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


4 Tips for becoming a successful networker

YourCareer-networkNetworking. Many believe it’s essential to building a successful career in any profession. And in law, that sentiment is especially true.

But despite networking’s inarguable value, lawyers often find it to be a challenge—even a downright chore. While effective networking takes time, effort and research, the potential rewards—discovering a mentor, stumbling upon a highly sought after position or simply learning something new and relevant—are invaluable. The reality is, like it or not, getting out there and networking is critical to your success. More 

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 

E.M. Lysonge enjoys success as VP, Legal Affairs of Churchill Downs Inc.

E.M. Lysonge (Photo 2014)Growing up in Indianapolis, E.M. Lysonge (or “E” as many people refer to him) had his career sights set several hundred miles to the east—with dreams of serving as a stock broker on Wall Street. Lysonge knew it would take hard work coupled with academic excellence to make it to the Big Apple, not to mention a degree from a highly respected university. So, for high school, he set out on a plan that would offer him the best chance at landing a spot in a top university.

Attending Indianapolis’ respected magnet schools—Arsenal Technical High School and Shortridge Junior High School—E focused on academics, majoring in Arabic studies. And along the way, his interests shifted from the world of finance to the world of law.

“I have a passion for writing and expressing myself through words, and the life of a stock broker just doesn’t cater to that,” Lysonge explains. “I realized I was more attracted to the work of law.” 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 

How to ask for—and get—the raise you want

YourCareer-Jan15-smallIt’s safe to say, the economy is experiencing a real boost. According to Department of Labor statistics, in each month of last year, employers added an average of 246,000 jobs—making 2014 the strongest year for employment since 1999.

As we head into 2015, we do it with the momentum of a growing economy and jobs market at our backs.  It’s the right time to look at your paycheck and ask yourself, “Should I ask for a raise?”

Of course everyone wants a raise and feels deserving of it, but the question really begs a political assessment of your specific question. Don’t jump to requesting a raise if you have reason to believe your position may be insecure, or if your company happens to be struggling.  More