Category Archives: Your Career

Going in-house: Advice from the top

For young lawyers looking to land a senior in-house counsel position at some point in their careers, there’s no better source for advice than today’s law department leaders.

Each year, we interview experienced general counsel from a variety of industries, and we always ask them: What advice would you give a young lawyer who wants to be a GC someday?

Here’s a roundup of the suggestions our 2018 GC profile participants had for aspiring senior in-house counsel: More 

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.

Career Advice Roundup

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.

If you have any topic ideas you would like to see addressed in a future column, please send ideas and suggestions to cflahardy@everslegal.comMore 

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We’ve all heard stories of job offers being rescinded after an employer Googled a potential candidate and found posts or photos not in line with that company’s values.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 

Survey says: In-house counsel embrace responsibility, desire advancement opportunities

Evers-Legal-Executive-Recruiter-May18-Your-CareerAs any in-house counsel is likely to tell you, their role in both a legal department and the overall organization presents both rewards and challenges. As highly educated professionals—often with years of experience already under their belts—in-house counsel at all levels of a company have important jobs that require specialized skills. But are they happy in their careers?

At Evers Legal, that’s a question we’ve pondered for a long time—and two years ago, we decided to ask our subscribers in our first-ever Evers Legal Career Satisfaction Survey. This year, we asked again.

Not surprisingly, and just as we learned from our results in 2016, in-house counsel at all levels—from legal counsel to chief legal officer—have an above-average career satisfaction level of 3.43, on a scale of 1 (lowest) to 5 (highest). And they find their jobs highly satisfying in many ways. More 

Quality over dollar signs: What do we know about in-house counsel career satisfaction?

Evers-Legal-In-House-Legal-Career-Advice-Feb-2018Career satisfaction. What does it really mean? Finding happiness in any job means different things to different people. While money is often an important source of career satisfaction, it’s not always at the top of the list.

At Evers Legal Search, we are conducting our second-ever Career Satisfaction Survey for in-house counsel to find out what truly makes in-house lawyers happy in their work. Click here to take the survey now!

We learned a lot from our first survey two years ago. Most notably, that in-house counsel value many things in their careers above financial compensation—such as responsibilities, supporting the company’s mission and working with a great team.  More 

Aim High: Career Advice from 4 Successful GCs

Evers-Legal-Executive-Recruiter-Dec17-Your-CareerThe role of general counsel is a coveted position for which many lawyers strive.. But the path to the GC seat varies greatly. While some highly successful general counsel cut their teeth in big law firms, others landed junior level in-house positions straight out of law school—and there are many other paths as well.

While there is no clear, defined career path to follow that will ensure lawyers with their sights on the top legal seat of a big company lands it, there are steps they can take and skill sets they can gain that will set them up for success.

Each year, we interview successful senior in-house counsel about their lives and careers, and we ask them what advice they would give a young lawyer who would like to become a GC someday. Last year, our GCs offered such great insights as develop emotional intelligence, do the work you love, and simply listen. Here’s a roundup of the suggestions our 2017 GC profile participants had for aspiring senior in-house counsel:  More 

Is the Exciting World of Legal Operations Right for You?

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We’d like to thank Brad Blickstein, principal at the Blickstein Group, for serving as this issue’s Your Career guest columnist.

Are you looking for a new challenge? Are you process- and budget-oriented? Do you love finding new ways to get things done? Then maybe YOU are a candidate for the exciting and fast-growing field of Legal Operations! In 2008, when legendary law department operations professional David Cambria and I launched the first-ever Law Department Operations Survey, we weren’t exactly whistling into the wind. Just almost. We did have 33 responses and eight companies had enough vision to sponsor the survey—including Consilio (then Huron Legal), which has been our great partner ever since. But not too many really understood what we were talking about. While a few departments had seen the light and hired professional managers (note the 33 respondents), practicing lawyers still ran the law departments.

The professional role has evolved considerably. All the major legal magazines now cover legal operations on a regular basis. The Association of Corporate Counsel has a Legal Operations organization and the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium put on a conference with more than 900 attendees this year. And 124 companies responded to our survey in 2016. There are now thousands of legal operations professionals nationwide. It is not only a viable career path, but also perhaps the best career path for many. More 

Career advice

Preparing to become a General Counsel, corporate politics, asking for a raise, networking… we have covered a range of topics in our monthly career advice column for Inside Counsel.

Please scroll through for topics that might be relevant for you.  But also:  we welcome suggestions!  What is keeping you up at night?  What information would be most helpful?  Please write to me at mike@everslegal.com with ideas and requests.  Thank you.

 

Congrats Greg Lacey

I am very pleased to relay a nice outcome that originated with our Adjunct Counsel service offering.  Greg Lacey was on assignment through our firm with client Adtalem (the leader in for-profit education services).  Greg is a former Partner with Dykema Gossett; he is a  stellar employment attorney and litigator.  Towards the end of Greg’s assignment, he interviewed for a direct hire position with Adtalem and was recently hired.  Congratulations Greg!

While we are always careful to never promise direct hire employment as a possible outcome when an attorney works on-site as one of our Adjunct Counsel… “conversions” to direct hire are indeed win-win outcomes for all involved when they occur.  That’s why we endeavor to provide permanent placement caliber attorneys for all of our Adjunct Counsel assignments.

Thank you, Greg.  Thank you, Adtalem.  Mike Evers