All posts by Mike Evers

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.

Superconference discount via Evers (May 9 + 10)

Our friends at InsideCounsel are offering a special discount code for readers of Evers eNews and this blog.  The sessions this year are better than ever.  Here are the details:

The 16th Annual Superconference — www.inhouseinnovates.com/superconference presented by InsideCounsel, is right around the corner. No longer just providing legal counsel, in-house attorneys have become strategic business partners within their companies. They not only need to be influential in the boardroom, but must demonstrate the ability to make strategic decisions on both commercial and legal analysis. At the can’t miss event, you will: 

  • Earn up to 14.5 CLE Credits (including 2.5 Ethics Credits) PLUS if applying in Illinois credit will received by the June 30th deadline!
  • Gain Expertise in the most pressing topics facing General Counsel today through our innovative tracks such as Business Partner Strategies, Regulatory Concerns, Law Department Management, Current Legal  Hot Topics, Ethics & Compliance, Law & Technology!
  • Be eligible to attend the invitation only complimentary Global Lawyer Forum on May 9, 2016 and help your company build a thriving international presence. (In-House Counsel only). NOW CLE ELIGIBLE!
  • Learn tools and techniques from our leading industry expert speakers such as Julie Brill, former Commissioner, Federal Trade Commissioner, Co-Director Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice, Hogan Lovells, Colleen Batcheler, Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, ConAgra Foods, Rebecca “Riv” Goldman, VP, Commercial Law, Rockwell Automation, Jason Parkman, Chief Executive Officer, Mitratech, Mark Smolik, Chief Legal & Compliance Officer, DHL Supply Chain plus many more who will provide best practices you must know to reach the next level of your career.
  • Network with top legal industry professionals.

Register Today and Save $200 off Standard Rates! Use promo code “ME100” to receive discount. Register Online at  https://www.eiseverywhere.com/ereg/index.php?eventid=156979&discountcode=ME100 or contact Frank Wolson at 212-457-9510 or fwolson@alm.com.

Evers moderating panel at In-house Innovates May 10

Friends of our firm are likely familiar with the annual Inside Counsel “Superconference.”  American Lawyer Media has acquired the conference rights and is growing it to four regional conferences re-titled, “In-house Innovates.”  I am pleased to bridge this transition and return as a moderator.  On May 10, I will moderate the panel, “GC & CFO:  Managing Corporate Risk as Partners.”  Details to come.  I encourage you to visit the conference site and consider attending:  https://www.eiseverywhere.com/ehome/156979/agenda/

 

Career Satisfaction: What GCs Can Learn From Our 2016 Survey

CultureFitphoto-Feb16With leadership from Cate Flahardy Communications, we ran our first Career Satisfaction Survey over the past few months. My thanks to Cate, who also edits our eNews and handles our Counsel Q&A. Many thanks also to Anthony Paonita, my editor at InsideCounsel. Anthony kindly published links from my career advice column at InsideCounsel to the survey, which enhanced participation.

And a big thank you to the 223 readers of eNews and Inside Counsel who completed the survey. The response was robust with a nice broad range of experience levels.

In a preliminary question, we asked how long each respondent has been with his or her current employer. Options were: 0 to 2 years; 2 to 5 years; 6 to 10 years; or more than 10 years. There were more responses of 2 to 5 years than any other option, and a whopping 55% of respondents are less than six years with their current company. There is increasingly high turnover and this should be troubling to general counsel. It means companies are losing people just as they are hitting their stride.  More 

FDA Regulatory / Chicago area, 3 days per week +

Our well regarded corporate client in the northern suburbs (bio-pharma) seeks an experienced FDA Regulatory attorney for on-site Adjunct Counsel work via Evers Legal.  Three days per week (but could be four or five depending on candidate preference and work load), plus travel approximately once per month to Boston.  4+ month assignment (predict it could extend much longer).  We will pay well.  Call Mike Evers at 312-225-1144 for details, resume to mike@everslegal.com.  Thank you.

Announcements, Our Survey and Talent Available

CultureFitphotoI am pleased to have my colleague Meredith Haydon back and working with us again on a regular basis. As some of you may know, Meredith lost her husband Chris to cancer earlier this year and she took some time off. So this photo from a holiday party on Dec. 3 takes on special meaning for me. It also reflects our different styles. As Meredith would say, I’m the “schmoozer” with the big grin. And I’m always trying to get her to chill out more! Since 1999, our complementary strengths have served our clients well, and we look forward to more of the same in 2016. More