Senior Counsel, Litigation & Investigations

Foster City, CA
Jul 24, 2021
Required Education
Masters Degree/MBA
Position Type
Full time
Senior Counsel, Litigation & Investigations
United States - California - Foster City

Gilead Sciences, Inc. is a research-based bio-pharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes innovative medicines in areas of unmet medical need. With each new discovery and investigational drug candidate, we seek to improve the care of patients living with life-threatening diseases around the world. Gilead’s therapeutic areas of focus include HIV/AIDS, liver diseases, cancer and inflammation, and serious respiratory and cardiovascular conditions.

Making an impact on a global scale
Inclusion is one of the company’s five core values. That’s because we know that we are stronger and more innovative at Gilead when we are informed by a diverse set of backgrounds, experiences and points of view. Gilead Sciences is a biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes innovative therapeutics in areas of unmet medical need. The company's mission is to advance the care of patients suffering from life-threatening diseases worldwide.

When you join Gilead, you join our mission to change the world by enabling people to live healthier and more fulfilling lives. Come join a mission-driven bio-pharmaceutical organization that values inclusion and diversity, has a strong portfolio of products, and is constantly #CreatingPossible

Gilead\'s Legal team is seeking a creative, agile and diligent attorney to join the Litigation & Investigations team. As an integral member of the Legal Department, this role will have broad responsibility for managing the Company's litigation and investigations.
Litigation: This position will be the internal lead for assigned corporate, commercial, securities, false claims act, anti-trust, products liability, and other forms of litigation and pre-dispute resolution. The Senior Counsel will be responsible for developing and assessing case strategies, conducting and managing interviews of fact and expert witnesses, handling discovery requests, reviewing court filings, and managing external counsel.
Investigations: This position will also lead assigned internal and government investigations and manage external counsel, as needed. The Senior Counsel will be responsible for developing investigation plans, interviewing witnesses, assessing and documenting findings, and recommending corrective actions to business partners.
Desired skills:
  • The position will require substantive expertise in litigation and both internal and government investigations, combined with excellent project management skills and sound judgment in managing cases and interacting with internal business clients.
  • This function will best be served by an individual with experience in the areas of general corporate litigation and government and internal investigations.
  • Experience addressing liabilities unique to the bio-pharmaceutical industry, including product liability and False Claims Act litigation, is desirable but not essential.
  • The successful candidate will be given increasing responsibility. The Senior Counsel must competently carry out and follow through on directives, learn quickly, apply legal analysis in a business context, and work independently to identify issues and goals.
  • This position requires working well within a team, and the ability to work collaboratively and efficiently with others is critical. Candidates must possess strong interpersonal skills.
  • The candidate must demonstrate ability to think creatively and devise solutions to challenging problems and must exercise mature and reliable judgment.
  • The position requires triaging of a heavy workflow, setting appropriate priorities with clients, and timely delivering results.
  • A Juris Doctor from a nationally recognized law school.
  • Admission to applicable state bar (CA), registration as in-house counsel, or ability to gain admission or registration for either in applicable state within 90 days.
  • At least 8 years prior industry or law firm attorney level experience in litigation.
  • Demonstrated client service orientation; able to recognize and respond quickly and pragmatically to urgent situations and demanding clients.
  • Exceptional and demonstrated written and verbal communication skills.

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