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Michael Sachs is a Partner in our In-House Counsel Practice, based in Chicago. He specializes in placing lawyers at all levels—from junior counsel to general counsel—in corporate and university legal departments. Over the years, Mike has spearheaded critical searches in numerous industries, including healthcare, energy, financial services, consumer products, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, manufacturing and higher education. His clients have ranged from Fortune 500 companies with very large law departments to privately-owned organizations with small legal teams and start-ups looking to build up their legal teams. Mike is committed to getting to know his clients and understanding their unique culture, which makes his job of finding the best person for a specific opportunity that much more achievable. 

Mike has a deep passion and understanding for diversity. He counsels his clients on the importance of building a diverse team and, in turn, endeavors to submit a diverse slate for every search. Mike is also a frequent speaker at law schools on the topic of career planning and development. Over the last decade, Mike has authored numerous articles concerning challenges and opportunities in corporate legal recruiting. 

Mike has written two screenplays and is an avid runner, tennis player and bowler. Mike is dad to two young “human” children and also a beloved family dog.
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.

University of Michigan: J.D.

University of Illinois: B.S., Broadcast Journalism

Symposium Editor, Journal of Law Reform

Throughout his career, Mike has performed legal searches in a variety of industries for numerous roles. 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
  • Consolidated Edison, Inc., the Fortune 300 New York-based utility company – Senior Vice President & General Counsel
  • Delphi Technologies, an automotive technology company based in London – Senior Vice President & General Counsel
  • American University (in Washington DC) – General Counsel
  • La-Z-Boy Incorporated, a Michigan-based furniture manufacturer – Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary
  • Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago – Senior Vice President & Chief Legal Officer
  • FTD LLC, a Chicago-based floral retailer and wholesaler – Executive Vice President & General Counsel
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American Bar Association

Admitted to practice law in Illinois

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