Biographies

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    B. Simone Lyles

    Legal Staffing Director

    Simone is the Founder and Director of CLS Legal Staffing, and a graduate of the University of Iowa with a bachelor's degree in Sociology. She is a sustaining member of the Illinois Paralegal Association, National Association of Legal Assistants and National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc., and a member of the Northwestern College and Wright College Paralegal Advisory Boards. Simone has served as an invited speaker at several major university paralegal programs on legal recruiting and diversity matters. She has conducted mock interviews at the Institute of Paralegal Studies at Loyola University Chicago and was a Career Counselor for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin's resume critique program. Prior to joining Chicago Legal Search in 1997, Simone interned for President Bill Clinton during his tenure as governor of Arkansas and interned for U.S. Senator David Pryor. Simone is also a vocalist and has opened for the late Koko Taylor, George Clinton & the P-Funk All Stars, Joe Lovano, Maceo Park, Raheem DeVaughn and Roy Haynes. She is a member of SAG-AFTRA and has lent her voice to several award winning television commercials for Wal-Mart and has done projects for Charmin, Toyota, WVON, the Illinois Lottery and the popular dance video game  Dance, Dance Revolution

    Phone: 312-251-2560

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    Layla Contreras

    Legal Staffing Consultant

    Layla is a legal staffing consultant at CLS Legal Staffing. She graduated in 2016 from the University of Texas at El Paso with a B.A. in Multidisciplinary Studies. During her undergraduate studies, Layla worked as a billing coordinator for one of the largest dental offices in her hometown of El Paso up until completing her bachelors and relocating to Chicago. Most recently, she was a temporary marketer and practice manager for other dental offices in the Chicago area before finding the opportunity to work for CLS Legal Staffing. Layla is constantly looking for adventure in her new city and enjoys traveling, modern dance and exploring the restaurant scene.

    Phone: 312-251-2581

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    Nicholas Holzkopf

    Legal Staffing Consultant

    Nick graduated in 2016 from Michigan State University with a B.A. in Psychology. He then attended Roosevelt University in Chicago to obtain his paralegal certification while interning for the Chicago Transit Authority’s legal division. In 2017, Nick began working as a litigation paralegal with a Chicago law firm before he joined CLS Legal Staffing. He is very excited to assist top professionals and legal support staff in finding new and better career opportunities. 

    Phone: 312-251-2561
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    Tara Teague

    Manager of Client Development

    Tara is the Manager of Client Development for Chicago Legal Search, Ltd., CLS Legal Staffing, and CLS Executive Search. She graduated from Arizona State University in 2009, with a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism and Mass Communications. After graduation, she worked in Account Management at East Valley Consulting and The Phoenix New Times, creating advertising campaigns, including print, web and event marketing. Most recently, she worked for Howatt HR Consulting as a copywriter, researching and writing print and web content for recruitment companies, website copy and marketing campaigns. In her spare time, Tara enjoys yoga, reading and exploring the Chicago food scene.

    Phone: 312-251-2563

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Assisting Law Firms & Corporations in Their Search for Exceptional Legal Staff

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  • Working with Rodney was, in a word, marvelous.His professionalism, his straight-forward and direct responses, and his genuine interest in my career all made working with him an incredibly positive experience.They say that changing jobs is one of the most stressful things you can do in life (along with getting a divorce and moving), but Rodney made the entire process completely painless. He may want to consider a career in dentistry next.

    Matt Jones, Proposal Manager

    Jackson Lewis, LLP - San Francisco


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