Division Counsel, IP Litigation

Lake County, Illinois
Apr 30, 2021
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
About AbbVie
AbbVie’s mission is to discover and deliver innovative medicines 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, eye care, virology, women’s health and gastroenterology, in addition to products and services across its Allergan Aesthetics portfolio. For more information about AbbVie, please visit us at Follow @abbvie on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn.

AbbVie is searching for a Division Counsel, IP Litigation in our Intellectual Property group.  This position will be based at AbbVie’s headquarters, located in North Chicago, Illinois. The Division Counsel is the first level supervising attorney in AbbVie’s Legal Division. 


The responsibilities include working with Section Heads and the VP, Intellectual Property & Strategy to oversee the intellectual property litigation function across therapeutic areas. This position plays a key role in selecting, recruiting and developing attorneys and support staff and provides input into attorney performance evaluations, merit increases and developmental planning and assignments.  



  • Manages AbbVie’s U.S. and international patent litigation matters, driving strategy with outside counsel and partnering with key internal clients.
  • Leads key litigation proceedings, including depositions, hearings, mediations, arbitrations, settlement conferences, and trials. 
  • Provides expert counsel on all patent litigation and related issues. 
  • Advises senior management on a broad range of key global patent litigation issues.
  • Negotiates and drafts settlement agreements.
  • Identifies highly complex legal issues related to assigned matter; develops alternative solutions, and implements resolution. Leads cross-functional projects.
  • Possesses in-depth knowledge of AbbVie’s businesses and knowledge of the broader business impact. Keeps abreast of changes in laws that affect client areas.
  • Identifies unmet needs and future legal issues and proactively proposes strategies to optimize outcomes and results for the company.
  • Mentors, coaches and directs attorneys and support staff; serves as a role model and as a champion of the legal department through work ethic, attitude, interpersonal skills and successful results. Will have attorney and support staff direct reports with people management responsibility (provides input into attorney performance evaluations, merit increases and developmental planning and assignments). Plays a key role in selecting, recruiting and developing attorneys and support staff.
  • Advises legal department management of critical project developments in a timely manner. 
  • Advises Managers, Directors, Vice Presidents and Officers. Recognized by these clients as both expert in substantive area and relied upon for individual advice.
  • Develops and manages budgets. 
  • Evaluates and addresses third party IP rights and advising senior management, including analyzing the validity of competitors’ patents and potential infringement by the company.


Basic Requirements

  • JD degree from an accredited law school.
  • 10+ years of relevant experience with 5+ in a major law firm preferred.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to communicate complex legal or scientific issues in a simple, understandable manner with colleagues of varying technical knowledge across the company.
  • Strong collaborative skills, able to build partnerships and alliances 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.
  • Experience directing efforts of junior IP attorneys.

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Equal Employment Opportunity
At AbbVie, we value bringing together individuals from diverse backgrounds to develop new and innovative solutions for patients. As an equal opportunity employer we do not discriminate on the basis 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, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic.