MLA Places Michael-Bryant Hicks as GC at Elanco Animal Health

Hanover, MD (June 26, 2018)Major, Lindsey & Africa (MLA), the world’s leading legal search firm, announces the placement of Michael-Bryant Hicks, known as “Hicks,” as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary at Elanco Animal Health, a division of Eli Lilly and Company that manufactures products for pets and livestock. The search was led by Michael B. Sachs and Heather Fine of Major, Lindsey & Africa’s Midwest In-House Practice Group.

“Hicks has considerable previous experience as a general counsel, having advised companies on a range of domestic and international transactions, and has held in-house counsel positions of increasing responsibility within healthcare,” said Michael Sachs of MLA. “He now oversees Elanco’s legal function, and through abundance of experience, brings a fresh perspective to the company.”

Most recently, Hicks was general counsel at Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, where he had executive responsibility for the legal function, including litigation, intellectual property, environmental, regulatory, mergers and acquisitions, and other general legal activities. Previously, he served as senior vice president, general counsel, chief compliance officer and corporate secretary of Providence Service Corporation, a global provider of a range of healthcare services. Prior to that, he served as assistant general counsel at DaVita Healthcare Partners, Inc., a leading provider of dialysis services. Additionally, Hicks spent five years at Beckman Coulter, Inc., a provider of biomedical diagnostics instruments, where he was associate general counsel and head of legal support for the company’s Asia and Latin America operations.

“It was easy for me to see that Elanco is a company with a strong vision at an exciting time in its history,” said Hicks. “I'm looking forward to adding to Elanco's strong leadership team in a vibrant industry that’s growing and full of opportunity.”

Hicks also worked in the corporate law practices of Vinson & Elkins LLP and Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP. He began his career as a law clerk for the Honorable James A. Beaty Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a J.D. from Yale Law School. As a Fulbright Scholar, he also worked on small business incubation projects in Quito, Ecuador.

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