All posts by Mike Evers

Legal Department Operations, Delegate it to an Expert

Evers-Legal-Executive-Recruiting-Culture-Fit-09-2017By working exclusively with corporate legal departments and eschewing law firm recruiting, Evers Legal stays in tune with the evolution of in-house culture.  Although we are best known for traditional direct hire search and placement of experienced in-house counsel, we have broadened our service offerings over the years to meet the niche needs of law departments.

About 10 years ago we began providing  “adjunct counsel.”  I wanted to create an option for on-site secondments that would be based on quality rather than volume. Our vision was to fill your contract attorney needs with talent that exceeded the expectations often associated with that term. Sometimes our adjunct counsel are even converted to direct hire positions, as happened just last month for Greg Lacey. A former Dykema partner and all around great guy, Greg was on an assignment for us with Adtalem, a for-profit education company, before landing permanently there. Congrats Greg!

And now, for the first time in several years, we are extending our service offering once again. We are now your go-to search firm when you need a legal department operations (LDO) professional. This position is a natural fit within our niche law department expertise and network. Moreover, individuals with the right experience to fill these roles are not yet available in large numbers. Put bluntly, a do-it-yourself approach to recruiting a top shelf LDO will be frustrating. Let us help! More 

Career advice

Preparing to become a General Counsel, corporate politics, asking for a raise, networking… we have covered a range of topics in our monthly career advice column for Inside Counsel.

Please scroll through for topics that might be relevant for you.  But also:  we welcome suggestions!  What is keeping you up at night?  What information would be most helpful?  Please write to me at mike@everslegal.com with ideas and requests.  Thank you.

 

Congrats Greg Lacey

I am very pleased to relay a nice outcome that originated with our Adjunct Counsel service offering.  Greg Lacey was on assignment through our firm with client Adtalem (the leader in for-profit education services).  Greg is a former Partner with Dykema Gossett; he is a  stellar employment attorney and litigator.  Towards the end of Greg’s assignment, he interviewed for a direct hire position with Adtalem and was recently hired.  Congratulations Greg!

While we are always careful to never promise direct hire employment as a possible outcome when an attorney works on-site as one of our Adjunct Counsel… “conversions” to direct hire are indeed win-win outcomes for all involved when they occur.  That’s why we endeavor to provide permanent placement caliber attorneys for all of our Adjunct Counsel assignments.

Thank you, Greg.  Thank you, Adtalem.  Mike Evers

Principal Financial Group / Asset Management Counsel

Principal Financial Group is a leading financial services company based in Des Moines, IA.  Terrific in-house legal department.  Relocation package available.  If you are an attorney with asset management experience who is willing to consider the excellent lifestyle and low cost of living in Des Moines, please contact mike@everslegal.com for more information.

Here is an overview description of the position:

Asset Management attorney

Provides legal services to a number of internal clients on a variety of matters in support of a global asset management business.  A minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience at a law firm and/or company is preferred.  Candidates should have strong corporate and transactional experience. Experience with laws and regulations applicable to investment management including US and international regulations regarding investment advisers and investment funds is a plus.

 

Our pricing model: Chameleon

Evers-Legal-Legal-Recruiter-CultureFit-June2017Congratulations to one of my favorite General Counsel, Jeffrey Carr. Jeff pioneered incentive-based law firm engagements, and much more, during his tenure with FMC Technologies. Jeff advocated for changes in how legal services are delivered via his writing, and through prominent roles with InsideCounsel’s Superconference and The General Counsel Forum. Jeff returned to the arena on May 11 as the new General Counsel of Univar (NYSE: UNVR), a global chemical distributor.

Jeff’s return to the in-house community brings back fond memories of 2011, when our firm placed three attorneys with FMC Technologies. Jeff and I worked out search fee terms with three components: a modest retainer, a set fixed fee for making a placement and a discretionary bonus based on client satisfaction with our overall service. The agreement aligned our interests, and none of it was based on the compensation of the attorneys we placed. The work was so rewarding, it inspired this column for InsideCounsel on the merits of a new pricing structure for recruiting. More 

Baxter: Senior Counsel, Pharma experience

Our Client, Baxter International (Deerfield, IL), has retained Evers Legal to source top of market talent to fill a high profile position supporting the Pharmaceuticals Global Business Unit.  Outstanding compensation includes a significant annual equity grant.

We need an industry attorney with 7+ years of experience, including substantial knowledge of the drug development life cycle and FDA regulations.  This is an operational role; you will counsel clients and have significant negotiating responsibility on a variety of complex commercial transactions.

The law department at Baxter maintains an ongoing reputation as one of the best departments in the industry, paying at top of market, and employing attorneys with excellent pedigree.  If you are a partner or senior associate with a pharma practice at a major law firm seeking “the right” in-house opportunity, this is it.  If you are already in-house and have the right qualifications, Baxter will take care of relocation if you are non-local and want to pursue the opportunity.

Please email mike@everslegal.com with questions and a resume.

Employment Counsel (May – Sept)

Update:  Congratulations Greg Lacey!  Greg is a former Partner with Dykema Gossett and we are pleased to have Greg on this assignment for our client, DeVry Education Group.  If your company can benefit from a fabulous, well rounded employment law attorney, Greg will be available in September.

Our client is a name brand company in the western suburbs of Chicago.  We are seeking an employment law attorney to cover (primarily on-site, but some flexibility there) during a family leave absence.  Ideally mid-May into September.  Please email mike@everslegal.com for client name and additional information.  Thank you.

First in-house counsel; client confidential

Update:  Filled

We are conducting a retained search for a downtown Chicago based company that wishes to keep this search confidential at this time.  We will share our client’s name with you offline after further discussion.  This is a growing entity seeking its first in-house counsel.  Senior Counsel title for a role primarily focused on commercial contracts with an IT focus.  Seeking candidates 5+ years out of law school, with a strong preference for in-house experience.  Compensation at about $200K (salary plus cash bonus), plus equity participation.  Email mike@everslegal.com or call 312-225-1144 for inquiries on this opportunity.

General Counsel for Border States Electric

Update:  Position on hold until late 2017.  Interested candidates are still encouraged to contact us with interest.

Evers Legal has been exclusively retained by Border States Electric (www.borderstates.com) to recruit its first General Counsel.  You will manage two junior attorneys, report to the CEO, and have full strategic responsibility for running the legal function.

Border States (founded in 1952) is a growing leading provider of supplies, materials management solutions, and delivery and logistics expertise to tens of thousands of customers across diverse industries.  Border States is 100 percent employee-owned (over 2,200 employees) with locations throughout the country.

This position will require (fully covered) relocation to our client’s HQ in Fargo, North Dakota.  This is an opportunity to make a great career move and enjoy the combination of outstanding compensation with a low cost of living geography.

We seek candidates who are 10+ years out of law school, with at least some major law firm teeth cutting experience, preferably with expertise in M&A and corporate law generally.  We are open to individuals coming from established law departments (this could be a nice step up move for an AGC or DGC with a larger company, for example), or directly from a firm.

For a complete job description and more information, please email mike@everslegal.com.  Evers Legal is handling this search exclusively,  so please do not make attempts to send resumes directly to the client, as they will be routed to us.  If you are a search firm reading this and have a candidate in mind, please contact Mike Evers for discussion.  We are open to referral fees and always act in our client’s best interest.  Do not send a candidate resume with a fee split expectation, however, in advance of talking with Mike.