All posts by Mike Evers

Socializing with service providers: take you out to the ballgame?

Culture-Fit-artSo, this is not really an invitation. But it could be. I’m not sure. Would you like one? I seek your input on the pros and cons of socializing with outside service providers.

Earlier this month, I wrote a column for Inside Counsel addressing corporate social activity among current and potential employees, especially at the executive level. I probably came down a little too hard on a perfectly nice golf outing, but I wanted to address the ongoing challenge of accessing diverse pools of talent, and going beyond existing comfort zones to do so.

My thoughts on social functions with service providers are less clear. This is because I am not objective on the topic. I enjoy socializing with our clients, and I want to engage in any activity that helps build relationships. More 

Cybersecurity is the new insecurity

CultureFit image May15The general counsel role continues to expand, and in-house lawyers are integral players in business development activity. But the most important piece of any GC’s job description remains as simple as this: Protect the Company.

Accordingly, I often ask our clients: “What keeps you up at night?” After the hack into Sony’s internal computer network, the eye-opening “60 Minutes” piece that followed, and a general recognition that all companies are vulnerable to cyberattack, the answer is fairly unanimous.

No wonder the word “cybersecurity” was used in 20 percent of the agenda items at last week’s InsideCounsel SuperConference, and cybersecurity was the keynote topic. I looked through my old conference programs from previous years, and I couldn’t find the word cybersecurity anywhere. So, is the concern overblown, reminiscent of “Y2K” fears back in 1999? More 

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

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:


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 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:  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