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Senior Paralegal, Clinical R&D

North Chicago, IL
Start date
Mar 18, 2024

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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 Follow @abbvie on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn.

Job Description

This position supports AbbVies global Clinical R&D organization and will interact with attorneys in the Legal Division and R&D business. The position reports to Senior Counsel, Clinical R&D Legal.

Key Responsibilities Include:

  • Exercise discretion, independent judgment and critical thinking skills to negotiate, draft, and review clinical study-related agreements and legal documents including, but not limited to, Informed Consent Forms, global Clinical Study Agreements, Service Agreements and Confidential Disclosure Agreements.

  • Identifies and resolves routine and moderately complex legal matters in area of responsibility with minimal supervision.

  • Performs independent analysis of unique problems and proposes solutions.

  • Represents AbbVie externally to customers, suppliers, competitors, opposing counsel or government agencies and resolves legal issues using negotiation skills and legal experience.

  • Escalate legal matters to attorneys and manager as appropriate.

  • Possess strong communication skills required to effectively gather relevant information from R&D business contacts and contract management support functions and directly interact and negotiate with individuals inside and outside AbbVie.

  • Develop knowledge of AbbVies Clinical R&D business and supported client areas. Keep abreast of changes in laws that affect client areas.

  • Coordinate with AbbVie legal specialists on intellectual property and privacy law.

  • Possess organizational, project management and multitasking skills to manage multiple matters, set own work priorities and meet required work deadlines.

  • Have flexibility to take on special projects and/or additional responsibilities as needed.

  • Advise legal department managers of project developments in a timely manner.

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



  • Bachelors Degree and / or relevant legal education (Paralegal certificate).

  • Minimum 5 years of paralegal experience including significant experience in negotiating contracts and one year in a corporate environment.

  • Excellent oral/written communication, organization/analytical and interpersonal skills, attention to detail, and project management abilities are all required.

  • Must be able to multi-task, analyze information, understand client needs, set and manage own work priorities and meet deadlines.

  • Proficient in area of responsibility.
  • International contract experience preferred.

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.

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 Companys 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 AbbVies 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.


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, and YouTube.

Stock Symbol: ABBV

Stock Exchange: NYSE

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1 North Waukegan Road
North Chicago

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