All posts by Mike Evers

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 

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.