All posts by Mike Evers

Contract attorney / Grassroots Cannabis

We are seeking a commercial contracts attorney for our client, Grassroots Cannabis (located in the emerging Fulton Market District of Chicago). This is an Adjunct Counsel role on Evers Legal payroll. We are concurrently running a General Counsel search for Grassroots, and the new GC will take charge of making a Corporate Counsel hire. The person in this stop-gap role may be considered for direct hire at that point, but no guarantees.

For the role at hand, our ideal candidate has experience with supply/vendor agreements, real estate contracts, NDA’s, and other commercial agreements. The culture is fast-paced and entrepreneurial. As with all roles for this client, we will strongly favor candidates who are enthusiastic about legal cannabis as an emerging industry.

For consideration, please send your resume to Meredith Haydon at mhaydon@everslegal.com. For questions, call Meredith at 847-475-4222.

General Counsel / Grassroots Cannabis

Grassroots Cannabis has exclusively retained Evers Legal to recruit the company’s first General Counsel. The client is based in downtown Chicago and is one of the largest multi-state cannabis companies in the United States.

We will favor candidates who are culturally aligned and passionate about the growth of legal cannabis. We do not expect industry related experience, however. We are seeking a public company in-house attorney who has been in, or is ready for, the GC chair. A corporate transactional orientation is preferred. Securities experience a plus but not required. Leadership, ownership of the role, and adaptability in a fast growth environment will win. Experience within a regulated industry a plus, of course.

The role is broad ranging and requires a self-starter who can help create the position, operate within a very collaborative structure and thrive in a fast-paced environment. You will lead on important corporate transactions, implement best practices for supporting daily operations from a legal standpoint, and manage local counsel and experts throughout the country with respect to regulatory matters and helping access new markets.

If interested, please send your resume in confidence to mike@everslegal.com. For questions, 312-225-1144. Please note that any inquiries made directly to the client will be routed to Evers Legal Search.

Assistant General Counsel – Intellectual Property

Ubiquiti Networks (UBNT) has retained Evers Legal to recruit a strategically minded intellectual property attorney. Ubiquiti Networks develops new products continually, and therefore a proactive IP lawyer will find this position exceptionally rewarding. This is a company with worldwide operations and a $10B market cap. It’s an engineer friendly culture. Core products include best in class networking devices. A thorough list of products and enterprise solutions is available at www.ui.com.

The company’s legal department is based in Chicago, and this position will office in downtown Chicago reporting directly to the General Counsel. Ubiquiti Networks’ operations are decentralized, so some travel may be required.

Our ideal candidate is a senior associate or junior partner with experience serving the telecommunications or related industries. Candidates with in-house experience will also be considered. You will be the lead IP attorney for Ubiquiti Networks with potential management responsibilities as growth of the function dictates.

Please send your resume to mike@everslegal.com or call 312-225-1144. Note: Evers Legal is handling this placement exclusively, so any inquiries made directly to the client would be routed to us.

Compliance / Ubiquiti Networks

Ubiquiti Networks (UBNT) has retained Evers Legal to recruit an attorney with in-house Compliance expertise for a broad ranging role. Ubiquiti Networks is a growing provider of networking products and services with decentralized operations worldwide. It is a design and engineering focused culture with a small employee headcount (about 800), but an impressive market cap of $10B. For more on the product line, visit www.ui.com.

This is a newly created position within the company’s Chicago based law department. You will be tasked with proactively auditing the company’s operational compliance needs, drafting policies where needed, and advising the General Counsel. The role is not specific to any one regulatory area, but rather requires a holistic perspective on preventing problems before they occur. As examples, though, operational compliance needs have included export compliance and compliance with EU privacy regulations.

The winner is someone for whom no task is too small (roll up sleeves!), while thinking strategically, issue spotting, and communicating best practices to company leadership.

Our ideal candidate is an attorney who has compliance experience in-house. If interested, please send your resume to mike@everslegal.com or call 312-225-1144. Note: Evers Legal has been exclusively retained to handle this opening, so inquiries made directly to Ubiquiti Networks would be routed to us.

Needle in a haystack: we welcome the challenging search

Dan Clark, a reporter from American Lawyer Media, works the in-house counsel beat for Corporate Counsel and he reaches out to me and other specialists in this space from time to time.

Dan recently posed an interesting question, essentially: “Do certain industries present particularly difficult recruiting challenges?” The conventional wisdom likely holds that recruiting for growing information technology companies is easy, as compared perhaps to smoke stack industries or socially unpopular sectors such as tobacco.

In my experience, however, in-house lawyers are fairly agnostic on industry and tend to focus on the nature of the opportunity. See Cate Flahardy’s general counsel profile of Verona Dorch for an excellent example. I rarely find industry to be a stumbling block when working on a search. In fact, here in the Midwest where I am based, a solid engine manufacturer such as Cummins, or a healthy medical products company like Baxter, have made for much more successful placements when compared to some sexy names like Groupon. I am defining success by the job satisfaction and longevity of lawyers we have placed.

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Congrats Brandon Baseman

Congratulations to Brandon Baseman, newly placed with SP+ (the leading provider of parking facilities and related services in the United States).

Brandon was most recently the National Negotiator for the National Treasury Employees Union in Washington, DC. This move to SP+ is a return home to the Chicago area for Brandon, who is licensed to practice law in Illinois and received his JD in 2012 from DePaul.

At SP+, Brandon’s role will expand to include a complete range of union and non-union related employment law responsibilities.

Evers Legal thanks SP+ for retaining our firm to handle this placement.

Congrats Julia Pilliod

Congratulations to Julia Pilliod, appointed to the position of Assistant General Counsel with Ubiquiti Networks (UBNT). Ubiquiti Networks is a publicly traded fast growing international company, offering a broad range of internet access and networking products including video security, routers, innovative wi-fi solutions and more.

Julia will focus primarily on managing litigation. She brings best practices experience to bear on that task, after serving as head of litigation for The Warranty Group from 2005 through to that company’s acquisition by Assurant last year. Her experience also includes a heavy dose of compliance and risk management.

Evers Legal is grateful to Ubiquiti Networks for retaining our firm to handle the search for this newly created position.

Adjunct Counsel

Adjunct Counsel is our preferred term of art for contract attorney work. Why? Because we do not handle lower paying document review work, nor do we have a managed services offering. Instead, our assignments in this area are generally off-shoots from our primary service offering: Recruiting exclusively for law departments.

When our corporate clients seek alternative staffing solutions, we are ready. We continually screen experienced candidates who are open to working through our firm in the field (as W2 employees, not independent contractors). Most of our assignments are full-time and on-site with our corporate clients in the greater Chicago area.

The nature of the work ranges, but our most common request is for commercial generalists with in-house experience. At times, we need subject matter experts… employment law, intellectual property, and securities were particularly in demand last year.

We are putting out a general call to attorneys who might be interested in Adjunct Counsel work, but who have not contacted us yet. We seek to continually build our talent pool. Please email info@everslegal.com with your resume or call 312-225-1144 with any questions. Thank you.

Facebook GC: a great hot seat

Speculating on who will succeed Colin Stretch as the next general counsel at Facebook is our idea of fun water cooler talk.  Corporate Counsel quoted several law department focused legal recruiters for a public version of just that.

I am so enamored with this topic that I chose to elaborate on my opinion here: The Dream GC job.

We title my eNews column “Culture Fit” with intention.  To me, what makes in-house recruiting so much more enjoyable versus law firm recruiting is that each company has truly unique qualities:  different products, services, and cultures.  And while I love all of it, I find myself particularly interested in companies that are run by their founders.  I even pay attention to that dynamic when making personal stock choices.  With obvious exceptions (yes, I lost money on Groupon to be sure), my investments in founder operated companies have far outperformed other investments.  But I digress.

The takeaway here is that Culture Fit is not the same as Culture Change.  Sometimes the latter is needed.  But 100% of the time, CEOs want a general counsel (i.e. Consigliere!) who will align with his or her vision for the company.  And when the CEO is also the company’s founder, then you can add bold typeface over 100%.  

Evers Legal is not handling the Facebook search.  It’s my ultimate “I wish,” as one downside of staying small and independent is that we lack the kind of contacts and high profile placement history that would allow us to get in the door and compete for it.  So, I will watch this one from the sidelines.  But it does motivate me to up our game so to speak.  I am going after more GC-level work in 2019.  Let’s see how David does versus Goliath.  Stay tuned.

Wishing you all a very Happy Holiday season, Mike

2019 starts on heels of record placement year

Thank you for making 2018 the best year in the history of our firm. We were pleased to serve a variety of outstanding companies from multiple industries this year, including:

  • Global chemical distribution leader – Univar
  • For-profit education pioneer – Adtalem
  • America’s favorite helpful place – Ace Hardware
  • Food distribution giant – US Foods
  • The #1 parking company in the United States – SP+
  • Faster than fast growing Internet platform innovator – Ubiquiti Networks

Our engagements featured traditional direct hire placements with base salaries ranging from $185,000 to more than $300,000. Our most common engagement term was a $10,000 retainer, applied toward a contingency success-only fee equal to 25% of base salary. We find the modest retainer creates a meaningful partnership and commitment, while maintaining a healthy outcome-based model for achieving win-win results. More