Meet Jennifer Evans
Executive Legal Recruiter/Partner, Access Talent Solutions
1. How did you start working the legal industry?
Statics show that 80% of new career opportunities come through a referral; my introduction to the legal industry was no exception. I began my recruiting career at an executive search firm, and a colleague left to work for a legal search firm. Several years later, I was looking for a new opportunity and I reached out to her. The timing was perfect; she was in the process of relocating to Texas, and she referred me to fill her vacancy.
2. What advice would you offer to someone new to the industry?
Invest in your career and become a “Constant Learner”. Employer expectations are continuing to escalate; it is important to be well educated in your field of work & aware of the changes that are forthcoming in the industry. In my 20+ years in legal recruitment, I have seen an evolution of the legal marketing role; I believe that we are only at the cusp of what firms will be excepting in the future (e.g. increased BD expectations, expanded focus on client services, pricing/project management input, the external “Rep” role). A key differentiator that I look for when assessing legal talent is those individuals who are investing their time in the industry, regardless of their level of experience, and those who are not.
3. Why did you join LMA and is it the same reason you are still a member?
I was referred to LMA through the former So-Cal LMA President, Barbara Mencer, in 2012 when I was launching my new search firm. After attending meetings for the past two years, I became a member in 2015. I appreciate the level of professionals I have met through the LMA & the depth of the programs that LMA provides. Through my experience, I have been able to develop a deeper understanding of the challenges my clients & candidates face, as well as enhanced my skills in marketing and business development.What would people be most surprised to learn about you? I used to attend Grateful Dead shows - Do I need to say more?
4. What is your favorite thing to do when you are not at work?
Well, it is no longer going to a Grateful Dead show, although, you might find me listening to a CD. I now enjoy spending time with my teenage boys (when they will have me), time at the beach & reading a good book. If you don’t find me doing one of those things, you might find me watching an episode of Walking Dead. (Must be a Dead thing?)