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Senior Counsel, Privacy

Lake County, Illinois Req ID 2210727 Category Legal Division AbbVie

This attorney will be a lead counsel on privacy and data security matters across business areas and jurisdictions.



  • Strategic and day-to-day legal privacy legal support to all functions (both aesthetics and therapeutics), collaborating with relevant business units, privacy compliance, and legal
  • Support the AbbVie privacy compliance office regarding the operation of AbbVie’s global privacy program
  • Legal support to monitor and implement changes in data protection laws and regulations
  • Legal support for information security risk management (data security), including data breach analysis and response, third party risk management, and insider risk
  • Privacy notice, consent and contract template drafting, reviews and updates, both globally and regionally
  • Provide leadership in the design and evaluation of privacy and security related projects
  • Support global privacy contracts team and commercial and M&A legal teams regarding data privacy legal questions and contract review and negotiation
  • Management and supervision of external privacy counsel work


  • Position must be based near an AbbVie office location in the US or EU. 
  • Law degree from a relevant jurisdiction
  • 8+ years of relevant legal experience in privacy and data security matters
  • Strong background in U.S. and EU data privacy requirements
  • Experience with global privacy laws related to the pharmaceutical and clinical research industry preferred
  • Experience with building and implementing a global privacy program
  • Ability to write clearly and prepare professional communications
  • Detailed and rigorous legal research and analysis skills
  • Experience working with and across the full corporate structure in a matrixed corporate environment
  • Experience supporting senior business leaders
  • Experience in data processing agreements and data transfer agreements
  • Experience working with and advising multinational affiliates across markets
  • lAPP Certifications, such as CIPP/US or CIPP/E, a plus
  • Language: English required
Significant Work Activities: N/A
Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time
Job Type: Experienced
Schedule: Full-time

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