FDA Regulatory / Chicago area, 3 days per week +

Our well regarded corporate client in the northern suburbs (bio-pharma) seeks an experienced FDA Regulatory attorney for on-site Adjunct Counsel work via Evers Legal.  Three days per week (but could be four or five depending on candidate preference and work load), plus travel approximately once per month to Boston.  4+ month assignment (predict it could extend much longer).  We will pay well.  Call Mike Evers at 312-225-1144 for details, resume to mike@everslegal.com.  Thank you.

Announcements, Our Survey and Talent Available

CultureFitphotoI am pleased to have my colleague Meredith Haydon back and working with us again on a regular basis. As some of you may know, Meredith lost her husband Chris to cancer earlier this year and she took some time off. So this photo from a holiday party on Dec. 3 takes on special meaning for me. It also reflects our different styles. As Meredith would say, I’m the “schmoozer” with the big grin. And I’m always trying to get her to chill out more! Since 1999, our complementary strengths have served our clients well, and we look forward to more of the same in 2016. More 

8 GCs Name the Most Influential Books of Their Lives and Careers

YourCareer-Dec15-1024x768Need holiday gift ideas for your career-aspiring family, friends and co-workers? Your shopping just got easier!

Eight current and former general counsel—all of whom are highly successful lawyers who have been profiled on Evers Legal’s blog—talk about the books that most influenced their lives and careers.

Check out this list of books (in no particular order) that helped to pave the impressive careers of some of the in-house bar’s top lawyers. More 

Bonnie Michael Finds Success as GC of Volvo Financial Services USA

Tape line 47" from Background, ; Thunder GrayOne thing is for sure, ever since Bonnie Michael can remember, she wanted to be a lawyer. Legend has it, she announced to her parents, at about six years old, that she would grow up one day to become a successful attorney. The youngster then sat down at her kitchen table, as the story goes, to write letters to deans of some of the country’s top law schools—Yale and Harvard were both on the list—to ask them what exactly she had to do to achieve this feat.

Michael herself doesn’t actually remember this story, but her proud mother has told it time and again. What Michael does remember is recognizing at a young age the importance of the work lawyers do and working hard to realize a goal she had set for herself so long ago.  More 

Congratulations Ronke Ekwensi

Congratulations to Ronke Ekwensi, who started earlier this Fall as the Vice President, Information Policy and Management for Baxalta.  In this cross functional role, Ronke will help manage mission critical data on a global basis within the highly regulated pharmaceutical industry.  She arrives uniquely qualified for the position, including:  a Master of Jurisprudence in Health Law, an MBA in Global Management, VP-level information governance experience with Pfizer, and subject matter expertise as a consultant in Information Governance and Data Integration with Duff & Phelps.  Evers Legal appreciates the opportunity to handle the search leading to Ronke’s placement.


Career Satisfaction Survey

Please take 2-minutes to complete our first annual Career Satisfaction Survey.  It’s not all about $$$.  We hope you find the questions engaging, and we look forward to sharing results in an upcoming issue of Evers eNews.  Participation is anonymous.  Thank you.  Click:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3YBLWYQ

Our thanks to our colleague Cate Flahardy and her team at Cate Flahardy Communications for their leadership on this survey!


Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law

20150917_133500Thank you to Meredith Ritchie  and her fellow Board members for including me in yesterday’s Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law event.  The largely law firm oriented audience seized on client access and origination credit as a key driver towards improved inclusion and advancement for women at major firms.

Of course, I always find the in-house attorneys at any legal conference.  The photo here is with Cynthia Abbott, the stellar Chief Litigation Counsel for Motorola Mobility. More 

Cornell Boggs’ Road Less Traveled Leads to GC Success

Cornell BoggsBorn into a family of high-achieving academics, Cornell Boggs enjoyed a unique childhood to say the least—and success was almost certain. His father was the first person to receive a PhD in zoology from Howard University and went on to serve as a professor at Virginia State College. His mother was an accomplished teacher, who instilled the value of education in her children. Living in the 1960s segregated south, Boggs entered private school where he and his siblings were among very few black children in their classrooms.

And in 1972, after his parents separated, Boggs’ life headed down another extraordinary road when his mother joined the U.S. Department of Defense’s school system as a teacher. “We got on a plane to Germany not knowing exactly where we would be living until we landed,” Boggs explains. “We ended up in Karlsruhe, where I went to junior high. It was totally different than the American south.”

Cornell lived in Europe with his family until he graduated high school—spending some time in Vicenza, Italy, where his mother worked as a teacher and met Cornell’s stepfather, a Command Sergeant Major in the Army. When his mother was promoted to assistant principal (and later principal) of one of the DoD schools, the Boggses moved back to Wurzburg, Germany, where Cornell graduated high school. He then headed to northwest Indiana to attend college at Valparaiso University. More 

Conference season is here: It’s fun and good for your career

YourCareerFall is upon us, and we know what that means: football tailgating parties, pumpkin-flavored everything and conference season.

We’re into it already, as Mike writes in his blog about the recent Coalition of Women’s Initiative in Law event.

In-house counsel stay busy all year long, and sometimes struggle to find the time to attend conferences—be it industry focused or a legal conference with CLE. But carving out some time throughout the year, especially in the fall when conference season is fully underway, may be an opportunity for career advancement.

Attending legal conferences offers three obvious benefits, among others. These include: More