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Congrats Greg Lacey

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

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.

Nov. 15 -16 Superconference in Chicago

Please note that this year’s Inhouse Innovates series in Chicago (also and formerly known as the Inside Counsel “Superconference”), previously scheduled for May, is locked down now for Nov. 15 – 16.  There was a change in ownership and the conference is now run by American Lawyer Media.  The move to November has given ALM time to put its unique stamp on the conference and I’m excited to experience their approach.

I am pleased to be one of the panel moderators, and I hope you mark your calendar for the event.  If you previously received a Complimentary Conference Pass from Evers Legal for May, you are automatically registered for November and will receive notice of this (ping me if you don’t).  If you are not registered and wish to attend, let me know.  Depending on eligibility requirements, I may be able to assist with a conference pass or at least a discount.  Mike

Our Counsel Q&A profiles… recommendations?

Our bi-monthly eNews features a Counsel Q&A profile – these have been very well received.  General Counsel and other senior level in-house participants have enjoyed the feedback from friends and colleagues.  The process is fun and painless, handled by expert journalist Cate Flahardy.  It is also a positive way to raise one’s online profile.  Thus far, I have extended invites to participate privately and individually.  We have a couple of openings left in 2016, and I would like to widen the proverbial net.  I welcome recommendations.  Please email mike@everslegal.com or call me at 312-225-1144 to recommend a colleague (or yourself) for a Counsel Q&A.  We do reserve the right to accept or decline recommendations.  Let me hear from you!  Best regards, Mike Evers

Superconference discount via Evers (May 9 + 10)

Our friends at InsideCounsel are offering a special discount code for readers of Evers eNews and this blog.  The sessions this year are better than ever.  Here are the details:

The 16th Annual Superconference — www.inhouseinnovates.com/superconference presented by InsideCounsel, is right around the corner. No longer just providing legal counsel, in-house attorneys have become strategic business partners within their companies. They not only need to be influential in the boardroom, but must demonstrate the ability to make strategic decisions on both commercial and legal analysis. At the can’t miss event, you will: 

  • Earn up to 14.5 CLE Credits (including 2.5 Ethics Credits) PLUS if applying in Illinois credit will received by the June 30th deadline!
  • Gain Expertise in the most pressing topics facing General Counsel today through our innovative tracks such as Business Partner Strategies, Regulatory Concerns, Law Department Management, Current Legal  Hot Topics, Ethics & Compliance, Law & Technology!
  • Be eligible to attend the invitation only complimentary Global Lawyer Forum on May 9, 2016 and help your company build a thriving international presence. (In-House Counsel only). NOW CLE ELIGIBLE!
  • Learn tools and techniques from our leading industry expert speakers such as Julie Brill, former Commissioner, Federal Trade Commissioner, Co-Director Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice, Hogan Lovells, Colleen Batcheler, Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, ConAgra Foods, Rebecca “Riv” Goldman, VP, Commercial Law, Rockwell Automation, Jason Parkman, Chief Executive Officer, Mitratech, Mark Smolik, Chief Legal & Compliance Officer, DHL Supply Chain plus many more who will provide best practices you must know to reach the next level of your career.
  • Network with top legal industry professionals.

Register Today and Save $200 off Standard Rates! Use promo code “ME100” to receive discount. Register Online at  https://www.eiseverywhere.com/ereg/index.php?eventid=156979&discountcode=ME100 or contact Frank Wolson at 212-457-9510 or fwolson@alm.com.

Evers moderating panel at In-house Innovates May 10

Friends of our firm are likely familiar with the annual Inside Counsel “Superconference.”  American Lawyer Media has acquired the conference rights and is growing it to four regional conferences re-titled, “In-house Innovates.”  I am pleased to bridge this transition and return as a moderator.  On May 10, I will moderate the panel, “GC & CFO:  Managing Corporate Risk as Partners.”  Details to come.  I encourage you to visit the conference site and consider attending:  https://www.eiseverywhere.com/ehome/156979/agenda/