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Senior Director, Counsel – Litigation, Legal Policy & Strategy

Eli Lilly and Company
Remote, Indiana
Start date
Jun 6, 2024

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Marketing, Regulatory, Legal/Compliance
Required Education
Position Type
Full time

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At Lilly, we unite caring with discovery to make life better for people around the world. We are a global healthcare leader headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. Our employees around the world work to discover and bring life-changing medicines to those who need them, improve the understanding and management of disease, and give back to our communities through philanthropy and volunteerism. We give our best effort to our work, and we put people first. We’re looking for people who are determined to make life better for people around the world.

The Senior Director, Counsel – Litigation, Legal Policy & Strategy role is for a creative, curious, and strategic litigation attorney with impeccable judgment. The role will have a strong focus on affirmative litigation and other advocacy. This role will foster a legal and administrative environment that supports innovation and patient access to the medicines they need. This individual will be energized by a complex and evolving legal and regulatory environment that impacts the legal, compliance, and business challenges facing biopharmaceutical manufacturers. We’re seeking a collaborative professional who can effectively partner across legal and business functions, engaging with external collaborators as needed. Reporting directly to the Associate Vice President and Assistant General Counsel for Litigation, Government Investigations, Legal Policy & Strategy, this role plays a critical part in our legal team.

Are you highly motivated and collaborative with strong interpersonal skills ? We need a hardworking legal professional with the ability to work effectively with team members, other lawyers, and members of management across all levels of the company. Bring your exceptional skills to Lilly and make an impact today!

  • Develop strategy, manage, and provide advice to senior leadership and the business on litigation and other legal strategies related to emerging laws, regulations, and industry trends.
  • Provide legal counsel to Government Affairs, Communications, Regulatory Affairs and other functions related to legal policy and strategy priorities and litigation, including assistance drafting and reviewing communications, comment letters, and related materials.
  • Lead outside counsel, including the development and management of reasonable budgets; coordinate internal efforts to meet litigation requirements and deliver results within the established budgets.
  • Build and maintain relationships with key Lilly constituencies.
  • Engage with key external collaborators, including counterparts at other companies in the industry, key government agencies, trade associations, and outside policy and counsel network to ensure Lilly’s legal policy interests are aligned and advanced.
  • Review, analyze, and keep current on litigation and policy developments affecting the pharmaceutical industry.

Basic Qualifications:
  • J.D. degree with an active license to practice law in the United States
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience as a practicing attorney developing and driving strategy for complex litigation, including constitutional claims, statutory and regulatory challenges, and APA matters.

Additional Preference:
  • Significant experience (8+ years) managing complex litigation at a global company and/or top law firm.
  • Appellate experience, including a clerkship on a federal court of appeals.
  • Experience litigating class actions, matters involving state and federal healthcare programs (e.g., Medicare, Medicaid, 340B), and fraud and abuse laws (e.g., Anti-Kickback Statute and False Claims Act).
  • Experience handling litigation within the pharmaceutical or other highly regulated industry.
  • Demonstrated leadership and effectiveness in working with senior leadership.
  • Good judgment and meticulous attention to detail.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with an ability to influence others.
  • Demonstrated ability to appropriately handle highly confidential information.
  • Demonstrated dedication to expand knowledge and adapt to a changing environment.

Additional Information:

Lilly currently anticipates that the base salary for this position could range from between $168,000 – $246,400 and will depend, in part, on the successful candidate’s qualifications for the role, including education and experience. Full-time equivalent employees also will be eligible for a company bonus (depending, in part, on company and individual performance). In addition, Lilly offers a comprehensive benefit program to eligible employees, including eligibility to participate in a company-sponsored 401(k); pension; vacation benefits; eligibility for medical, dental, vision and prescription drug benefits; flexible benefits (e.g., healthcare and/or dependent day care flexible spending accounts); life insurance and death benefits; certain time off and leave of absence benefits; and well-being benefits (e.g., employee assistance program, fitness benefits, and employee clubs and activities).Of course, the compensation described above is subject to change and could be higher or lower than the range described above. Further, Lilly reserves the right to amend, modify, or terminate its compensation and benefit programs in its sole discretion and Lilly’s compensation practices and guidelines will apply regarding the details of any promotion or transfer of Lilly employees.

Eli Lilly and Company, Lilly USA, LLC and our wholly owned subsidiaries (collectively “Lilly”) are committed to help individuals with disabilities to participate in the workforce and ensure equal opportunity to compete for jobs. If you require an accommodation to submit a resume for positions at Lilly, please email Lilly Human Resources ( ) for further assistance. Please note This email address is intended for use only to request an accommodation as part of the application process. Any other correspondence will not receive a response.

Lilly is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.

Our employee resource groups (ERGs) offer strong support networks for their members and help our company develop talented individuals for future leadership roles. Our current groups include: Africa, Middle East, Central Asia Network, African American Network, Chinese Culture Network, Early Career Professionals, Japanese International Leadership Network (JILN), Lilly India Network, Organization of Latinos at Lilly, PRIDE (LGBTQ + Allies), Veterans Leadership Network, Women’s Network, Working and Living with Disabilities. Learn more about all of our groups.



Science has been our calling from the beginning. Colonel Eli Lilly founded the company in 1876 and charged employees to “take what you find here and make it better and better.” More than 147 years later, we remain committed to his vision through every aspect of our business and the people we serve, starting with discovering the best treatments for those who take our medicines and extending to health care professionals, employees and the communities in which we live. Moreover, you can also count on the team at Lilly to be incredibly civic-minded, supporting our communities through philanthropy, volunteerism, and a creative and innovative can-do spirit. 

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