Adtalem, Senior Corporate Counsel (Higher Education)

This is an industry specific search.  We seek an attorney with Higher Education experience.  Either for-profit or non-profit experience.  You will support several Title IV Institutions in a broad ranging role that includes:  Serve as Board Counsel to Board of Trustees; handle industry specific commercial agreements; advise on accreditor and licensing issues, sponsored research, and other matters related to higher education and for-profit education issues; develop and modify policies and best practices for compliance with industry regulations and the disciplinary process.

Competitive compensation includes a generous Annual equity grant.  5+ years of legal experience, minimum 3 years of Higher Education industry experience.  Ideally, you will have experience with consumer protection laws, accreditor and licensing compliance, and commercial agreements.

Adtalem recently moved its headquarters into beautiful new space in downtown Chicago, and this is a new position with a growing department.  Local candidates preferred, but responses from out-of-town candidates are welcome too.  Telecommuting is not an option for the first six months.  Partial work-from-home options may be available thereafter.  Occasional travel for board meetings.

EVERS LEGAL SEARCH has been exclusively retained to source candidates for this opening with Adtalem.  Inquiries made directly to Adtalem will be routed to our search firm.

Email resume to info@everslegal.com or call 312-225-1144.  Thank you.

From a high school mock trial to the GC seat of Dyson: Jason Brown

JLBrown 2015By the time Minneapolis-area native Jason Brown was in high school, he already knew he wanted to be a lawyer. During a civics class his sophomore year, Brown participated in a mock trial, in which he served as lead defense counsel. From preparing for trial and creating presentations to participating in deep strategic thinking and gaining skills that could serve to help those in need, Brown fell in love with the work and the idea he could actually make a living doing it.

Around that same time, Brown’s mother introduced him to an old childhood friend of hers who was a professor at Howard University in Washington, D.C. After the professor gave the 16-year-old a personal tour of the Howard campus, Brown fell in love again—this time with one of the country’s prestigious colleges.

Brown’s destiny was set. After high school, he attended Howard University—where he excelled as a student—and immediately upon graduation, went straight to Howard University School of Law. “Being an African American kid from the Twin Cities, it was a huge and strikingly sharp contrast to go from there to an historically black college that is so rich in history as Howard,” Brown says. “I jumped at the chance to do something that would be different and challenging.” More 

Aim High: Career Advice from 4 Successful GCs

Evers-Legal-Executive-Recruiter-Dec17-Your-CareerThe role of general counsel is a coveted position for which many lawyers strive.. But the path to the GC seat varies greatly. While some highly successful general counsel cut their teeth in big law firms, others landed junior level in-house positions straight out of law school—and there are many other paths as well.

While there is no clear, defined career path to follow that will ensure lawyers with their sights on the top legal seat of a big company lands it, there are steps they can take and skill sets they can gain that will set them up for success.

Each year, we interview successful senior in-house counsel about their lives and careers, and we ask them what advice they would give a young lawyer who would like to become a GC someday. Last year, our GCs offered such great insights as develop emotional intelligence, do the work you love, and simply listen. Here’s a roundup of the suggestions our 2017 GC profile participants had for aspiring senior in-house counsel:  More 

Hitting on All Cylinders (2017 style)

Evers-Legal-In-house-Legal-Recuiter-Dec17-QAI hope you are feeling as good about your employer as I am this holiday season.

2017 has been one of the most enjoyable years of my career, and I am extraordinarily thankful to our clients, candidates and friends of our firm for this result. We handled interesting and challenging searches for great companies such as Adtalem, Baxter, Re:Sources USA and Principal Financial Group. We were proud to place the first in-house attorney with a Crain’s Fast Fifty company, Maven Wave. And we have several Adjunct Counsel on secondments with Fortune 500 law departments.

We improved our Adjunct Counsel offering so that our contract attorneys can opt into health care and other benefits. And I tweaked our traditional permanent search pricing structure to reflect how companies want to go about their Senior Counsel to Assistant General Counsel level searches. Moreover, the year is closing with the likelihood of an exciting Deputy General Counsel (with succession planning in mind) search in Q1 of 2018 that we will handle confidentially. More 

Principal Financial Group positions (Des Moines, IA)

Our wonderful long-term client Principal Financial Group has a history of happy in-house attorneys who love their jobs and stay for a long time.  Relocation is fully covered.  We realize that Des Moines, Iowa is appealing to some, and a non-starter for others.  Great cost of living, larger city amenities with the feel of smaller city convenience.  If Des Moines is for you, then please consider the following openings in PFG’s law department and call Mike Evers at 312-225-1144 for details, or email your resume to mike@everslegal.com.

Litigation Counsel

This lawyer will work on a variety of litigated matters including Group Life and DI, class actions, and general litigation as well as subpoenas and regulatory investigations.  

ERISA Counsel

This lawyer will support RIS FSA with qualified plan issues and potentially RIS Annuities with retail annuities.  Pension plan work will include issues relating to pension plan operations and qualification, investment issues, product design, fiduciary/transactional operations, prohibited transaction rules and the ERISA/IRC provisions impacting the same.  The pension plan work will include regulatory compliance and advocacy work.  Retail annuities work would include work with both fixed and variable annuities and would require knowledge of both insurance and securities laws applicable to annuities. 

 Asset Management Counsel

This lawyer will provide legal services to a number of internal clients on a variety of matters in support of a global asset management business.  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. 

Inquiries and resume submissions to:  mike@everslegal.com, 312-225-1144

6 – 10 months (begin Jan), in Loop, M&A/Contracts

Our Fortune 500 law department client is seeking a full-time on-site secondee to assist on a divestiture.  M&A experience desired, but a strong in-house commercial contracts background will be considered as well.  Position is located in downtown Chicago.  Strong hourly rate via our firm.  Client name provided upon inquiry, we simply do not wish to make that public at this time.  Please email mike@everslegal.com to express interest.

Senior Counsel, Volvo Financial Services (NC)

Our client, Volvo Financial Services (VFS), is the finance arm of the Volvo Group… one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks, buses and construction equipment, drive systems for marine and industrial applications, and is the world’s leading producer of heavy-diesel engines.

We are looking for an attorney with commercial finance or capital markets experience for a Senior Counsel position reporting to the General Counsel of VFS.  The position is located in Greensboro, North Carolina (relo assistance is available).  Ideally 5+ years out of law school, coming straight from a law firm corporate finance practice, a boutique, or a financial institution.

You will work with sales, operations and credit functions in developing and implementing necessary legal policies and documentation for commercial truck, tractor, trailer, construction equipment, bus and other specialized transportation and commercial equipment financing products in the Unites States.  UCC Article 2A and Article 9 commercial contracts.  Support compliance initiatives, such as FCPA, anti-money laundering, and data privacy.  Occasional outside counsel management over litigation/bankruptcy matters and support on restructuring of troubled transactions.

If interested, please email your resume to mike@everslegal.com or call 312-225-1144 with questions.  Thank you.

 

Adtalem – Employment Counsel

Employment Counsel

             Our client, Adtalem Global Education (NYSE: ATGE), is a leading education provider and parent company to institutions of higher learning internationally.  Adtalem is moving its headquarters to downtown Chicago on December 1, and this position will be located at the new HQ. 

             The Employment Counsel:

Partners with HR leadership by providing practical legal support and day-to-day employment counseling on a wide variety of matters including wage and hour practices, accommodation requests and the interactive process, benefits support, discipline, discrimination and harassment investigations, and recruiting and hiring practices, etc.  

Participates in the development of legally compliant policies and practices in all areas of labor and employment in addition to developing and conducting training on such policies and practices.  

Represents ATGE and its institutions in response to threatened employment-related claims, demand letters, and before government agencies in employment discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wage matters, including the EEOC, its state counterparts, the DOL and NLRB.  

Provides support and guidance on restructures and reductions-in-force, including OWBPA disclosure requirements.  

Negotiates and prepares agreements including faculty agreements, consulting agreements, separation and severance agreements and definite term employment contracts.

Partners with HR senior leadership in creating and implementing polices and maintains working knowledge of organization policies and federal, state and local legislation and updates policies when necessary.  

Supports institutions subject to OFFCP requirements by providing guidance on development of affirmative action plans and goals and compliance audits.

Manages outside counsel in handling employment litigation, as needed.

Completes other duties as assigned.     

        Our ideal candidate will be a subject matter expert focused on the employment law needs of major corporations, either in an outside counsel capacity or as in-house counsel.  Prefer 6+ years out of law school.  Local candidates preferred.  Competitive compensation includes an attractive equity component.  Please send your resume to mike@everslegal.com or call us at 312-225-1144 with questions.  Evers Legal is working on this opportunity exclusively; inquiries made directly to Adtalem will be routed to our search firm.

Fast and furious: visionary and race car driver Jeff Carr continues driving change in the delivery of legal services

JWC OC picAs a young man growing up in Delaware, Jeff Carr was always hard at work. Whether he was fixing banged-up cars in his family’s body shop, refinishing beautiful pieces of furniture in his uncle’s artisan furniture store or preventing drownings as a lifeguard at the local pool, Carr was slowly and carefully developing skills that would become critical to his success as a legal department leader in the years to come.

Carr has a reputation among his GC peers as being a visionary in changing the way legal departments and law firms deliver legal services. “Innovators are only considered to be visionaries after they’re proven successful,” Carr says. “Before that, we were just thought of as crazy.”

In the early days, Carr’s out-of-the-box ideas may have seemed crazy, but before he retired after a long tenure in the GC seat of Fortune 500 company FMC Technologies, Carr worked for years with law associations and other forward thinkers to shape the way legal departments partnered with law firms and bought legal services—not only helping put the terms “alternative fee arrangement” and “fixed fee” on the legal services map, but also creating efficiencies within the legal department world that previously didn’t exist. More 

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