Preparing to become a General Counsel, corporate politics, asking for a raise, networking… we have covered a range of topics in our monthly career advice column for Inside Counsel.
Please scroll through for topics that might be relevant for you. But also: we welcome suggestions! What is keeping you up at night? What information would be most helpful? Please write to me at email@example.com with ideas and requests. Thank you.
I am very pleased to relay a nice outcome that originated with our Adjunct Counsel service offering. Greg Lacey was on assignment through our firm with client Adtalem (the leader in for-profit education services). Greg is a former Partner with Dykema Gossett; he is a stellar employment attorney and litigator. Towards the end of Greg’s assignment, he interviewed for a direct hire position with Adtalem and was recently hired. Congratulations Greg!
While we are always careful to never promise direct hire employment as a possible outcome when an attorney works on-site as one of our Adjunct Counsel… “conversions” to direct hire are indeed win-win outcomes for all involved when they occur. That’s why we endeavor to provide permanent placement caliber attorneys for all of our Adjunct Counsel assignments.
Thank you, Greg. Thank you, Adtalem. Mike Evers
In-house attorneys: We recommend a NAMWOLF event at the Metropolitan Club on July 12. Joel Stern is presenting. Details and to rsvp: CLE Diversity and Inclusion
Principal Financial Group is a leading financial services company based in Des Moines, IA. Terrific in-house legal department. Relocation package available. If you are an attorney with asset management experience who is willing to consider the excellent lifestyle and low cost of living in Des Moines, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Here is an overview description of the position:
Asset Management attorney
Provides legal services to a number of internal clients on a variety of matters in support of a global asset management business. A minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience at a law firm and/or company is preferred. 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.
Congratulations to one of my favorite General Counsel, Jeffrey Carr. Jeff pioneered incentive-based law firm engagements, and much more, during his tenure with FMC Technologies. Jeff advocated for changes in how legal services are delivered via his writing, and through prominent roles with InsideCounsel’s Superconference and The General Counsel Forum. Jeff returned to the arena on May 11 as the new General Counsel of Univar (NYSE: UNVR), a global chemical distributor.
Jeff’s return to the in-house community brings back fond memories of 2011, when our firm placed three attorneys with FMC Technologies. Jeff and I worked out search fee terms with three components: a modest retainer, a set fixed fee for making a placement and a discretionary bonus based on client satisfaction with our overall service. The agreement aligned our interests, and none of it was based on the compensation of the attorneys we placed. The work was so rewarding, it inspired this column for InsideCounsel on the merits of a new pricing structure for recruiting. More
Landing an in-house job interview can be a great feeling—especially if the position is with a law department you find especially exciting or is the ideal next step in your career path. But nailing an interview is more than just showing up, answering some questions and waiting for the phone to ring. Approaching the interview strategically can be the difference between accepting an offer or continuing your search.
Savvy job-seekers follow these guidelines when heading out for an interview:
1. Treat it like it’s a competition, because it is.
When it comes to landing a coveted in-house spot, there’s no prize for second place. It’s helpful to approach the entire interviewing process as a competitive game you’re playing against other skilled candidates. Take it seriously, and put your best foot forward. More
Ever since she was a child, Talita Erickson has had a passion for culture, diversity and the global experience. She grew up in Brazil, near the border of Argentina and Paraguay near Iguazu Falls, a national park that attracts tourists from around the world. This unique childhood piqued her curiosity—and woke the world traveler inside of her.
As she graduated high school, as is custom in Brazil, Erickson had to decide her life’s profession before entering college. She was only 17 years old and unsure what she wanted to do, but she knew she wanted to be able to direct—and, if necessary redirect—her career any way that might make sense to her. Following in her older brother’s footsteps, Erickson chose a career in law.
“A law degree is very flexible,” she says. “If you’re passionate about sports, you can be a sports attorney. Or in my case, if you love food, you can go to work in the food industry. A law degree gives you the flexibility to work in any industry you want.” More
Our Client, Baxter International (Deerfield, IL), has retained Evers Legal to source top of market talent to fill a high profile position supporting the Pharmaceuticals Global Business Unit. Outstanding compensation includes a significant annual equity grant.
We need an industry attorney with 7+ years of experience, including substantial knowledge of the drug development life cycle and FDA regulations. This is an operational role; you will counsel clients and have significant negotiating responsibility on a variety of complex commercial transactions.
The law department at Baxter maintains an ongoing reputation as one of the best departments in the industry, paying at top of market, and employing attorneys with excellent pedigree. If you are a partner or senior associate with a pharma practice at a major law firm seeking “the right” in-house opportunity, this is it. If you are already in-house and have the right qualifications, Baxter will take care of relocation if you are non-local and want to pursue the opportunity.
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Update: Congratulations Greg Lacey! Greg is a former Partner with Dykema Gossett and we are pleased to have Greg on this assignment for our client, DeVry Education Group. If your company can benefit from a fabulous, well rounded employment law attorney, Greg will be available in September.
Our client is a name brand company in the western suburbs of Chicago. We are seeking an employment law attorney to cover (primarily on-site, but some flexibility there) during a family leave absence. Ideally mid-May into September. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for client name and additional information. Thank you.
We are conducting a retained search for a downtown Chicago based company that wishes to keep this search confidential at this time. We will share our client’s name with you offline after further discussion. This is a growing entity seeking its first in-house counsel. Senior Counsel title for a role primarily focused on commercial contracts with an IT focus. Seeking candidates 5+ years out of law school, with a strong preference for in-house experience. Compensation at about $200K (salary plus cash bonus), plus equity participation. Email email@example.com or call 312-225-1144 for inquiries on this opportunity.