Michael B. Sachs Partner

Michael Sachs


How To Be A Model In-House Client When Working With A Search Firm July 17, 2018 When working with a search firm, you as a client s... Read More
What It Takes To Lead Legal in Higher Education September 1, 2017 From the Clery Act and Title IX to First Amendment... Read More
The “Write” Way to Engage Future Employers: A Recruiter’s Guide to Email June 7, 2017 Are you following proper email etiquette? Read the... Read More
Tales From the Inside: Do You Think I Should Send a Thank-You Note? October 7, 2015 Michael Sachs discusses the difference that a than... Read More
Law Firm to In-House: A Different Type of Mountain, But Not Insurmountable November 11, 2013 Michael Sachs discusses the attainable challenges ... Read More

In the News

MLA Places Michael-Bryant Hicks as GC at Elanco Animal Health June 26, 2018 Hicks will oversee all of Elanco's legal functions... Read More
4 Essential Tasks New GCS Should Immediately Conquer February 28, 2018 With increasingly more prominence placed on busine... Read More
Major, Lindsey & Africa Places Traevena Byrd as Vice President and General Counsel at American University in Washington, D.C. February 21, 2018 Major, Lindsey Africa (MLA), today announced the ... Read More
Major, Lindsey & Africa Places Sylvia A. Stein as General Counsel at Modine Manufacturing Company in Racine, Wisconsin February 19, 2018 Major, Lindsey Africa Places Sylvia A. Stein as G... Read More
For Attorneys Moving In-House, the Soft Skills Are Key August 10, 2017 Attorneys considering a move inhouse need to hone ... Read More
Legal Departments Keep Huge Percentage of Work In-House June 28, 2017 Nearly 75 percent of work for legal departments is... Read More
4 Tips For Outside Counsel Making The Move In-House June 16, 2017 Seasoned attorneys looking to make a move in-house... Read More
6 Traits That Will Get You Hired In-House March 22, 2017 Law departments seeking out new talent are priorit... Read More
How To Stand Out In A Large Law Department February 15, 2017 In large law departments, in-house counsel who don... Read More
How To Know When It's Time To Go In-House November 14, 2016 If you've ever toyed with the idea of taking a law... Read More

I am a positive, energetic and dedicated search professional who is motivated by producing terrific outcomes for both my clients and candidates. I love making a difference by finding a tremendous individual for an organization to add to its unique culture, and I similarly take great pleasure in changing an individual’s life by presenting them with what will hopefully be the job of his or her lifetime.

Michael Sachs is a Partner in the Chicago office of Major, Lindsey & Africa. He specializes in placing attorneys at all levels—from junior counsel to general counsel—in corporate and university legal departments.

Mike is a frequent lecturer at law schools on the topic of career planning and development. He has also authored several articles concerning challenges and opportunities in corporate legal recruiting. Mike has written two screenplays and is an avid runner, tennis player and bowler.


Prior to joining Major, Lindsey & Africa, Mike was in-house media counsel for NBC Universal, where his primary responsibility was managing legal issues involving syndicated television talk shows. He also worked for more than seven years as a litigation and intellectual property associate at Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP, where he specialized in insurance coverage and insurance class action matters, trademark and media defense cases and numerous other types of commercial disputes.


Throughout his career, Mike has performed legal searches in numerous industries, including higher education, medical devices, healthcare, financial services, food & beverage, consumer products, manufacturing, insurance, hospitality and biotechnology. His recent placements have included:

  • University of Michigan – Vice President & General Counsel
  • Union Pacific, the Fortune 150 Omaha-based rail corporation – Executive Vice President & Chief Legal Officer
  • Trustmark Companies, a Chicago-based health insurance company – Senior Vice President and General Counsel
  • FTD Companies Inc., a Chicago-based floral product and services company – Executive Vice President and General Counsel
  • OhioHealth Corporation, one of the largest health systems in the United States – Senior Vice President and General Counsel

As a member of the In-House Practice Group's Higher Education team, Mike also maintains a focus on universities and institutions of higher education. He has conducted senior-level searches for institutions such as:

  • University of Michigan
  • The Johns Hopkins University
  • Columbia University
  • Iowa State University
  • University of Florida


University of Michigan: J.D.

University of Illinois: B.S., Broadcast Journalism

Symposium Editor, Journal of Law Reform


American Bar Association

Admitted to practice law in Illinois