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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.

How to ask CEO Santa for New Headcount

CultureFit-image1024x768Happy holidays! What would you like to see in your law department’s stocking this year? Have you asked CEO Santa for an increased budget in 2017? If so, my guess is that Santa wanted a whole lot of information to back-up the request.

Last month, I moderated a panel at In-house Innovates (formerly known as “Superconference”) titled “Allocating Law Department Resources.” One of my takeaways from our session, and the conference generally, is that in-house counsel are getting with the program when it comes to using data and performance metrics. Numbers speak much louder than words when making the case for additional resources.

But even if the metrics make sense, for example in projected savings versus outside counsel use, Santa may still get grumpy if you ask for additional headcount. That is a present wrapped in commitment, and batteries are definitely not included. And so metrics are just a starting point. More 

Volvo Financial Services (Greensboro, NC), relo paid

Update:  Closed

Our client Volvo Financial Services in Greensboro, North Carolina, seeks an attorney with 4+ years of experience for an equipment leasing and finance role.  Relocation package available.  Qualified candidates will have expertise in UCC Article 2A and Article 9 transactions.  Exposure to bankruptcy matters and litigation management helpful.  You will work with sales, operations, and credit functions in developing and implementing legal policies and documentation for commercial truck, tractor, trailer, construction equipment, bus and other specialized transportation and commercial equipment financing products in the United States.  Title: Senior Legal Counsel.

We welcome law firm associates with relevant experience seeking to make their first move in-house.  Of course, if you are in-house with a bank or captive finance company and seek the opportunity to live in beautiful Greensboro and work for a terrific legal team, we want your resume too.  Please email to mike@everslegal.com

Full-time ongoing contracts position / Chicago

Update:  Filled (However, we always welcome candidates who fit the description below, as our Adjunct Counsel service employs contracts attorneys routinely.)

Law department of major company with office location near O’Hare.  We are paying $45 to $50 per hour for a junior level contracts role.  Full-time, ongoing.  Some exposure to bankruptcy helpful but not required.  Our client is financially healthy, but some of the contracts are impacted by corporate customer bankruptcies.  Please email resume to info@everslegal.com.  Thank you.

 

Lead Counsel / pharma / Chicago

Update:  Filled.

We are conducting a search for a pharmaceutical client located in the northern suburbs of Chicago.  6+ years of experience, generalist role (i.e. supports commercial operations), but does require industry regulatory knowledge (FDA, Prescription Drug Marketing Act, Anti-kickback statutes, etc.).  Pharma industry experience required, will gladly consider candidates straight out of law firms as well as in-house counsel.  Please email resume to mike@everslegal.com or call 312-225-1144.