A Winding Path: Bill Caruso’s Journey to DeVry’s Legal Department

Head shotFor F. Willis (Bill) Caruso Jr., law was in his blood. Both of his parents, his mother’s parents, and several siblings and extended family members were all lawyers he admired as he grew up in the west suburbs of Chicago. It seemed he was destined to be a lawyer, but Caruso had his sights set on a different career—medicine.

However, once he entered the University of Wisconsin for undergrad and started pursuing the classes that would lead him to medical school, his affinity for the field waned. Despite the fact that he had always excelled in math and science, organic chemistry—a requirement for any pre-med program—just wasn’t working out for him. So he shifted his focus to the obvious one: law. And it just clicked. More 

5 Insights That Will Help Ensure Your Resume Ages Gracefully

Evers-Legal-In-House-Legal-Career-Advice-July-2016Writing a great resume can be challenging for any lawyer. It’s a competitive profession, and one that’s replete with intelligent, experienced, hard-working achievers. It’s important to stand out among an already elite group. But the task of developing a strong, competitive resume becomes especially complicated for lawyers who have resume gaps.

It’s fairly easy to explain away short periods of time without a job. In fact, in-house counsel who have been laid off from big companies for reasons outside of their control are often highly sought after among other legal departments looking for experienced in-house counsel. But long stretches of unemployment are problematic.  More 

$10,000 to Charity of Your Choice

Evers-Legal-In-House-Legal-Culture-Fit-July-2016We just completed a Senior Counsel search for a terrific client.  Congratulations to Jennifer Hua, the winning candidate.

For almost 20 years, searches like these, from Counsel level to Deputy General Counsel level, have served as the “bread and butter” of our practice. We have recruited the right in-house counsel for companies throughout the Midwest and from coast to coast.

However, we all know that more and more staff level openings of this kind are being handled directly by your HR teams without engaging a search firm. That is why order-growth is coming increasingly from our Adjunct Counsel service line. We always adapt to what our clients want from us. Our current line-up of Adjunct Counsel is exceptional. Contact us to see resumes. More 

Nov. 15 -16 Superconference in Chicago

Please note that this year’s Inhouse Innovates series in Chicago (also and formerly known as the Inside Counsel “Superconference”), previously scheduled for May, is locked down now for Nov. 15 – 16.  There was a change in ownership and the conference is now run by American Lawyer Media.  The move to November has given ALM time to put its unique stamp on the conference and I’m excited to experience their approach.

I am pleased to be one of the panel moderators, and I hope you mark your calendar for the event.  If you previously received a Complimentary Conference Pass from Evers Legal for May, you are automatically registered for November and will receive notice of this (ping me if you don’t).  If you are not registered and wish to attend, let me know.  Depending on eligibility requirements, I may be able to assist with a conference pass or at least a discount.  Mike

Our Counsel Q&A profiles… recommendations?

Our bi-monthly eNews features a Counsel Q&A profile – these have been very well received.  General Counsel and other senior level in-house participants have enjoyed the feedback from friends and colleagues.  The process is fun and painless, handled by expert journalist Cate Flahardy.  It is also a positive way to raise one’s online profile.  Thus far, I have extended invites to participate privately and individually.  We have a couple of openings left in 2016, and I would like to widen the proverbial net.  I welcome recommendations.  Please email mike@everslegal.com or call me at 312-225-1144 to recommend a colleague (or yourself) for a Counsel Q&A.  We do reserve the right to accept or decline recommendations.  Let me hear from you!  Best regards, Mike Evers

Choose the Relationships that Enhance Your Career and Support Others’

Evers Legal Culture Fit Business RelationshipsSusan Sneider literally wrote the book on networking. It’s called A Lawyer’s Guide to Networking. The ABA recently published her updated Second Edition and we are pleased to have Susan as our guest Your Career columnist in this issue of eNews. Susan is my personal career coach, and I recommend her highly.

Networking gets a bad rap. In LawWorld, we often think of it as awkward cocktail party business card exchanges when someone is hunting for business or looking, often desperately, for a new job.

As Susan and the GCs quoted in her column articulate, networking done well is really a daily way of life. It’s about building and maintaining relationships in an unselfish manner focused on helping others. More 

Guest Columnist Susan Sneider Discusses the Importance of Networking

Sitting in for Meredith Haydon this issue, we welcome Susan Sneider as our guest columnist for Your Career.

Networking Expands Horizons, Opens Doors and Maximizes Career Satisfaction

When people ask me what networking is, I often start with identifying what networking is not.

Susan Sneider Importance of Networking Evers Legal SearchGlad-handing, pandering and pushiness are neither networking skills nor prerequisites to successful networking (and are, in fact, really incompatible with it). Working a room, while a great skill and potentially an initial networking step, is not networking either. Networking, it turns out, is actually something quite methodical and long term. It is equally accessible to extroverts and introverts alike and is best viewed as a marathon, not a sprint.

I define networking as the building and sustaining relationships over time to provide value to others. The heart of networking is helping others. The good news is that in the process of helping others, people are likely to experience their own personal and professional benefits in the future. More 

Alan Bryan Finds Career Satisfaction at the World’s Largest Retailer

Alan Bryan April eNews Career Satisfaction at Walmart Evers Legal Counsel Q&AGrowing up in small town Morrilton, Arkansas, Alan Bryan always thought he’d be a doctor. It was a clear path—and one that made sense for Bryan, who excelled academically in middle school and high school, and loved the idea of spending his life helping people.

But when Bryan landed at University of Arkansas and started defining his skill set, becoming a doctor seemed less appealing. “I came to the realization that I was not thrilled about working in hospitals — and that can be pretty important in the medical field — so I changed course,” he says. “It hit me that I was really better-suited to help people and businesses through persuasiveness and problem-solving, and not so much in the medical context.” More 

Adjunct Counsel openings

In addition to traditional direct hire recruiting throughout the country, we also offer adjunct counsel on our payroll (in the Chicago area only).  Our work in this area is specific to the on-site flexible staffing needs of in-house law departments.  Our adjunct counsel help during hiring freeze periods (such as when a company is being acquired), staff absences (such as parental leave periods), and on longer term projects typically lasting at least 60 days.  We do not handle high volume, low paid document review matters.

If you have commercial contracts experience, live in the Chicago area, and preferably come with prior experience as in-house counsel, please call 312-225-1144 or email your resume to info@everslegal.com to be considered for adjunct counsel assignments.  Thank you.