How to ask CEO Santa for New Headcount

CultureFit-image1024x768Happy holidays! What would you like to see in your law department’s stocking this year? Have you asked CEO Santa for an increased budget in 2017? If so, my guess is that Santa wanted a whole lot of information to back-up the request.

Last month, I moderated a panel at In-house Innovates (formerly known as “Superconference”) titled “Allocating Law Department Resources.” One of my takeaways from our session, and the conference generally, is that in-house counsel are getting with the program when it comes to using data and performance metrics. Numbers speak much louder than words when making the case for additional resources.

But even if the metrics make sense, for example in projected savings versus outside counsel use, Santa may still get grumpy if you ask for additional headcount. That is a present wrapped in commitment, and batteries are definitely not included. And so metrics are just a starting point. More 

Volvo Financial Services (Greensboro, NC), relo paid

Update:  Closed

Our client Volvo Financial Services in Greensboro, North Carolina, seeks an attorney with 4+ years of experience for an equipment leasing and finance role.  Relocation package available.  Qualified candidates will have expertise in UCC Article 2A and Article 9 transactions.  Exposure to bankruptcy matters and litigation management helpful.  You will work with sales, operations, and credit functions in developing and implementing legal policies and documentation for commercial truck, tractor, trailer, construction equipment, bus and other specialized transportation and commercial equipment financing products in the United States.  Title: Senior Legal Counsel.

We welcome law firm associates with relevant experience seeking to make their first move in-house.  Of course, if you are in-house with a bank or captive finance company and seek the opportunity to live in beautiful Greensboro and work for a terrific legal team, we want your resume too.  Please email to mike@everslegal.com

Full-time ongoing contracts position / Chicago

Update:  Filled (However, we always welcome candidates who fit the description below, as our Adjunct Counsel service employs contracts attorneys routinely.)

Law department of major company with office location near O’Hare.  We are paying $45 to $50 per hour for a junior level contracts role.  Full-time, ongoing.  Some exposure to bankruptcy helpful but not required.  Our client is financially healthy, but some of the contracts are impacted by corporate customer bankruptcies.  Please email resume to info@everslegal.com.  Thank you.

 

Lead Counsel / pharma / Chicago

Update:  Filled.

We are conducting a search for a pharmaceutical client located in the northern suburbs of Chicago.  6+ years of experience, generalist role (i.e. supports commercial operations), but does require industry regulatory knowledge (FDA, Prescription Drug Marketing Act, Anti-kickback statutes, etc.).  Pharma industry experience required, will gladly consider candidates straight out of law firms as well as in-house counsel.  Please email resume to mike@everslegal.com or call 312-225-1144.

ERISA Counsel, Principal Financial Group

Update:  Closed

Our client, Principal Financial Group, seeks two ERISA attorneys with 5+ years of experience.  Competitive compensation and relocation to the company’s HQ city of Des Moines, Iowa.  PFG is consistently voted one of the best companies to work for in America, and the attorneys we have placed with this client in the past rave about the opportunity.  Please send your resume to mike@everslegal.com or call 312-225-1144.

Here is the job description:

Experienced attorney with five years or more practice predominantly with pension plan issues relating to pension plan operation, plan investment issues, fiduciary/transactional operations, and experience with current regulatory positions.  Applicant would work with experienced team providing advice on pension-related legal issues to a group of affiliated companies that provide plan services as well as manufacture plan investment options.  

Requires Juris Doctorate and 5 plus years’ experience practicing law predominantly with pension plans issues.
Requires knowledge of the relevant area of law and its application.

 

Going beyond the resume

Evers-Legal-Executive-Search-Culture-Fit-09-2016Pre-column note: Just at press time, we took an order from a great long-term client, Principal Financial Group.  Competitive compensation and relocation package for ERISA attorneys who will consider the Des Moines, Iowa location.  This is a terrific law department, everyone we have placed there loves it, and PFG is consistently voted one of the best companies to work for in the country.  So, please help me out by spreading the word on this one.  Thank you.  Now, to my column, please enjoy the read:

Our placements in 2016 have me thinking about the title of this column (“Culture Fit”), and fondly recalling a memorable line from Bob Major almost 20 years ago. Let me explain.

In 2015, a lot of my attention was focused on helping one particular client build out its new law department with some specialized and VP level hires. Even with the complication of some geographic relocations, those orders went smoothly. By contrast, our order flow this year is broader, and I am spending significant time on our adjunct counsel service line. More 

Law school reunions: don’t miss out on these great networking opportunities

Evers-Legal-Executive-Search-Your-Career-09-2016The law school reunion. Depending on the type of person you are, you either look forward to it or feel disinterested at the idea of going. Law school reunions can be fun or uncomfortable, a waste of time or invaluably productive. It’s all about your attitude and how well you prepare for what can be a great opportunity for improving your career.

The reality is, law school reunions can be goldmines for making new and important career-advancing connections. Many of those classmates you’ve lost touch with may be the perfect people with whom to network. A few may be in leadership roles looking to fill positions that are essentially your dream job. Or others may be working in your dream job and can offer valuable insights on how to make the right moves to get there. Or still, maybe you’re that ideal connection for someone else, and you can serve as an excellent gateway for another classmate who’s looking to make a job move. More 

Jockey’s General Counsel and his unconventional career path

200x200 As the SVP of human resources, general counsel and secretary of Jockey International, Mark Jaeger is right where he wants to be in his career. Growing up in the Chicago suburbs, Jaeger was a good student with an interest in business and law. As an undergrad at University of Iowa, Jaeger focused his studies on economics, but he knew he wanted to become a lawyer. So after completing his undergraduate studies, Jaeger headed straight to law school—attending Southern Illinois University.

But from there, Jaeger’s career path didn’t follow that of today’s typical general counsel. Unlike most GCs, who typically spend a few years in a law firm before crossing over to the business side, Jaeger landed an in-house gig right out of law school, at manufacturing company Roper Corp. in Kankakee, Ill.

“I wasn’t targeting in-house positions at that point,” Jaeger explains. “I was just looking for opportunities to practice law close to my hometown of Chicago.” More 

Part-time Contracts role

Update:  Filled

BigLaw pedigree sought for ongoing commercial contracts role with Fortune 500 company in Chicago area.  Work from home approximately 20 hours per week, with occasional travel to the client’s HQ.  Chicagoland area residents preferred.  Prefer transactional backgrounds versus litigation.  4+ years of overall experience.  Role is via our Adjunct Counsel service at quality hourly rate.  Wide variety of contracts; client is in the manufacturing industry.  Email resume to info@everslegal.com.