Pharmacyclics, LLC

Director, Corporate Counsel, LTG

Sunnyvale, CA, United States
Sep 29, 2018
Biotech Bay
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Pharmacyclics is committed to the development and commercialization of novel therapies intended to improve the quality and duration of life and to resolve serious unmet medical needs for cancer patients. Pharmacyclics is a wholly-owned subsidiary of AbbVie (NYSE:ABBV), a global, research-based biopharmaceutical company. Oncology is a key therapeutic area for AbbVie, with a portfolio consisting of three marketed products and a pipeline containing multiple promising new molecules that are being studied in more than 200 clinical trials for over 20 different types of cancer.

More than 1,200 Pharmacyclics and AbbVie research scientists, clinicians, marketing, operations and corporate professionals work in the San Francisco Bay Area. They combine their expertise in immuno-oncology, stem cells, and cell-signaling with their knowledge of bispecific antibodies, antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs), and covalent-inhibitor technologies to discover and develop novel cancer treatments. Together, we are striving to outsmart cancer.

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Corporate Counsel, Legal Transactions Group

General Position Summary/Purpose:

As a member of the Legal Transactions Group, Corporate Counsel is responsible for identifying and resolving highly complex and significant legal issues related to pharmaceutical commercial operations, sales and marketing, managed care and market access transactions for compliance with applicable corporate policies and procedures, and a wide range of legal, regulatory and compliance matters, including FDA regulations, False Claims Act, Anti-Kickback Statute, OIG guidance, the PhRMA Code and competition law in connection with product labeling, promotional and non-promotional activities, marketing strategies, sales compensation, government reimbursement, and interactions with healthcare professionals.

The ideal candidate must be energized by working in a complex and fast-paced environment, be able to quickly understand and support business objectives with creative and strategic approaches, mentor the members of the Legal Transactions Group, all while exercising sound and ethical judgment. Specifically, Corporate Counsel will:

  • Draft, negotiate and interpret a wide range of complex commercial and market access agreements, including master services, consulting agreements, services and distribution agreements and discount agreements with wholesalers, distributors, specialty pharmacies, GPOs, IDNs, PBMs and managed care organization
  • Manage, supervise, support and mentor the legal professionals and staff within the Legal Transactions Group.
  • Develop strategies and provide legal advice to support optimal outcomes for the business.
  • Work cross functionally with various departments to meet business objectives.
  • Assist Pharmacyclics Head of Legal Transactions, Head of Legal and other senior counsels on matters of significant importance.
  • Serve as recognized source, for the business as well as other attorneys, regarding innovative ideas in complex areas of law, business, or technology.
  • Provide significant input in the development and implementation of policies and procedures.
  • In conjunction with various non-legal contracting functions, address and provide legal advice as required.
  • Be committed to meeting patient unmet needs and be energized by rising to new challenges and coming up with creative solutions to serve patients.
  • Be energized by challenging and interesting legal work and novel business problems.
  • Be able to work cross-functionally to develop knowledge to enhance support of business needs.
  • Stay abreast of changes in laws that affect client areas.
  • Be capable of regularly negotiating independently with business partners on matters of strategic importance that affect a substantial portion of the business or matters of significant importance to senior management.
  • Clearly define project objectives with capable management.
  • Identify unmet needs and future legal issues and proactively proposes strategies to optimize outcomes and results for the company and manage risk.
  • Have excellent drafting, negotiation and very clear communication skills.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects.


  • 6-8 years of general corporate practice including contract negotiation and drafting.
  • JD required.
  • On a continuous basis, sit at desk for prolonged period of time at company facility to intermittently answer telephone, file/fax/or copy documents, and write or use a keyboard to communicate through written means. Walking and lifting up to 20 pounds may be required. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate. The physical demands described above are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Must meet the professional licensing requirement of the state in which they practice.

Experience with pharmaceutical/biotech companies and/or academic institutions is preferred, but not required, and educational background in applicable scientific field is a plus.

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