Senior Counsel, Global Therapeutics Legal, Medical Affairs


Mettawa, IL

  1. Corporate
  2. Legal
  1. Full-time

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Company Description

AbbVie's mission is to discover and deliver innovative medicines and solutions that solve serious health issues today and address the medical challenges of tomorrow. We strive to have a remarkable impact on people's lives across several key therapeutic areas – immunology, oncology, neuroscience, and eye care – and products and services in our Allergan Aesthetics portfolio. For more information about AbbVie, please visit us at www.abbvie.com. Follow @abbvie on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn.

Job Description

The Senior Counsel – Global Therapeutics Legal, Medical Affairs position is responsible for developing legal strategy and direct support to the Medical Affairs and Health Economics Outcomes Research (“HEOR”) organization, as well as several products in the Specialty Franchise. This position will provide counsel concerning a broad range of legal, regulatory and compliance issues, with a primary focus on FDA promotional regulations, the False Claims Act, the Anti-Kickback Statute, and HHS-OIG guidance.


Key Responsibilities:



  • Serving as lead counsel for our Medical Affairs and HEOR organization, and to select brands within the Specialty franchise, concerning a range of legal, regulatory and compliance issues concerning FDA regulations, the False Claims Act, the Anti-Kickback Statute, HHS-OIG guidance, consumer protection and competition law, among others.

  • Working cross functionally with Medical Affairs, Regulatory Affairs, the Office of Ethics and Compliance, Marketing, and other departments to find solutions to meet business objectives consistent with the law, applicable policies/procedures, and AbbVie’s Code of Conduct.

  • Providing clear advice to clients and senior legal management on key priorities for Medical Affairs and HEOR organization, including medical and scientific engagement, addressing educational scientific gaps, evidence generation capabilities, and the support of enterprise growth goals.

  • Developing knowledge of Medical Affairs and HEOR organization and Specialty franchise and proactively guiding commercial, medical and regulatory clients related to same.

  • Staying up to date on developments in healthcare laws and guidelines, identifying unmet needs and future legal issues, and proactively proposing strategies to optimize outcomes and results for patients, providers, and the company, while managing risk.

  • Being committed to meeting patient unmet needs across AbbVie’s therapeutic areas and energized to rise to new challenges and envision creative solutions.

  • Serving as recognized source, for the business as well as other attorneys, regarding innovative ideas in complex areas of law, business, or technology, particularly those impacting the Medical Affairs and HEOR organization.

  • This position reports to the Associate General Counsel, Specialty & Medical Affairs.


Significant Work Activities -Continuous sitting for prolonged periods (more than 2 consecutive hours in an 8 hour day)



Required Qualifications:


  • J.D. required.

  • Law degree from an ABA accredited law school and in good standing with the state bar of the jurisdiction in which your office will be located (or ability to gain licensure in the state in which your office will be located).

  • Minimum 7+ years of relevant experience (previous pharma experience a plus).

  • Developing proficiency in practice area.

  • Experience with pharmaceutical/biotech companies required, and educational background in applicable scientific field is a plus.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to communicate complex legal issues in a simple, understandable manner with colleagues across the company.

  • Strong collaborative skills, able to build partnerships internally and with external partners at all levels of the organization.

  • Strong organization and time management skills with flexibility, creativity, resourcefulness to successfully prioritize and manage multiple, competing priorities simultaneously.



Additional Information

Applicable only to applicants applying to a position in any location with pay disclosure requirements under state or local law: ​


  • The compensation range described below is the range of possible base pay compensation that the Company believes in good faith it will pay for this role at the time of this posting based on the job grade for this position. Individual compensation paid within this range will depend on many factors including geographic location, and we may ultimately pay more or less than the posted range. This range may be modified in the future.​
  • We offer a comprehensive package of benefits including paid time off (vacation, holidays, sick), medical/dental/vision insurance and 401(k) to eligible employees.​
  • This job is eligible to participate in our short-term incentive programs. ​
  • This job is eligible to participate in our long-term incentive programs. ​


Note: No amount of pay is considered to be wages or compensation until such amount is earned, vested, and determinable. The amount and availability of any bonus, commission, incentive, benefits, or any other form of compensation and benefits that are allocable to a particular employee remains in the Company's sole and absolute discretion unless and until paid and may be modified at the Company’s sole and absolute discretion, consistent with applicable law.

AbbVie is committed to operating with integrity, driving innovation, transforming lives, serving our community and embracing diversity and inclusion.  It is AbbVie’s policy to employ qualified persons of the greatest ability without discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy), physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, status as a protected veteran, or any other legally protected group status.

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