All posts by Mike Evers

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.

Musical chairs: Congrats to our GC friends

Evers-Legal-Executive-Search-Culture-Fit-March-2017Congratulations are in order on new general counsel roles for six of the 20 lawyers we have profiled in previous issues of eNews. Cornell Boggs (previously with Dow Corning) is now leading the law department at Toys R Us, Chris Carsen (previously with Mattersight) has landed the top spot at Corel Corp., Joe Perkins (previously with Cummins) is running the show at NIBCO, and E.M. Lysonge (previously with Churchill Downs) is now sitting in the big chair at CafePress Inc.

On the promotion front, Curt Kramer steps up to become the General Counsel of Navistar International on April 1 when Steve Covey retires. And Bill Caruso has been promoted to Acting General Counsel for DeVry.

For Curt, Joe and E.M, this is their first general counsel position. I am so very happy to see their hard work pay off. For Bill, hopefully the interim title will turn permanent as it did for Doug Beck, who took a similar path via promotion at Hub Group. All in all, the individuals profiled in our Counsel Q&A’s are doing just fine! More 

Congratulations Curt Kramer

Curt Kramer has been named Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Navistar International (NYSE: NAV), effective April 1 upon the retirement of Steve Covey.  Steve spent 36 years with Navistar, including the last 13 as General Counsel.  I thank Steve for making Navistar one of our first Fortune 500 clients almost 20 years ago.  We had the privilege of handling the search that resulted in Curt’s placement at Navistar in 2002.

Curt started at Navistar with the title Senior Attorney, and he has successfully climbed every step up the law department ladder.  It was an ascent that, by my count, included at least four title changes (most recently Associate GC and Corporate Secretary).

In our upcoming March 18 issue of “Evers eNews,” my Culture Fit column title is “Musical Chairs” and I talk about the frequency with which GC’s tend to move around these days.  Steve Covey and Curt Kramer are proof that doing great work, building relationships, treating your team members well, navigating corporate changes, and always showing loyalty… remains a formula that works too.  Congratulations Curt!  I am very happy for you, and I appreciate your support over the years.  Curt participated on a panel I put together for the In-house Innovates conference a few months ago.  I am not supposed to play favorites, but you are indeed at the top of my list… I am grateful that our paths crossed early in our respective careers.

A quick thank you as well to Bob Perna.  Bob was the General Attorney (really an Assistant GC title for Navistar) who hired Curt in 2002.  Although Steve kindly gave our firm the thumbs up to engage with Navistar, I worked most closely with Bob on that search, and he was very generous in his support of our efforts.  Bob has been a General Counsel for several years now and currently sits in the big chair for Rockwell Collins.

Baxter M&A / Securities position

Evers Legal has been retained by Deerfield, IL based Baxter International to recruit great candidates for a newly created position that includes both sophisticated M&A work and corporate governance responsibilities.  The winner will bring securities and corporate transactional experience to the table.  We are targeting law firm attorneys at the junior partner and senior associate levels, and in-house attorneys at the Corporate Counsel to Senior Counsel levels.  Very competitive compensation includes a significant annual equity grant.  Please call Mike Evers at 312-225-1144 for more information or send your resume to mike@everslegal.com.