Relocation provided, this is a national search.

For more details or to express your interest, please contact Mike Evers at 312-225-1144 or mike@everslegal.com.  Thank you.

Adding Value: Evers eNews brings valuable insights to the in-house bar

Mike 2014 PR shot 2Welcome to Evers eNews, a monthly bulletin designed to add value for you and your law department.

The phrase “add value” smacks of sales-speak and business school class. But I embrace it. Recruiting is an episodic enterprise, so we try our best here to help clients in the months or even years that pass between search assignments. We hope that small things, such as complimentary benchmarking and invitations to special events, make a difference. This is why the signature line in our email reads, “How can we help your law department?” I continuously challenge our firm internally with that question. More 

FMC Technologies and Dow Corning positions

2014 is off to a fast start.

Evers Legal has been retained by FMC Technologies in Houston, Texas, to fill a Counsel position. We have also been exclusively engaged by Dow Corning in Midland, Michigan, to fill a Senior Commercial Attorney position.

Both openings require 5+ years of experience, and the job descriptions are similar:  general commercial and strategic support of daily operations. Of course, each opportunity is unique and we would like to discuss the one that is right for you in much greater detail.

Call us at 312.225.1144 with your questions, or email us your resume at resumes@everslegal.com.