Mike pens a monthly career advice column in Corporate Counsel magazine.
Check out his most recent columns in Corporate Counsel (law.com) covering some law students heading down the road less taken, lawyers receiving and appreciating constructive criticism, and whether in-house counsel should get an MBA.
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We feature John Albright in this issue’s General Counsel profile. I was in the audience on Sept. 12 when John participated in an “Institute for the Future of Law” panel discussion on law department talent.
The discussion focused on the skills lawyers need to develop for success in-house. Themes included adaptability, personal re-invention, use of technology, project management and working as part of cross functional teams. The program made several references to the distinction between a 20th Century “I” shaped lawyer and a 21st Century “T” shaped lawyer. Essentially, “I” shaped lawyers have deep expertise in one area, whereas “T” shaped lawyers embrace process change and take a broader multi-disciplinary approach to their roles. ABA’s article, “The 21st-Century T-Shaped Lawyer,” does a good job of discussing this topic, one that is very popular among legal consultants.
John embraces innovation, but he also understands the value of expertise when it matters most. With a grin, John said he still goes to the “thousand dollar an hour lawyer” when it comes to broker/dealer advice (mission critical to his business). More
John Albright spent the early part of his childhood living all over the world. An army brat, he moved every few years—which forced him to be outgoing and constantly make new friends. Albright made his last childhood move from Australia to North Carolina when he was in the fifth grade, finally setting down roots.
As a student, Albright excelled in math and science throughout his formative years. He graduated with a mechanical engineering degree from Georgia Institute of Technology. Right out of school, he went to work for Shell Chemical Company, selling plastics into the automotive and transportation industries. It was there that Albright had the opportunity to work closely with and get to know some of the lawyers in Shell’s legal department—and he realized, he might find the work rewarding.
Having traveled a lot with his Shell job, Albright got to know—and fall in love with—Nashville. So when it came time to pick a law school, he set his sights on Vanderbilt. “It was a laid back city, and the school had a strong recruiting pipeline, so it made sense,” he said. More
Our client is a publicly traded industry leader based in the Loop. We seek a well rounded employment law attorney to become the Director of Employee Relations. You will report to an executive officer of the company, work closely with internal HR clients, and supervise one junior attorney. Experience must include expertise in a unionized environment… comfortable handling or supervising CBA negotiations, grievance matters, and agency hearings. Your day-to-day will be a mix of union and non-union employment law work.
Position is based in downtown Chicago. We prefer local candidates but will consider relocation for the right candidate. Client name and more details to be provided, of course, in follow-up. If interested, please reach out to Mike Evers at email@example.com or 312-225-1144.
Congratulations to Lisa Chessare, who has joined the law department of publicly traded for-profit education leader Adtalem as Senior Counsel. Evers Legal proudly facilitated this placement. Lisa is a graduate of Northwestern Law School who cut her teeth as a corporate and securities Associate for five years with Schiff Hardin; she had most recently been in-house as Senior Counsel for Commercial Legal Services with Walgreen Co. from 2011 – 2017.
Congratulations to Stephanie Gaines, who joined the law department of publicly traded for-profit education leader Adtalem as Senior Counsel. Evers Legal proudly facilitated the placement. Stephanie is a former Partner with Hinshaw and Culbertson who most recently worked in-house from 2006 to 2017 as Senior Counsel for Employment with Walgreen Co.
Our client is a publicly traded industry leader based in downtown Chicago. Client company name and details will be provided in follow-up. This is a staff level role with a broad range of operational support responsibilities. Full-time on-site. Commercial contracts experience required. This position will be hourly via our Adjunct Counsel service through at least the end of 2018, but it is an ongoing role with the stated strong possibility of converting to direct hire by our client in Q1 or Q2 of 2019. If interested, please start with a resume send to firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m writing this Culture Fit column on July 3, on a plane to Vegas, on my way to play for the first time in the Main Event of the World Series of Poker. I may update with a post-script, but how I finish the tournament is not particularly relevant to the Culture Fit topic it inspires me to write about right now. It is this: Control.
Many of us who went to law school, including yours truly, are control freaks … whether we admit to it or not, we want control of our careers, our future, our lives. There is a lot about the business life I have created for myself that satisfies this craving. I can control my environment for the most part, make choices about how to best use my time, and no one can fire me.
And yet, I continually put myself into positions where the quest for control is consciously made in the face of the uncontrollable. At the poker table, a skilled player is always trying to control the action, control betting patterns, and ultimately control the behaviors of his or her opponents. Indeed, one can have a certain kind of control at a poker table. I can choose to fold, call or raise on any given hand. I have choice and control of my behavior. But, of course, I cannot control the outcome. Even the best players will lose frequently due to multiple factors outside of their control. The best one can do in poker is work toward obtaining a strategic or statistical edge. More
In today’s social media-rich and reliant world, most people have an online presence. Whether its family photos shared on Instagram, life activity updates on Facebook or professional profiles on LinkedIn, it has become increasingly easy for anyone to not only find people online after just a few taps on their keyboard, but also to learn a lot about them. When it comes to looking for a new job, this can be both good and bad.
We’ve all heard stories of job offers being rescinded after an employer Googled a potential candidate and found posts or photos not in line with that company’s values. And over the years, those stories have served as a warning to us all—when it comes to social media, it’s best to err on the side of caution and present your best self.
But social media also serves as an extremely valuable tool in the job search process. Chances are, most legal professionals—if not all—reading this column have a LinkedIn profile. And the more connections you have on LinkedIn (and, in some cases, other social media sites), the likelier you are to be visible to influencers and decision-makers who may benefit your career. Essentially, your profile can be the key to finding your next great job or making valuable professional connections—so use it to its fullest potential. More
Born in Cuba, Luis Machado came to the U.S. with his mother and sisters when he was only four years old. He and his family settled in Union City, N.J., where he spent his childhood—not only developing a love for Springsteen’s music, but also attending the local Catholic schools and then Saint Peter’s Preparatory School in neighboring Jersey City.
For as long as he could remember, Machado had always planned on becoming a doctor. After graduating from Saint Peter’s, he headed to the University of Michigan, where he began a pre-med program. But it didn’t take long for Machado to realize the medical profession wasn’t his dream.
“I realized one day I didn’t want to be a doctor, so I was confronted with that dreaded scenario: Break my mother’s heart and leave the pre-med program or continue studying for a career I knew wouldn’t make me happy,” he explained. More