All posts by Mike Evers

Going beyond the resume

Evers-Legal-Executive-Search-Culture-Fit-09-2016Pre-column note: Just at press time, we took an order from a great long-term client, Principal Financial Group.  Competitive compensation and relocation package for ERISA attorneys who will consider the Des Moines, Iowa location.  This is a terrific law department, everyone we have placed there loves it, and PFG is consistently voted one of the best companies to work for in the country.  So, please help me out by spreading the word on this one.  Thank you.  Now, to my column, please enjoy the read:

Our placements in 2016 have me thinking about the title of this column (“Culture Fit”), and fondly recalling a memorable line from Bob Major almost 20 years ago. Let me explain.

In 2015, a lot of my attention was focused on helping one particular client build out its new law department with some specialized and VP level hires. Even with the complication of some geographic relocations, those orders went smoothly. By contrast, our order flow this year is broader, and I am spending significant time on our adjunct counsel service line. More 

Part-time Contracts role

Update:  Filled

BigLaw pedigree sought for ongoing commercial contracts role with Fortune 500 company in Chicago area.  Work from home approximately 20 hours per week, with occasional travel to the client’s HQ.  Chicagoland area residents preferred.  Prefer transactional backgrounds versus litigation.  4+ years of overall experience.  Role is via our Adjunct Counsel service at quality hourly rate.  Wide variety of contracts; client is in the manufacturing industry.  Email resume to info@everslegal.com.

$10,000 to Charity of Your Choice

Evers-Legal-In-House-Legal-Culture-Fit-July-2016We just completed a Senior Counsel search for a terrific client.  Congratulations to Jennifer Hua, the winning candidate.

For almost 20 years, searches like these, from Counsel level to Deputy General Counsel level, have served as the “bread and butter” of our practice. We have recruited the right in-house counsel for companies throughout the Midwest and from coast to coast.

However, we all know that more and more staff level openings of this kind are being handled directly by your HR teams without engaging a search firm. That is why order-growth is coming increasingly from our Adjunct Counsel service line. We always adapt to what our clients want from us. Our current line-up of Adjunct Counsel is exceptional. Contact us to see resumes. More 

Nov. 15 -16 Superconference in Chicago

Please note that this year’s Inhouse Innovates series in Chicago (also and formerly known as the Inside Counsel “Superconference”), previously scheduled for May, is locked down now for Nov. 15 – 16.  There was a change in ownership and the conference is now run by American Lawyer Media.  The move to November has given ALM time to put its unique stamp on the conference and I’m excited to experience their approach.

I am pleased to be one of the panel moderators, and I hope you mark your calendar for the event.  If you previously received a Complimentary Conference Pass from Evers Legal for May, you are automatically registered for November and will receive notice of this (ping me if you don’t).  If you are not registered and wish to attend, let me know.  Depending on eligibility requirements, I may be able to assist with a conference pass or at least a discount.  Mike

Our Counsel Q&A profiles… recommendations?

Our bi-monthly eNews features a Counsel Q&A profile – these have been very well received.  General Counsel and other senior level in-house participants have enjoyed the feedback from friends and colleagues.  The process is fun and painless, handled by expert journalist Cate Flahardy.  It is also a positive way to raise one’s online profile.  Thus far, I have extended invites to participate privately and individually.  We have a couple of openings left in 2016, and I would like to widen the proverbial net.  I welcome recommendations.  Please email mike@everslegal.com or call me at 312-225-1144 to recommend a colleague (or yourself) for a Counsel Q&A.  We do reserve the right to accept or decline recommendations.  Let me hear from you!  Best regards, Mike Evers

Choose the Relationships that Enhance Your Career and Support Others’

Evers Legal Culture Fit Business RelationshipsSusan Sneider literally wrote the book on networking. It’s called A Lawyer’s Guide to Networking. The ABA recently published her updated Second Edition and we are pleased to have Susan as our guest Your Career columnist in this issue of eNews. Susan is my personal career coach, and I recommend her highly.

Networking gets a bad rap. In LawWorld, we often think of it as awkward cocktail party business card exchanges when someone is hunting for business or looking, often desperately, for a new job.

As Susan and the GCs quoted in her column articulate, networking done well is really a daily way of life. It’s about building and maintaining relationships in an unselfish manner focused on helping others. More 

Adjunct Counsel openings

In addition to traditional direct hire recruiting throughout the country, we also offer adjunct counsel on our payroll (in the Chicago area only).  Our work in this area is specific to the on-site flexible staffing needs of in-house law departments.  Our adjunct counsel help during hiring freeze periods (such as when a company is being acquired), staff absences (such as parental leave periods), and on longer term projects typically lasting at least 60 days.  We do not handle high volume, low paid document review matters.

If you have commercial contracts experience, live in the Chicago area, and preferably come with prior experience as in-house counsel, please call 312-225-1144 or email your resume to info@everslegal.com to be considered for adjunct counsel assignments.  Thank you.

Great in-house position advertising industry

Update:  Position successfully filled.

Evers Legal has been retained by Re:Sources USA (which supports Starcom Media and several other entities under the Publicis Groupe umbrella) to fill a Counsel position.  Located in the Loop within the Leo Burnett building, this position offers a vibrant, casual ad agency work environment.  Interesting and evolving subject matter includes Programmatic Advertising.  Lots of client contact.  The work itself is primarily commercial contracts in support of daily ad agency operations.  3+ years of experience sought.  Ideally, you have contracts experience that has touched on software/IT/e-commerce.  Please email resume to mike@everslegal.com or call 312-225-1144 for details.  Resumes sent directly or via another search firm will be routed to us.