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 

10 Career insights from 10 successful GCs

Throughout 2014, I sat down with 10 fascinating individuals who also happen to be successful legal department leaders. From a former Dallas Cowboys football player to a former 2nd Lieutenant in the US Marine Corp with several tours under his belt to a former X-ray technician-turned-options trader—each of our interviewees had a unique, and often surprising, story to tell.

Although this is a very diverse group of individuals, they all have at least one thing in common: They are now accomplished lawyers serving as leaders in their legal departments and mentors to the young lawyers and business people around them.

In addition to telling the unique story of each GC featured in our Counsel Q&As, we like to relay advice from our profiled guests for achieving similar success. More 

Baxter, Senior Counsel (M&A), Boston

Evers Legal has been exclusively engaged by Baxter to help fill a newly created Senior Counsel position, to be located in the company’s new Cambridge, MA research facility serving the BioScience side of the company — which will be spun out in late 2015 as Baxalta.

We prefer candidates who are local to the Boston area… seeking highly qualified attorneys with major law firm M&A experience.  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.  In-house experience desirable but not required.  This opportunity is ideal for a senior law firm associate or junior partner who wants to make the right move into an in-house career.  Compensation is strong and includes significant equity.

Daily activities will include licensing, business development support, outside counsel management on deal work, and strategic counseling to the R&D team.  Position will report to a senior level attorney at Baxter HQ in Deerfield, IL (north suburban Chicago), and travel to Baxter HQ will be required.

This is a uniquely exciting opportunity… you will be well positioned as a key player as the BioScience division of Baxter becomes a separate publicly traded company (Baxalta) next year.  Call Mike Evers at 312-225-1144 with any questions or email your resume to mike@everslegal.com

Commercial Contracts (Chicago area)

Our law department clients in Chicagoland are once again showing an appetite for experienced commercial generalists with in-house experience who are open to working via our secondment service offering.  In a nutshell, we pay better than ordinary “contract attorney” staffing firms in order to get the best available attorneys in this category.  We are particularly interested in candidates who want to work in distant suburbs, such as Naperville to the west and Lake Forest to the north.  Please send a resume and call us for a conversation about our non-traditional placement opportunities.  A significant percentage of our secondments have turned into direct hire placements, although we can never guarantee that outcome.