Counsel, Clinical R&D Legal

Lake County, IL, US
Jul 27, 2018
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
The Clinical R&D Legal Counsel role is responsible for providing strategic legal counsel and contracting support for AbbVie's global clinical research-based pharmaceutical business .

Key Job Responsibilities:

  • Provide legal counsel to clients, including senior management, in AbbVie's R&D organization on issues impacting clinical research and development, such as informed consent, CRO arrangements, patient recruitment activities, contract arrangements with investigators and clinical research vendors, and other collaborative research relationships
  • Contribute to strategic planning with clients and colleagues to optimize the implementation of AbbVie clinical studies and other medical research activities.
  • Identify and analyze complex legal issues related to AbbVie's clinical study programs, develop solutions and implement resolutions.
  • Negotiate, draft, and review an extensive range of clinical study-related agreements.
  • Supervise paralegal staff and contractor attorneys responsible for clinical study documentation.
  • Develop knowledge of AbbVie's business and supported client areas. Keep abreast of changes in laws that affect client areas.
  • Resolve legal issues using negotiation skills and legal expertise. Advise legal department managers of project developments in a timely manner. Execute core job responsibilities in a timely manner
  • Help select and direct the work of outside counsel, define project objectives, manage project and budget .
  • Coordinate with AbbVie legal specialists on patent law, privacy law, and regulatory matters.

Position Accountability/Scope:
  • Position supports AbbVie's entire global R&D organization and will interact with senior leaders in the Legal Division and R&D business, including Global Medical Affairs. The position reports to Division Counsel, Clinical R&D Legal.


  • J D/Law degree and appropriate license to practice law in Illinois or ability to obtain Illinois license or in-house counsel license in Illinois.
  • Strong understanding of health care/research laws and regulations and industry guidance.
  • Experience drafting and negotiating clinical research related agreements.
  • Minimum of 5+ years of legal practice. In-house legal experience strongly preferred, working in pharmaceutical industry, CRO, or health care institution involved in clinical trials.