Senior Employment Law position / Downtown Chicago

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 mike@everslegal.com or 312-225-1144.

Congrats Lisa Chessare

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.

Congrats Stephanie Gaines

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.

Downtown Chicago / commercial generalist

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 info@everslegal.com

Thank you.

The quest for control

Evers-Legal-Executive-Search-Culture-Fit-Jul-2018I’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 

A thoughtful social media presence benefits your career

Evers-Legal-In-House-Legal-Career-Advice-Jul-2018In 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 

Luis Machado: A strong legal department leader at CTS Corp.

Luis-Machado-General-Counsel-CTS-CorpBorn 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 

Labor Counsel (downtown Chicago)

With headquarters in the Loop, our publicly traded Fortune 500 client is heavily unionized.  We seek a traditional labor lawyer for a role that breaks down approximately as follows:  30% negotiating collective bargaining agreements, including in multi-employer settings; 30% administrative claims management; 30% grievance arbitrations / union relations; 10% general employee relations counseling and advice.

Travel approximately 25%, all domestic.

Seeking 6+ years of experience.  We will consider candidates coming straight from a law firm.  Public sector labor lawyers with CBA experience who want to move into the private sector will be favorably considered as well.

Interested candidates should please send a resume to mike@everslegal.com.  We will not send your resume to this (or any other) client without first providing the client name and additional details, meeting with you in-person, and getting your permission (if mutual interest) to proceed.

Corporate Counsel magazine

A note of thanks.  For years, I wrote the career advice column for Inside Counsel.  American Lawyer Media purchased Inside Counsel a few years back and slowly merged it into Corporate Counsel (an ALM holding), which is now the dominant trade publication for in-house attorneys.

Corporate Counsel kindly invited me to continue in a similar role for them, and you will see links to the most current career advice column at our home page.

Please also look for an upcoming article by Dan Clark in the September issue of Corporate Counsel.  Dan is a terrific writer who is taking on the challenge of reporting on the ongoing evolution of the General Counsel role… from back office cop to mission critical business partner in the C-Suite.

Mike Evers

Benefits for our Adjunct Counsel

In the past two years, our Adjunct Counsel service has “blown up” among law departments in the Chicago area.  For clients and potential clients:  At your request, we can provide examples of dozens of successful assignments over the past decade, resumes of attorneys who are working as Adjunct Counsel for us now, and of course resumes of outstanding in-house counsel who are available to meet your specific need.  We have a terrific commercial generalist available (David L.) who is coming off a family leave absence coverage assignment in mid-August, and an experienced intellectual property attorney (Patti S.) who offers tremendous value.  Just examples.

One important change that has been in place for over a year now, but we want to call attention to this for any attorney who may wish to apply for our Adjunct Counsel opportunities:  we offer benefits including health care coverage.  We were behind other larger staffing firms (like Axiom) on this issue in the past, but our volume and infrastructure has grown to match the competition on health care benefits.  This enables longer term assignments and longer term relationships with Adjunct Counsel who may wish to work on consecutive assignments.

Email info@everslegal.com to inquire about Adjunct Counsel work.