Evers to speak at ACC Kentucky Chapter, Sept 26

If you are a member of the ACC chapter in Kentucky, I look forward to meeting you on Sept. 26 at Churchill Downs.  I will be on the 11:30 panel titled, “Me 2.0:  The Importance of a Digital Profile for Career Development.”

Since this is your “Day at the Races” event, I also hope to show off the handicapping skills I learned from my uncle growing up near The Meadowlands in New Jersey.  Who says we cannot mix business with pleasure?

Thank you to E.M. Lysonge, Vice President of Legal Affairs with Churchill Downs Incorporated, for the speaking invitation.  I look forward to it.  Mike

M&A role: The WhiteWave Foods Company (Denver)

Evers Legal has been exclusively retained to assist Denver based WhiteWave Foods (NYSE:  WWAV) fill a newly created Vice President & Senior Counsel position.  This opportunity is directly related to WhiteWave’s growth.  The company currently includes a robust portfolio of premium food and beverage brands, including organic leaders Horizon Organic, Silk, and Earthbound Farm.  We seek an M&A attorney to support continued growth.  This position will report to an exceptional Deputy General Counsel, and the winner will spend much of his or her time working directly with the EVP of Corporate Strategy.

7+ years of experience required.  In-house experience a plus but not required.  Email mike@everslegal.com with your questions and to express your interest.  All inquiries will be treated as strictly confidential.

ITT Deputy GC Hufford places high value on mentoring

wendyphotoWendy Hufford likes the idea of giving back what she’s received—and many young lawyers can thank her for that.

As the Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Assistant Corporate Secretary of global manufacturing company ITT Corp., Hufford owns a lot of responsibility. Throughout her legal career, she has cultivated a wide set of skills that primed her for her current post. But she also credits her focus on litigation and regulatory issues earlier in her career with setting her up to be the lawyer she is today—and she shares that wealth of knowledge with other young lawyers in her department and beyond.

She herself had good role models. Hufford grew up in a small family-oriented suburb of New York City with very supportive parents, who encouraged their daughter to work hard to achieve her goals. More 

Reality check: Almost all employers Google candidates

YourCareer imageUntil recently, it was our practice at Evers Legal to stick with traditional background and reference checks. We did not Google our candidates before presenting them to clients. We felt, honestly, that we’d rather not know how they spend their limited amount of personal time. It’s none of our business.

Then, as you may suspect of the direction this story is leading, we ended up with a bit of egg on our faces. Without getting into the details, suffice it to say, one of our clients discovered some online information about a candidate we had presented for consideration—and it wasn’t pretty. More 

Congratulations Robyn Martin

Congratulations to Robyn Martin, who recently joined Potbelly. A 2000 law school graduate from Michigan, Robyn’s experience profile includes successful tenures with Winston & Strawn and DeVry. We thank Robyn for her long-term Evers Legal secondment with our client Tenneco, where she handled a wide variety of commercial contract and transactional matters.

Every company needs its own Jeff Carr

JWCarr-HBJAs I read about a United States Senator calling for the firing of Michael Milliken, GM’s general counsel, I am not thinking about Milliken. I don’t know Milliken and I’m not qualified to judge his performance. Instead, my friend Jeff Carr came immediately to mind. Jeff retires on Aug. 1 from FMC Technologies after 21 years with the company. And what I am thinking is that GM needed its own Jeff Carr.

To in-house counsel who read the trade press and to us legal consulting types who follow innovation within “law world,” Jeff was a “thought leader” long before that term became fashionable. And most of us expect Jeff to re-emerge in a unique way within law world after taking some personal time. More 

4 Best practices for giving feedback

feedback 2What are the goals of your feedback system and are you meeting them? According to Douglas Stone, co-author with Sheila Heen of “Thanks for the Feedback,” this is the first question companies should be asking themselves when it’s time to sit down for those annual reviews.

Feedback consists of two equally important elements—giving and receiving. Last month, I discussed some of the best practices with receiving feedback. This column will address giving it.

Stone contends that the success of delivering effective feedback, favorable or otherwise, has more to do with the receiver than the giver.  As the example cited in last month’s column illustrated: The same feedback given simultaneously to two different people may result in widely divergent conclusions. More 

Your Unaverage Joe: Cummins Deputy GC discusses his successful legal career

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Joe Perkins, Deputy GC and Legal Quality Champion, Cummins

Growing up in Richmond, Ind., to hard-working parents, Joe Perkins may initially come off as your average … well … Joe.

But Perkins’ life took shape in a way most Midwesterners—or anyone, for that matter—would only dream of. With parents who always encouraged him to do well in anything he worked on, Perkins excelled in high school. So much so, in fact, his academic achievements caught the attention of one of his teachers who encouraged Perkins to apply to Ivy League colleges.

After high school, Perkins found himself packing his bags and heading to New Jersey to begin his freshman year at Princeton University. “The day I got accepted was really exciting for my family,” Perkins says. “My parents, although hard-working folks, never went to a four-year college, and here I had the chance to do that—and at such a well-respected school.” Particularly fond of issues around public policy, Perkins studied politics at Princeton, and took some classes at its acclaimed Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs. More