All posts by Mike Evers

Congratulations David Kingman

Updated 9/15:  Another win-win success story.  Thank you, David Kingman.  Orbitz converted David from on-site adjunct counsel via our firm to direct hire Corporate Counsel in late August.

Updated 5/18:  Congratulations Dave Kingman (Northwestern JD, most recently in-house with Walgreens)!  Your pedigree and experience with a wide range of commercial agreements, including work with various technology platforms, is a perfect fit.

We have been exclusively engaged by Orbitz to provide a commercial contracts attorney via our Adjunct Counsel service (i.e. — you will be on our payroll), for an immediate full-time need serving the growing Private Label Group.  4+ years of commercial contracts experience; compensation is a competitive hourly rate via Evers Legal.  Position is at Orbitz HQ in downtown Chicago.  Duration of assignment:  Ongoing.  It is public information that Expedia is acquiring Orbitz pending Justice Department approval.  The position you would be filling may become direct hire permanent, but there is uncertainty longer term with respect to whether the position will remain as-is in Chicago.  If interested and for further details, please email your resume to mike@everslegal.com.

55% of Law Departments added Headcount in 2014

If survey summary info and pie charts are to be believed… according to Corporate Counsel’s 2014 law department benchmarking survey, 55% of law departments increased headcount last year.  That looks and feels about right to us, and it’s an extraordinarily high percentage compared with previous years.  Static headcount is the norm; increases and decreases are usually the outliers.  See:  http://www.corpcounsel.com/home/id=1202676090048/2014-Law-Department-Metrics-Benchmarking-Survey?mcode=1202615405140&curindex=0

 

The price of poker has gone up

CultureFit-pokerWhenever you read about hiring trends in the trade press, the article usually focuses on growth industries and so called “hot” practice areas (i.e. compliance, intellectual property, data privacy, etc). But I am seeing a more interesting hiring trend that is not practice- or industry-specific.

In a nutshell, companies appear more focused than ever on building “best in class” law departments. Many departments are there already and it’s a matter of maintaining quality standards. I use Baxter Healthcare as an example here. Baxter has kindly partnered with us to make a couple of key hires related to the pending spinout of its BioSciences division into a new public company. If you are interested in one of these positions—VP, Information Policy and Management and Securities Counsel—or have a candidate referral to recommend, please contact me. You would be joining a team that is already A-tier in terms of pedigree, work ethic, mission orientation and community service. More 

VP leadership role, Info Policy & Mgmt (Baxter spin-out company)

Vice-President, Information Policy and Management  

Note:  Evers Legal has been Retained by Baxter to source, screen and submit candidates for this position.  For questions, referrals, or to express interest, please email mike@everslegal.com or call 312-225-1144.  Inquiries made directly to the client will be routed back to our firm.   

THE COMPANY:   Baxter has announced plans to create two independent, publicly traded companies formed around the company’s Medical Products and BioScience businesses.  More 

Baxter/Baxalta: securities counsel (update: filled)

Congratulations Lenin Lopez!  Lenin’s pedigree (Berkeley JD) and bulls-eye experience in the same role with Care Fusion is an ideal fit.

Baxter Healthcare has exclusively engaged Evers Legal to recruit a securities attorney (5 to 8 yrs experience ideal) for a newly created Corporate Counsel position.  The BioSciences unit of Baxter is preparing to spin-out as a separate publicly traded company: Baxalta.  This new hire will handle 10-K, 10-Q, 8-K, annual proxy statements and related responsibilities for Baxalta, reporting to the Corporate Secretary.  Baxalta will be based in Bannockburn, but the new hire will onboard with Deerfield based Baxter in advance of the spin-out.

We are pursuing top of market securities focused associates at major law firms who are seeking to make their first move in-house.  This is an ideal, extremely well compensated opportunity for candidates who meet that core description.  Of course, we also welcome (understatement) in-house securities attorneys who may be in the market for a lateral opportunity.  For further information, please email:  mike@everslegal.com.  Thank you.

Baxter/Baxalta, Sr. Counsel (M&A), update: filled

Congratulations Grant Riedesel!  Grant rose to the top of a very competitive field of outstanding M&A candidates.  Grant cut his teeth at Kirkland & Ellis and Ropes & Gray.  This is his first in-house position.

Evers Legal has been exclusively engaged by Baxter to help fill a newly created Senior Counsel position serving the BioScience side of the company — which will be spun-out later this year as a separate publicly traded company named Baxalta, to be headquartered in Bannockburn, IL.

We are seeking highly qualified attorneys with major law firm M&A experience.  In-house experience a plus, but not required.  The role includes supporting the core BioScience business as well as Baxter Ventures, which invests in early-stage healthcare firms.  Ideal candidates will be 6+ years out of law school.    Compensation is strong and includes significant equity. More 

Baxter, Senior Counsel (M&A), Boston

Evers Legal has been exclusively engaged by Baxter to help fill a newly created Senior Counsel position, to be located in the company’s new Cambridge, MA research facility serving the BioScience side of the company — which will be spun out in late 2015 as Baxalta.

We prefer candidates who are local to the Boston area… seeking highly qualified attorneys with major law firm M&A experience.  The role includes supporting the core BioScience business as well as Baxter Ventures, which invests in early-stage healthcare firms.  Ideal candidates will be 6+ years out of law school.  In-house experience desirable but not required.  This opportunity is ideal for a senior law firm associate or junior partner who wants to make the right move into an in-house career.  Compensation is strong and includes significant equity.

Daily activities will include licensing, business development support, outside counsel management on deal work, and strategic counseling to the R&D team.  Position will report to a senior level attorney at Baxter HQ in Deerfield, IL (north suburban Chicago), and travel to Baxter HQ will be required.

This is a uniquely exciting opportunity… you will be well positioned as a key player as the BioScience division of Baxter becomes a separate publicly traded company (Baxalta) next year.  Call Mike Evers at 312-225-1144 with any questions or email your resume to mike@everslegal.com

Commercial Contracts (Chicago area)

Our law department clients in Chicagoland are once again showing an appetite for experienced commercial generalists with in-house experience who are open to working via our secondment service offering.  In a nutshell, we pay better than ordinary “contract attorney” staffing firms in order to get the best available attorneys in this category.  We are particularly interested in candidates who want to work in distant suburbs, such as Naperville to the west and Lake Forest to the north.  Please send a resume and call us for a conversation about our non-traditional placement opportunities.  A significant percentage of our secondments have turned into direct hire placements, although we can never guarantee that outcome.