From Brazil to America: Talita Ramos Erickson, Barilla America’s GC

Talita Erickson cropped RGBEver 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 

Baxter: Senior Counsel, Pharma experience

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.

Please email with questions and a resume.

Employment Counsel (May – Sept)

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 for client name and additional information.  Thank you.

First in-house counsel; client confidential

Update:  Filled

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 or call 312-225-1144 for inquiries on this opportunity.

General Counsel for Border States Electric

Update:  Position on hold until late 2017.  Interested candidates are still encouraged to contact us with interest.

Evers Legal has been exclusively retained by Border States Electric ( to recruit its first General Counsel.  You will manage two junior attorneys, report to the CEO, and have full strategic responsibility for running the legal function.

Border States (founded in 1952) is a growing leading provider of supplies, materials management solutions, and delivery and logistics expertise to tens of thousands of customers across diverse industries.  Border States is 100 percent employee-owned (over 2,200 employees) with locations throughout the country.

This position will require (fully covered) relocation to our client’s HQ in Fargo, North Dakota.  This is an opportunity to make a great career move and enjoy the combination of outstanding compensation with a low cost of living geography.

We seek candidates who are 10+ years out of law school, with at least some major law firm teeth cutting experience, preferably with expertise in M&A and corporate law generally.  We are open to individuals coming from established law departments (this could be a nice step up move for an AGC or DGC with a larger company, for example), or directly from a firm.

For a complete job description and more information, please email  Evers Legal is handling this search exclusively,  so please do not make attempts to send resumes directly to the client, as they will be routed to us.  If you are a search firm reading this and have a candidate in mind, please contact Mike Evers for discussion.  We are open to referral fees and always act in our client’s best interest.  Do not send a candidate resume with a fee split expectation, however, in advance of talking with Mike.

From managing a factory line to being GC of Potbelly, Matt Revord discusses his unique career

Evers-Legal-Executive-Search-Matt-Revord-QA-March-2017Born in Evanston, Ill., raised in downstate Indiana and Illinois, then back up to the Chicago area—Matt Revord is a Midwesterner through and through. So it seems fitting that he would be the general counsel of one of the most respected and recognized brands to come out of Chicago. But it took hard work and a few twists and turns before Revord landed at the helm of the legal department of Potbelly Sandwich Works.

In fact, Revord didn’t grow up knowing that one day he would be a lawyer. In high school, a friend’s father—noting Revord’s cunning argumentative skills—mentioned on several occasions that he should consider a career in law. The idea was appealing to Revord, but after graduating from Notre Dame, he couldn’t quite commit. Revord decided to take a year to work, think about his next move and save some money. His job opportunities were diverse, to say the least: a large insurance company, the CIA or a General Motor’s (GM) factory. More 

Conference countdown: 9 opportunities to network, learn and continue your legal education

Evers-Legal-In-House-Legal-Career-Advice-March-2017Conferences are an important part of any lawyer’s career path.  As we’ve written before, they not only provide you with opportunities to continue your legal education and get ideas from other (sometimes more seasoned) attorneys in the profession, but they also offer networking opportunities—which can have a huge impact on career advancement.

For this column, we pulled together some upcoming 2017 conferences that may peek your interest. Have a look and click the link to learn more about each of these worthwhile events.


Musical chairs: Congrats to our GC friends

Evers-Legal-Executive-Search-Culture-Fit-March-2017Congratulations are in order on new general counsel roles for six of the 20 lawyers we have profiled in previous issues of eNews. Cornell Boggs (previously with Dow Corning) is now leading the law department at Toys R Us, Chris Carsen (previously with Mattersight) has landed the top spot at Corel Corp., Joe Perkins (previously with Cummins) is running the show at NIBCO, and E.M. Lysonge (previously with Churchill Downs) is now sitting in the big chair at CafePress Inc.

On the promotion front, Curt Kramer steps up to become the General Counsel of Navistar International on April 1 when Steve Covey retires. And Bill Caruso has been promoted to Acting General Counsel for DeVry.

For Curt, Joe and E.M, this is their first general counsel position. I am so very happy to see their hard work pay off. For Bill, hopefully the interim title will turn permanent as it did for Doug Beck, who took a similar path via promotion at Hub Group. All in all, the individuals profiled in our Counsel Q&A’s are doing just fine! More 

Congratulations Curt Kramer

Curt Kramer has been named Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Navistar International (NYSE: NAV), effective April 1 upon the retirement of Steve Covey.  Steve spent 36 years with Navistar, including the last 13 as General Counsel.  I thank Steve for making Navistar one of our first Fortune 500 clients almost 20 years ago.  We had the privilege of handling the search that resulted in Curt’s placement at Navistar in 2002.

Curt started at Navistar with the title Senior Attorney, and he has successfully climbed every step up the law department ladder.  It was an ascent that, by my count, included at least four title changes (most recently Associate GC and Corporate Secretary).

In our upcoming March 18 issue of “Evers eNews,” my Culture Fit column title is “Musical Chairs” and I talk about the frequency with which GC’s tend to move around these days.  Steve Covey and Curt Kramer are proof that doing great work, building relationships, treating your team members well, navigating corporate changes, and always showing loyalty… remains a formula that works too.  Congratulations Curt!  I am very happy for you, and I appreciate your support over the years.  Curt participated on a panel I put together for the In-house Innovates conference a few months ago.  I am not supposed to play favorites, but you are indeed at the top of my list… I am grateful that our paths crossed early in our respective careers.

A quick thank you as well to Bob Perna.  Bob was the General Attorney (really an Assistant GC title for Navistar) who hired Curt in 2002.  Although Steve kindly gave our firm the thumbs up to engage with Navistar, I worked most closely with Bob on that search, and he was very generous in his support of our efforts.  Bob has been a General Counsel for several years now and currently sits in the big chair for Rockwell Collins.

Baxter M&A / Securities position

Evers Legal has been retained by Deerfield, IL based Baxter International to recruit great candidates for a newly created position that includes both sophisticated M&A work and corporate governance responsibilities.  The winner will bring securities and corporate transactional experience to the table.  We are targeting law firm attorneys at the junior partner and senior associate levels, and in-house attorneys at the Corporate Counsel to Senior Counsel levels.  Very competitive compensation includes a significant annual equity grant.  Please call Mike Evers at 312-225-1144 for more information or send your resume to