Category Archives: Open Positions

Another “conversion” hire

Congratulations Ricky Kalra!  Ricky has been working long-term via Evers Legal as an Adjunct Counsel with US Foods.  We just learned that Ricky will be hired directly by US Foods and we could not be happier for him.  He worked hard in a contract role, he was patient, and he is now being rewarded for both.

This marks the 6th time in 2018 that an attorney who started as an Adjunct Counsel via Evers Legal has been hired directly by our law department client.  The lingo in our world for this is a temp to perm conversion.  We are careful to never promise such an outcome when someone pursues an Adjunct Counsel assignment via Evers Legal.  But here is, indeed, more evidence that sometimes it’s a very effective way to get one’s foot in the door.

As a reminder to our clients, we have a singular focus:  placing attorneys (and attorneys only) with corporations.  We do not handle law firm work.  Within this singular focus, however, we do offer two service lines:  traditional direct hire search, at the highest General Counsel level to specialized non-managerial level hires, AND on-site assignment placement.  For the latter, our attorneys are fairly paid W2 benefits eligible employees, giving you the flexibility to add talent to your law department without adding to your payroll.

Congrats Ritu Vig

Congratulations Ritu Vig for joining SP+ as its new Senior Vice President & Deputy General Counsel.  SP+ is a $1B+ publicly traded leader in parking and transportation services, based in Chicago.

Ritu’s background includes senior level in-house positions with R.R. Donnelley & Sons and Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, prior to which she did her BigLaw teeth cutting at Katten Muchin and Dykema Gossett.  She holds an MBA from The University of Chicago and a JD from Illinois.

Evers Legal is grateful to SP+ for the opportunity to handle this search.

Assistant General Counsel / Commercial Litigation

Evers Legal has been exclusively Retained by Ubiquiti Networks (Nasdaq: UBNT) to recruit an experienced in-house litigation attorney to create and lead a litigation management role, with the stated goal of implementing best practices for outside counsel engagement, litigation cost control, and strategic oversight.

This position will be based in Chicago, reporting to the Chicago based Chief Legal Officer of the company.  You will enjoy executive level interaction and have a chance to make a meaningful difference in the company’s bottom-line.

Ubiquiti Networks is a lean business with a laser focus on designing best in class IT products.  80% of the company’s employees are engineers, and the right candidate will thrive in an entrepreneurial culture.

The winning candidate will have a track record of implementing litigation best practices and cost controls for a corporate law department.  Respectfully, we are not interested for this position in candidates for whom this would be the first in-house move from a law firm. The winner does not need an IT background.  We are open to candidates coming from unrelated industries or larger companies.  Significant litigation oversight and management is the key criteria.

Interested candidates, please start with an inquiry email or resume send to:  mike@everslegal.com.  Thank you.

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.

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.

Univar: Congratulations Julie Halperin

We are pleased to congratulate Julie Halperin on joining Univar as Senior Counsel.  Julie received her joint JD/MBA from Northwestern in 2009, cut her teeth as a corporate finance associate with Goldberg Kohn, and most recently served as Senior Counsel with BMO Harris.  Julie also worked as a Consultant for Accenture prior to attending law school.

Thank you to the legal and HR leadership teams at Univar for partnering with our firm on this engagement.

Adjunct Counsel positions

In addition to direct hire traditional recruiting, we offer an Adjunct Counsel service for law departments with project needs or headcount restrictions.  This is on-site work as a valued member of the departments we serve… not the lower end document review contract attorney work (which is often off-site or via a law firm).

Since this blog gets circulated and read by other search and staffing firms, we have to keep client names out of the following descriptions.  Otherwise, the GC’s at those companies will get hit with unsolicited calls and resumes.  The following are real openings, immediate needs with excellent law departments in the Chicago area:

Senior level (10+ years) client facing operational support… commercial contracts, counseling, and government compliance.  Title IX or other higher education experience a plus.  Full-time, in the Loop, duration estimate 8 to 12 weeks.

Junior level (2 to 6 years) client facing operational support… primarily commercial contracts.  Client is a web based commercial enterprise.  Full-time, in the Loop, duration through end of 2018.  Possibility of extension into 2019 or direct hire conversion.

Senior level (10+ years) minimal client interface… securities expertise (’33/’34 Act) required for proxy season support.  On-site in Loop, part-time with flexibility on exact hours, duration estimate through August.

Compensation:  Our lowest hourly pay rate is $60, for junior level work only.  Most of our Adjunct Counsel are paid $80 to $100 per hour, with a few assignments calling for pay rates above $100 per hour.  In some cases we engage Adjunct Counsel as independent contractors (especially for those attorneys who are also juggling other clients), but most of our Adjunct Counsel are W2 employees and benefits eligible.  Most of our assignments are full-time and unsuitable for attorneys with an active law firm practice.

In addition to the three active openings listed above, we of course welcome general inquiries and resume submissions for consideration as new opportunities arise.  Send resumes to info@everslegal.com.  Thank you.