Assistant GC (Compliance) / Ubiquiti Networks

Ubiquiti Networks (UBNT) has retained Evers Legal to recruit an attorney with in-house Compliance expertise for a broad ranging role. Ubiquiti Networks is a growing provider of networking products and services with decentralized operations worldwide. It is a design and engineering focused culture with a small employee headcount (about 800), but an impressive market cap of $10B. For more on the product line, visit www.ui.com.

This is a newly created position within the company’s Chicago based law department. You will be tasked with proactively auditing the company’s operational compliance needs, drafting policies where needed, and advising the General Counsel. The role is not specific to any one regulatory area, but rather requires a holistic perspective on preventing problems before they occur. As examples, though, operational compliance needs have included export compliance and compliance with EU privacy regulations.

The winner is someone for whom no task is too small (roll up sleeves!), while thinking strategically, issue spotting, and communicating best practices to company leadership.

Our ideal candidate is an attorney who has compliance experience in-house. If interested, please send your resume to mike@everslegal.com or call 312-225-1144. Note: Evers Legal has been exclusively retained to handle this opening, so inquiries made directly to Ubiquiti Networks would be routed to us.

Chaka Patterson, Deputy General Counsel, Adtalem

Chaka Patterson spent much of his childhood surrounded by academics. He grew up in Evanston, Ill., with Northwestern University in his backyard. After his mom completed her PhD in History at the university, she was offered a position as a history professor. So the family set down roots for good in the near-north Chicago suburb.

As a history professor, Chaka’s mother educated her children about the most important aspects of American history—most notably, the Civil Rights Movement. While acquiring knowledge about this era of American history, Chaka grew a deep appreciation for the Civil Rights leaders he now refers to as his heroes: Thurgood Marshall, Charles Houston and William Hastie—all of whom were lawyers.

When considering his path to a legal career, Chaka looked again to his heroes. He noticed that many followed a similar path: Amherst College for undergrad, Harvard for law school. “I wanted to follow in their footsteps, so that’s exactly what I did,” he says. 

Chaka graduated from Harvard Law in 1994 and set himself on a path that would ultimately lead him to the DGC seat at Adtalem, a leading workforce solutions provider.

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Assistant General Counsel – Intellectual Property

Ubiquiti Networks (UBNT) has retained Evers Legal to recruit a strategically minded intellectual property attorney. Ubiquiti Networks develops new products continually, and therefore a proactive IP lawyer will find this position exceptionally rewarding. This is a company with worldwide operations and a $10B market cap. It’s an engineer friendly culture. Core products include best in class networking devices. A thorough list of products and enterprise solutions is available at www.ui.com.

The company’s legal department is based in Chicago, and this position will office in downtown Chicago reporting directly to the General Counsel. Ubiquiti Networks’ operations are decentralized, so some travel may be required.

Our ideal candidate is a senior associate or junior partner with experience serving the telecommunications or related industries. Candidates with in-house experience will also be considered. You will be the lead IP attorney for Ubiquiti Networks with potential management responsibilities as growth of the function dictates.

Please send your resume to mike@everslegal.com or call 312-225-1144. Note: Evers Legal is handling this placement exclusively, so any inquiries made directly to the client would be routed to us.

A. Verona Dorch, General Counsel of Peabody Energy

Moving from the U.K. to the United States would be a tough transition for any middle schooler. But Robert and Estelle Watt—West Indian immigrants living in London with their daughter Verona—sought better opportunities than what London could provide at the time for their pre-teen daughter. They saw that opportunity in New York—so the family packed their bags and headed across the Atlantic.

Setting down new roots in Brooklyn, Verona made an effort quickly to fit in. “My neighborhood Crown Heights wasn’t as gentrified then as it is now, so I relied on American TV to help me pick up the accent, so I didn’t stand out,” she says. “Growing up in London and New York—the adversities I faced in those environments—really shaped who I am today, and I loved having that opportunity.”

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Career Advice Roundup

Mike pens a monthly career advice column in Corporate Counsel magazine.

Check out his most recent columns in Corporate Counsel (law.com) discussing the importance of saying “yes” to clients, landing the dream job as GC of Facebook, young law firm lawyers with sights on an in-house career and more.

If you have any topic ideas you would like to see addressed in a future column, please send ideas and suggestions to mike@everslegal.com.  

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Needle in a haystack: we welcome the challenging search

Dan Clark, a reporter from American Lawyer Media, works the in-house counsel beat for Corporate Counsel and he reaches out to me and other specialists in this space from time to time.

Dan recently posed an interesting question, essentially: “Do certain industries present particularly difficult recruiting challenges?” The conventional wisdom likely holds that recruiting for growing information technology companies is easy, as compared perhaps to smoke stack industries or socially unpopular sectors such as tobacco.

In my experience, however, in-house lawyers are fairly agnostic on industry and tend to focus on the nature of the opportunity. See Cate Flahardy’s general counsel profile of Verona Dorch for an excellent example. I rarely find industry to be a stumbling block when working on a search. In fact, here in the Midwest where I am based, a solid engine manufacturer such as Cummins, or a healthy medical products company like Baxter, have made for much more successful placements when compared to some sexy names like Groupon. I am defining success by the job satisfaction and longevity of lawyers we have placed.

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Congrats Brandon Baseman

Congratulations to Brandon Baseman, newly placed with SP+ (the leading provider of parking facilities and related services in the United States).

Brandon was most recently the National Negotiator for the National Treasury Employees Union in Washington, DC. This move to SP+ is a return home to the Chicago area for Brandon, who is licensed to practice law in Illinois and received his JD in 2012 from DePaul.

At SP+, Brandon’s role will expand to include a complete range of union and non-union related employment law responsibilities.

Evers Legal thanks SP+ for retaining our firm to handle this placement.

Congrats Julia Pilliod

Congratulations to Julia Pilliod, appointed to the position of Assistant General Counsel with Ubiquiti Networks (UBNT). Ubiquiti Networks is a publicly traded fast growing international company, offering a broad range of internet access and networking products including video security, routers, innovative wi-fi solutions and more.

Julia will focus primarily on managing litigation. She brings best practices experience to bear on that task, after serving as head of litigation for The Warranty Group from 2005 through to that company’s acquisition by Assurant last year. Her experience also includes a heavy dose of compliance and risk management.

Evers Legal is grateful to Ubiquiti Networks for retaining our firm to handle the search for this newly created position.

Adjunct Counsel

Adjunct Counsel is our preferred term of art for contract attorney work. Why? Because we do not handle lower paying document review work, nor do we have a managed services offering. Instead, our assignments in this area are generally off-shoots from our primary service offering: Recruiting exclusively for law departments.

When our corporate clients seek alternative staffing solutions, we are ready. We continually screen experienced candidates who are open to working through our firm in the field (as W2 employees, not independent contractors). Most of our assignments are full-time and on-site with our corporate clients in the greater Chicago area.

The nature of the work ranges, but our most common request is for commercial generalists with in-house experience. At times, we need subject matter experts… employment law, intellectual property, and securities were particularly in demand last year.

We are putting out a general call to attorneys who might be interested in Adjunct Counsel work, but who have not contacted us yet. We seek to continually build our talent pool. Please email info@everslegal.com with your resume or call 312-225-1144 with any questions. Thank you.

Facebook GC: a great hot seat

Speculating on who will succeed Colin Stretch as the next general counsel at Facebook is our idea of fun water cooler talk.  Corporate Counsel quoted several law department focused legal recruiters for a public version of just that.

I am so enamored with this topic that I chose to elaborate on my opinion here: The Dream GC job.

We title my eNews column “Culture Fit” with intention.  To me, what makes in-house recruiting so much more enjoyable versus law firm recruiting is that each company has truly unique qualities:  different products, services, and cultures.  And while I love all of it, I find myself particularly interested in companies that are run by their founders.  I even pay attention to that dynamic when making personal stock choices.  With obvious exceptions (yes, I lost money on Groupon to be sure), my investments in founder operated companies have far outperformed other investments.  But I digress.

The takeaway here is that Culture Fit is not the same as Culture Change.  Sometimes the latter is needed.  But 100% of the time, CEOs want a general counsel (i.e. Consigliere!) who will align with his or her vision for the company.  And when the CEO is also the company’s founder, then you can add bold typeface over 100%.  

Evers Legal is not handling the Facebook search.  It’s my ultimate “I wish,” as one downside of staying small and independent is that we lack the kind of contacts and high profile placement history that would allow us to get in the door and compete for it.  So, I will watch this one from the sidelines.  But it does motivate me to up our game so to speak.  I am going after more GC-level work in 2019.  Let’s see how David does versus Goliath.  Stay tuned.

Wishing you all a very Happy Holiday season, Mike