Testimonials about B. Simone Lyles


    We had a unique legal assistant need for our growing legal department.  Simone at CLS carefully assessed our needs and found us a candidate that was no less than a perfect fit.  Going far beyond standard recruiting efforts, Simone showed her expertise in carefully assessed our needs and matching that with the candidates she presented.  CLS will be a resource going forward.


    David Mahoney, PHR, Human Resource Consultant

    Coverdell & Company INC.

  • Simone is easily the best recruiter I've had the pleasure to work with. After seeing me on extremely short notice, Simone continued to help me get in contact my current employer despite being out of the office on vacation at the time. On top of that, she made sure I got a congratulatory gift card from her on my first day of work. Thanks to Simone's professionalism and dedication, I quickly found a great job. I can't recommend her highly enough.

    Bayard Miller, Case Assistant

    Goldman Ismail Tomaselli Brennan & Baum LLP

  • “Simone has been very strategic and timely with providing legal personnnel to our company. I also appreciate her positive personality and it is a pleasure to partner with her through CLS Staffing for our legal staffing needs.”

    Karen Evertsen, Sr. Corporate Staffing Consultant

    Abraxis Bioscience

  • “I recently started working with CLS Legal Staffing as we had a need to hire a paralegal and our current methods of recruiting were not meeting our needs. Simone at CLS assisted us with the search and we ended up hiring one of the candidates they presented to us. Since then, we are now using them for two additional searches. CLS was efficient in their search and presented quality candidates.”

    Carrie Novak, PHR, Assistant Director of Human Resources

    Hyatt Hotels Corporation

  • Simone was quick with a recommendation and was extremely helpful in my employment search from beginning to "hired"! She is professional and pleasant to work with, a recruiter who responds and takes action is rare. Simone is amongst this group.

    Janet Sussman, Legal Secretary

    Woodruff Johnson & Evans Law Offices

  • “All you need to do is look at the number of candidate testimonials from Latham & Watkins paralegals to see how many top quality candidates Simone Green of CLS Legal Staffing has found for the firm. Our paralegal program has been growing tremendously in the past few years and I can count on CLS Legal Staffing to research the job requirements and present the top candidates that match the position—whether it be in the litigation or transactional areas. Simone’s expertise has helped us reduce the time we waste on screening candidates who don’t match the job requirements and helped us find and focus on recruiting the top candidates available in the Chicago market.”

    Barbara Pipchok, Senior Paralegal & Paralegal Coordinator

    Latham & Watkins

  • “CLS’s efforts in determining client needs and goals are superior. This skill, combined with timely follow up and extensive candidate search capabilities, makes them an extremely effective resource for the legal employer.”

    Kenneth J. Nemec, Jr., Hiring Partner

    Goldstine, Skrodzki, Russian, Nemec and Hoff, Ltd.

  • Simone is definitely one to know! She is very professional and business-oriented and does everything with a smile! Her demeanor is very calm and engaging and she does her best to fit you in the right position.

    LaTanya Williamson, Legal Secretary

    Quarles & Brady LLP

  • Simone goes above and beyond in her role. She ensures her recruits are placed with a company where their expertise is utilized, but where there is still room for growth. Simone was very available when I had questions, attentive when I had concerns, and proactively responsive when I was anxious. I highly recommend Simone as a legal recruiter and would work with her again, if needed. Simone is a pleasure to have worked with and I wish her much success in the future!

    Alicia Figueroa, Paralegal/Contract Administration

    AIT Worldwide Logistics, Inc.


    I have sought professional guidance and have worked with Simone since she first contacted me in 2010. While the timing was off for the many opportunities she called me about over the years, I reached out to her in July of 2014 and in August, I received the offer that I had been looking for. Over the years, I have recommended her to friends who were looking for a new opportunity because her professionalism and dedication far surpass any other recruiter that I have worked with.

    I cannot stress enough how highly I respect her.


    Maggie Callahan Nighswander, Practice Area Assistant

    Thompson Coburn LLP

  • Simone has always been a great and straighforward legal staffing advocate that I turn to for paralegal positions. She is trustworthy, handles confidential information very well, and has a good handle on assessing candidate skills and qualifications that match great job opportunities.

    Marcus Bell, Litigation Paralegal

    Schopf & Weiss LLP

  • Simone assisted me in getting hired in my current position. 

    Simone is a results-oriented professional who is a pleasure to work with. Simone always made herself available, answered my numerous questions and responded timely. 

    I would absolutely solicit her services again if necessary.


    Regina Wooten, Corporate Paralegal

    Baker & McKenzie

  • "I am writing this Letter of Recommendations for Simone Green. I have known Simone for 8 years. During this period she has demonstrated that she is a very honest and reliable person. Simone has been instrumental in my employment placement and instrumental in choices on my career path. She is a confidant and more importantly she is a friend. I believe that she would be a valuable asset to anyone who may want to explore opportunities as a legal professional. I would highly recommend Simone and her company for professional opportunities." 


    Michael Hall, Paralegal

    Wheeler Financial, Inc.

  • "I tried on my own to secure a position in the legal secretarial field after not working for nine months. After submitting my resume and not succeeding at getting any responses, I decided to reach out to Simone Green. When we first met, I instantly knew I had come to the right place. Simone listens to your needs, gives excellent feedback and is very patient. You just have to be patient with the process. 

    My experience with Simone at CLS Legal Staffing far exceeded my expectations of dealing with an agency to seek employment. She made me feel as if I were her only client. Thanks to Simone's steadfast efforts (she even contacted me while on vacation) within two months, I was able to secure my dream job with a prestigious law firm! 

    If you are looking for someone who genuinely takes the time to match your needs with the client, then look no further than Simone Green at CLS Legal Staffing. You will not be disappointed." 


    Tonetta Oliver, Real Estate Legal Secretary

    Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC

  • “I met Simone Green several years ago. After spending only a few moments with Simone, I knew right away that when I did decide to seek employment opportunities, I would be contacting her for assistance. While I had not yet taken advantage of Simone's undeniable skills as a legal recruiter, I had so much confidence in her ability and expertise that I have referred many of my colleagues to use her services. I can honestly say that everyone I have referred to her has been thoroughly satisfied with her level of professionalism and the manner in which she has represented each of them, taking special care to understand the needs of the candidate while also meeting the requirements of her clients. I found that Simone works extremely hard to make sure she finds the right fit for the candidate. Having spent several years in my former position, leaving was a difficult decision. But when the time came, I entrusted Simone to find the right job for me. And she did!!! Simone was understanding and compassionate and helped me through the transition. Without question, I highly recommend Simone Green of CLS.”

    Kim M. Grice,

    Schwartz Cooper Chartered

  • “After months of trying to land a position on my own, a friend referred me to Simone Green. I was apprehensive about working with an agency. However, after meeting Simone and discussing what I did and did not want in a new position, I wished that I had contacted her sooner. Simone was genuinely interested in helping me find not just a job, but the right job for me. I highly recommend Simone Green of CLS Legal Staffing.”

    Felicia Hilliard, Paralegal

    National Stock Exchange

  • “My experience with CLS Legal Staffing was wonderful! The staff was kind, helpful, and responsive. In particular, Simone Green helped me find the perfect fit with a great company. She kept in mind my requirements and preferences, made sure I had all the necessary information about potential employers for interviews and helped me with the negotiation process! I highly recommend CLS Legal Staffing for your staffing needs or if you are looking for a great position with a firm or corporation! Overall, they are professional, considerate and very effective!”

    Nadia B. Garrett, Corporate Paralegal

    Abraxis BioScience, Inc.

  • “I love to thank Simone Green of CLS Legal Staffing for helping me land the best job opportunity of a lifetime. I was recommended to her by a friend and she lived up to that recommendation. I wanted to work for a firm with excellent attorneys, a support staff that worked well together, along with excellent pay. Simone found that ideal firm. I am very satisfied and elated to work where I am. Simone is very professional and understands the desires of the potential employees and employers. I will always recommend her to anyone looking for employment in the legal field. I could not have done it without you Simone! Thank you!”

    Judy Welch,

    Daspin & Aument, LLP

  • “CLS Legal Staffing is remarkable. Although I was in a very challenging situation, trying to move from a project assistant position to a paralegal position, Simone Green worked her magic. Simone genuinely cared about placing me in the perfect position.”

    Lirita Brow, Litigation Paralegal

    Latham & Watkins

  • “Simone was very patient and courteous with me during my search for new employment. I’m sure I gave her the ‘run around’ trying to find my ‘niche’, yet she was able to find me an opportunity that was the perfect fit. If I ever have employment needs in the future, I will definitely call Simone Green first.”

    Kimberly Cain, Administrative Assistant to Keith H. Berk, Esq.

    Horwood Marcus & Berk Chartered

  • “I had a two-fold challenge when I first spoke with Simone Green: 1) I was moving back to Chicago, and 2) we were in a recession. Simone listened to my concerns and gave me straight answers. She understood the type of firm I was looking to join and the career I wanted to build. Using her connections, Simone matched me with a firm and a job that exceeded my expectations.”

    Stuart Rathje, Paralegal

    Funkhouser, Vegosen, Liebman & Dunn

  • “I am very impressed with the speed in which Simone Green was able to place me in my current position. I had just started my job search and heard about Simone from a former co-worker. After speaking with Simone regarding my career objectives and job requirements, she was able to place me with the perfect firm. I had a new job within one month of starting my search.”

    Kristin Brozovic, Paralegal

    Latham & Watkins

  • “Graduating in May 2001, my outlook on finding employment in the legal field was bleak due to the economy. Fortunately I was referred to CLS and guided by Simone Green. From our initial introduction, Simone was welcoming and forthright. Her sincere candidness was refreshing. As searching for a means of employment, one often encounters evasive tactics. Simone was readily available to answer any questions which I had. She was able to critically evaluate my personal and professional goals and point me in the right direction. My current position is due in part to Simone Green’s honesty, experience, and vast knowledge of the Chicago legal market.”

    Sachin Warty,

    Lord, Bissell & Brook

  • “Chicago Legal Search cares about its candidates. My representative (Simone Green) always made sure that my needs were met above all, unlike other staffing agencies. They showed a true interest in making sure that the process is comfortable and beneficial for all parties involved.”

    Luis Torres, Paralegal

    Foley & Lardner

  • I had been working in the legal industry for about 5 years in an entry level position and was looking to advance my career to the next level when Simone contacted me.  She had a client with a managerial position that not only matched my experience but it was exactly what I was searching for.  Throughout the entire interview and offering process Simone was communicative, gave feedback and honest with me regarding her clients' needs.  What makes Simone different from most recruiters is that she genuinely wants to make a good match for the law firm and the candidate which is refreshing.  

    Jennifer Mielnicki, Conference Center Manager

    Sidley Austin LLP

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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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CLS Legal Staffing. 180 N. LaSalle St., Suite 3525, Chicago, IL 60601 312.251.2588.