All posts by Mike Evers

Associate GC / Asst Corp Secretary: Knowles Corp

Knowles Corporation (NYSE: KN) has engaged Evers Legal on an exclusive basis to handle all sourcing for the following position:

Associate General Counsel & Assistant Corporate Secretary, reporting to the General Counsel and with board level visibility. Ideal candidate will be 10 to 15 years out of law school with experience that includes a focus on SEC public reporting and disclosure. Candidates must have current or past experience working in a corporate law department for a publicly traded company. The winner will be someone who has advised executives and boards on corporate governance best practices.

While this is primarily a securities position, the role includes a healthy dose of interesting M&A work (approx. 20%), some commercial transactions, and some compliance. It can be an ideal position for someone who seeks the kind of resume building role that will lead eventually to a GC opportunity. Or, it can be a long-term and potentially top of career move for an in-house securities attorney who will relish the role.

Compensation on this is very strong, with at-market base and bonus plus an attractive equity component. Local candidates preferred.

Knowles is headquartered in Itasca, IL. Our client is a market leader and global supplier of advanced micro-acoustic solutions and specialty components serving the mobile communications, consumer electronics, medical technology, military, aerospace and industrial markets. Knowles has more than 8,000 employees in 25 locations worldwide. Visit www.knowles.com for more information on the company.

Please note that this is an exclusive engagement. Any resumes or inquiries made directly to the general counsel or HR professionals at Knowles will be routed to Evers Legal for vetting. To apply, please send your resume in confidence to mike@everslegal.com. For additional inquiries, our number is 312-225-1144.

Please note that due to some near term travel, I may not return your message until June 18. However, I will be monitoring responses and look forward to following up with all qualified candidates. Thank you for your patience. Mike Evers

David vs. Goliath

Wish me luck. I spent much of last weekend in RFP hell, but it paid off. I have been invited to pitch Evers Legal in-person for a general counsel search engagement with a financial institution on the East Coast. If we win, you will read the client name when we publicize the opening and start working on it.

Objectively, we might be considered a risky selection. Although we have placed more than 300 attorneys into in-house roles since 1997, the vast majority of those searches have been at other levels of the law department pyramid (from junior corporate counsel up to deputy general counsel).

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Assistant GC (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.

Ace Hardware / Corporate Counsel

Ace Hardware (The Helpful Place!) has retained Evers Legal to recruit a Corporate Counsel for a direct hire generalist role with promising career path potential. Supporting daily operations, you will learn the business, interface with internal clients routinely, and work in a collaborate team environment.

Specific “to dos” of the job entail the full range of commercial contracts negotiating and drafting, such as supplier/vendor agreements, real estate, NDAs, marketing, media… and much more.

The winning candidate will have 5 – 8 years of legal experience. Although we tend to favor candidates with some in-house experience, this opportunity is also open to straight-from-law-firm candidates. The critical criteria frankly is culture fit… we want the ego-free attorney who plays well with others, including their colleagues in the law department. Commercial/transactional experience highly preferred. Candidates with primarily litigation oriented backgrounds are unlikely to move forward.

Position location is Ace Hardware headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois. Relocation not anticipated. Local candidates preferred. Non-local candidates willing to move at his/her own cost may be considered.

To submit a resume and for more details, please contact Meredith Haydon at mhaydon@everslegal.com and 847-475-4222.

General Counsel / Nutritional High

Evers Legal has been exclusively Retained to recruit the first General Counsel for Nutritional High, a publicly traded (Canadian stock exchange) start-up in the emerging cannabis industry. This is an opportunity for an entrepreneurial attorney who can solve problems, take initiative, and add real value.

The position is based in Emeryville, CA, just north of Oakland and about 10 miles from San Francisco. You will essentially take charge of all legal aspects of U.S. operations. We seek a corporate background — commercial transactions, M&A, etc. We do not need securities expertise, as that is handled via outside counsel in Toronto. Cannabis industry experience a plus but truly not required. Experience working in a regulated environment obviously helpful. A current Senior Counsel or Assistant General Counsel seeking his or her first GC role = likely ideal. But we will consider straight-from-law-firm candidates who can demonstrate the right culture fit. Litigators are respectfully discouraged from applying. We want a candidate who can bring commercial transactions best practices to the table.

Target experience level is 6 to 10 years. Local candidates preferred, but we will accept resumes from all and then assess as the candidate base develops. Please send resume to mike@everslegal.com. Thank you.

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.

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.