Senior Counsel, Volvo Financial Services (NC)

Our client, Volvo Financial Services (VFS), is the finance arm of the Volvo Group… one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks, buses and construction equipment, drive systems for marine and industrial applications, and is the world’s leading producer of heavy-diesel engines.

We are looking for an attorney with commercial finance or capital markets experience for a Senior Counsel position reporting to the General Counsel of VFS.  The position is located in Greensboro, North Carolina (relo assistance is available).  Ideally 5+ years out of law school, coming straight from a law firm corporate finance practice, a boutique, or a financial institution.

You will work with sales, operations and credit functions in developing and implementing necessary legal policies and documentation for commercial truck, tractor, trailer, construction equipment, bus and other specialized transportation and commercial equipment financing products in the Unites States.  UCC Article 2A and Article 9 commercial contracts.  Support compliance initiatives, such as FCPA, anti-money laundering, and data privacy.  Occasional outside counsel management over litigation/bankruptcy matters and support on restructuring of troubled transactions.

If interested, please email your resume to mike@everslegal.com or call 312-225-1144 with questions.  Thank you.

 

Adtalem – Employment Counsel

Employment Counsel

             Our client, Adtalem Global Education (NYSE: ATGE), is a leading education provider and parent company to institutions of higher learning internationally.  Adtalem is moving its headquarters to downtown Chicago on December 1, and this position will be located at the new HQ. 

             The Employment Counsel:

Partners with HR leadership by providing practical legal support and day-to-day employment counseling on a wide variety of matters including wage and hour practices, accommodation requests and the interactive process, benefits support, discipline, discrimination and harassment investigations, and recruiting and hiring practices, etc.  

Participates in the development of legally compliant policies and practices in all areas of labor and employment in addition to developing and conducting training on such policies and practices.  

Represents ATGE and its institutions in response to threatened employment-related claims, demand letters, and before government agencies in employment discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wage matters, including the EEOC, its state counterparts, the DOL and NLRB.  

Provides support and guidance on restructures and reductions-in-force, including OWBPA disclosure requirements.  

Negotiates and prepares agreements including faculty agreements, consulting agreements, separation and severance agreements and definite term employment contracts.

Partners with HR senior leadership in creating and implementing polices and maintains working knowledge of organization policies and federal, state and local legislation and updates policies when necessary.  

Supports institutions subject to OFFCP requirements by providing guidance on development of affirmative action plans and goals and compliance audits.

Manages outside counsel in handling employment litigation, as needed.

Completes other duties as assigned.     

        Our ideal candidate will be a subject matter expert with in-house law department experience, preceded by some law firm teeth cutting.  Minimum 7 years out of law school.  Local candidates preferred.  Competitive compensation includes an attractive equity component.  Please send your resume to mike@everslegal.com or call us at 312-225-1144 with questions.  Evers Legal is working on this opportunity exclusively; inquiries made directly to Adtalem will be routed to our search firm.

Fast and furious: visionary and race car driver Jeff Carr continues driving change in the delivery of legal services

JWC OC picAs a young man growing up in Delaware, Jeff Carr was always hard at work. Whether he was fixing banged-up cars in his family’s body shop, refinishing beautiful pieces of furniture in his uncle’s artisan furniture store or preventing drownings as a lifeguard at the local pool, Carr was slowly and carefully developing skills that would become critical to his success as a legal department leader in the years to come.

Carr has a reputation among his GC peers as being a visionary in changing the way legal departments and law firms deliver legal services. “Innovators are only considered to be visionaries after they’re proven successful,” Carr says. “Before that, we were just thought of as crazy.”

In the early days, Carr’s out-of-the-box ideas may have seemed crazy, but before he retired after a long tenure in the GC seat of Fortune 500 company FMC Technologies, Carr worked for years with law associations and other forward thinkers to shape the way legal departments partnered with law firms and bought legal services—not only helping put the terms “alternative fee arrangement” and “fixed fee” on the legal services map, but also creating efficiencies within the legal department world that previously didn’t exist. More 

Legal Department Operations, Delegate it to an Expert

Evers-Legal-Executive-Recruiting-Culture-Fit-09-2017By working exclusively with corporate legal departments and eschewing law firm recruiting, Evers Legal stays in tune with the evolution of in-house culture.  Although we are best known for traditional direct hire search and placement of experienced in-house counsel, we have broadened our service offerings over the years to meet the niche needs of law departments.

About 10 years ago we began providing  “adjunct counsel.”  I wanted to create an option for on-site secondments that would be based on quality rather than volume. Our vision was to fill your contract attorney needs with talent that exceeded the expectations often associated with that term. Sometimes our adjunct counsel are even converted to direct hire positions, as happened just last month for Greg Lacey. A former Dykema partner and all around great guy, Greg was on an assignment for us with Adtalem, a for-profit education company, before landing permanently there. Congrats Greg!

And now, for the first time in several years, we are extending our service offering once again. We are now your go-to search firm when you need a legal department operations (LDO) professional. This position is a natural fit within our niche law department expertise and network. Moreover, individuals with the right experience to fill these roles are not yet available in large numbers. Put bluntly, a do-it-yourself approach to recruiting a top shelf LDO will be frustrating. Let us help! More 

Is the Exciting World of Legal Operations Right for You?

Brad Blickstein head_hires

We’d like to thank Brad Blickstein, principal at the Blickstein Group, for serving as this issue’s Your Career guest columnist.

Are you looking for a new challenge? Are you process- and budget-oriented? Do you love finding new ways to get things done? Then maybe YOU are a candidate for the exciting and fast-growing field of Legal Operations! In 2008, when legendary law department operations professional David Cambria and I launched the first-ever Law Department Operations Survey, we weren’t exactly whistling into the wind. Just almost. We did have 33 responses and eight companies had enough vision to sponsor the survey—including Consilio (then Huron Legal), which has been our great partner ever since. But not too many really understood what we were talking about. While a few departments had seen the light and hired professional managers (note the 33 respondents), practicing lawyers still ran the law departments.

The professional role has evolved considerably. All the major legal magazines now cover legal operations on a regular basis. The Association of Corporate Counsel has a Legal Operations organization and the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium put on a conference with more than 900 attendees this year. And 124 companies responded to our survey in 2016. There are now thousands of legal operations professionals nationwide. It is not only a viable career path, but also perhaps the best career path for many. More 

Career advice

Preparing to become a General Counsel, corporate politics, asking for a raise, networking… we have covered a range of topics in our monthly career advice column for Inside Counsel.

Please scroll through for topics that might be relevant for you.  But also:  we welcome suggestions!  What is keeping you up at night?  What information would be most helpful?  Please write to me at mike@everslegal.com with ideas and requests.  Thank you.

 

Congrats Greg Lacey

I am very pleased to relay a nice outcome that originated with our Adjunct Counsel service offering.  Greg Lacey was on assignment through our firm with client Adtalem (the leader in for-profit education services).  Greg is a former Partner with Dykema Gossett; he is a  stellar employment attorney and litigator.  Towards the end of Greg’s assignment, he interviewed for a direct hire position with Adtalem and was recently hired.  Congratulations Greg!

While we are always careful to never promise direct hire employment as a possible outcome when an attorney works on-site as one of our Adjunct Counsel… “conversions” to direct hire are indeed win-win outcomes for all involved when they occur.  That’s why we endeavor to provide permanent placement caliber attorneys for all of our Adjunct Counsel assignments.

Thank you, Greg.  Thank you, Adtalem.  Mike Evers

Principal Financial Group / Asset Management Counsel

Principal Financial Group is a leading financial services company based in Des Moines, IA.  Terrific in-house legal department.  Relocation package available.  If you are an attorney with asset management experience who is willing to consider the excellent lifestyle and low cost of living in Des Moines, please contact mike@everslegal.com for more information.

Here is an overview description of the position:

Asset Management attorney

Provides legal services to a number of internal clients on a variety of matters in support of a global asset management business.  A minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience at a law firm and/or company is preferred.  Candidates should have strong corporate and transactional experience. Experience with laws and regulations applicable to investment management including US and international regulations regarding investment advisers and investment funds is a plus.

 

Our pricing model: Chameleon

Evers-Legal-Legal-Recruiter-CultureFit-June2017Congratulations to one of my favorite General Counsel, Jeffrey Carr. Jeff pioneered incentive-based law firm engagements, and much more, during his tenure with FMC Technologies. Jeff advocated for changes in how legal services are delivered via his writing, and through prominent roles with InsideCounsel’s Superconference and The General Counsel Forum. Jeff returned to the arena on May 11 as the new General Counsel of Univar (NYSE: UNVR), a global chemical distributor.

Jeff’s return to the in-house community brings back fond memories of 2011, when our firm placed three attorneys with FMC Technologies. Jeff and I worked out search fee terms with three components: a modest retainer, a set fixed fee for making a placement and a discretionary bonus based on client satisfaction with our overall service. The agreement aligned our interests, and none of it was based on the compensation of the attorneys we placed. The work was so rewarding, it inspired this column for InsideCounsel on the merits of a new pricing structure for recruiting. More