All posts by Mike Evers

Principal Financial Group (’40 Act)

National search, complete relocation package offered.  Principal Financial Group in Des Moines, Iowa, seeks a veteran ’40 Act attorney.  Details:

Attorney with a minimum of ten years of experience serving a mutual fund complex and having significant expertise relating to the Investment Company Act, the Investment Advisers Act, the Commodity Exchange Act, FINRA rules, broker-dealers, transfer agents and related regulatory filings (including registration statements, proxy statements, periodic reports, exemptive applications and no-action letters); working with and communicating clearly, promptly and authoritatively with the Securities and Exchange Commission, FINRA, CFTC and state insurance reviewers and examiners as well as mutual fund and variable contract accountants, compliance administrators, portfolio managers, operations staff, distribution staff, shareholder servicing staff and other members of fund management; advising the board of directors of mutual funds and ETFs; leading a team of lawyers that serves as the legal resource for a mutual fund complex.

Nominations sought for IC: women poised to become GC

Inside Counsel has asked for our recommendations again on this year’s “R3-100″ list, a compilation of senior level women in-house counsel who are poised to become a General Counsel within the next three years.  It’s a really nice recognition.  If you wish to recommend a colleague, or put yourself up for consideration, please give us a call or email mike@everslegal.com.  Here is the link to last year’s list:  R3-100 for 2013

The Dating Game: 4 Tips for law department hiring

iStock_000005195854SmallSince I consider our readers part of the family, I’m going to write this month’s column as if we are all sitting around the dining room table together. Enjoy.

Over a year into post-divorce dating, I have enough material for a stand-up comedy routine. But I’ll stick with my clean stuff here. Here are four best practices tips for hiring the right candidate into your law department, inspired by my adventures in courtship.

1. Stay closed minded on the important stuff. I really enjoy Chicago.  My social life is here.  Most of my charitable work is done here, and although our traditional recruiting practice is national, our firm’s growing insourcing business is Chicago focused.  So, should I date someone who does not like it here, or someone who is non-local with very little interest in moving here?  It’s a formula for frustration and even heartache.  More 

Diversity in the legal profession is not a given … yet

DiversityAt InsideCounsel’s SuperConference two weeks ago, I had the privilege of moderating a best practices panel on the topic of diversity.

The panelists were terrific, especially since I threw out a curve ball we did not prepare for in advance. During a lunch earlier at the conference, I was struck by the comment of a white male attendee. I was in recruitment mode, encouraging folks to attend our session versus other concurrent session options. This is a good guy, and he gave me the gift of candor by saying that “diversity is a given” where he works, so he’s not sure there’s much left to be said on the topic. More 

Press coverage of our Diversity panel

I was privileged to moderate “Beyond Diversity:  Creating Corporate Culture” at the 2014 Inside Counsel “Superconference.”  My thanks to Maria Green of Illinois Tool Works, David Rawlinson of Grainger, and Martin Montes of Exelon for their panel participation.  I’ll be writing more about our panel later this month in my “Culture Fit” column for our monthly newsletter.  Mike

For IC’s recap of our panel, please click here.

Principal Financial Group: two positions

Repeat business is the most satisfying kind, so I wish to start by thanking the leadership team at Principal Financial Group for coming back to our firm.  We proudly placed two attorneys with PFG a few years back, and they are both loving their careers there.  Here is the deal:  Des Moines, Iowa.  If you are from Iowa or are open to moving to Iowa for a wonderful opportunity, then please continue reading.  Full relo package included, of course.

Principal Financial Group is a financial services leader that is always mentioned in best places to work features.  This law department offers the increasingly rare combination of:  high caliber interesting legal work, plus great work/life balance, plus compensation that will allow you to live like a king or queen in Des Moines.

Two positions, both subject matter specific:  1.  ’40 Act securities expert.  2.  ERISA expert. More 

Special invitation and updates

EversInviteTime flies. We are already into Q2 and now our fourth issue of eNews. Thus far, I have focused on single issue columns such as best practices for hiring and insourcing.  This month I extend a special invitation to you, and touch base quickly on a few topics that I hope will interest you.

As a panel moderator at this year’s InsideCounsel “SuperConference,” I get a few guest passes to offer for in-house attorneys. If you are not already registered and wish to attend, please shoot me a note accordingly.

I am thrilled to be moderating the May 14 panel, “Beyond Diversity: Creating Corporate Culture.” The panelists are Maria Green with Illinois Tool Works, David Rawlinson with Grainger and Martin Montes with Exelon.  Please read my InsideCounsel column previewing that discussion. More 

FMC Technologies, position filled

Congratulations to Philip Kief, who starts April 21 at FMC Technologies in Houston as Counsel.  After cutting his teeth in the energy practices at Akin Gump and Locke Lord, Phil made the move in-house with Aker Solutions, a global oilfield services company.

At FMC Technologies, Phil will handle a broad range of responsibilities as a commercial generalist.

We thank Jeff Carr and Mark Wolf at FMC Technologies for continuing to partner with our firm.

Flex time: the pros of secondments and implementing them successfully

March image (ME)Although we are primarily known for our traditional search work (since 1997), Evers Legal is now in its third year of also providing secondment services for our law department clients. We have enjoyed several successes, learned from a few mistakes, and now I feel ready to write with some confidence on how best to incorporate “flex-talent” into your law department.

But first, I wish to thank our clients who said “yes” to this service early in the roll-out, my friends at companies such as CNH, Exelon, Tenneco, CareerBuilder, DeVry and others. Your trust in our ability to get it right humbles me. More