AbbVie Counsel, Clinical R&D Legal in Lake County, Illinois

Counsel, Clinical R&D Legal

USA, Illinois, Lake County


Requisition #1803364

The Clinical R&D Legal Counsel role is responsible forproviding strategic legal counsel and contracting support for AbbVie’s global clinical research-based pharmaceuticalbusiness.

Key Job Responsibilities:

  • Provide legal counsel to clients, including senior management, in AbbVie's R&D organizationon issues impacting clinical research and development, such as informed consent, CRO arrangements, patient recruitment activities, contractarrangements with investigators and clinical research vendors, and other collaborative research relationships

  • Contribute to strategic planning with clients and colleagues to optimize the implementation of AbbVie clinical studies and other medical research activities.

  • Identify and analyze complex legal issues related to AbbVie’s clinical study programs, develop solutions and implement resolutions.

  • Negotiate, draft, and review an extensive range of clinical study-related agreements.

  • Supervise paralegal staff and contractor attorneys responsible for clinical study documentation.

  • Develop knowledge of AbbVie’s business and supported client areas. Keep abreast of changes in laws that affect client areas.

  • Resolve legal issues using negotiation skills and legal expertise. Advise legal department managers of project developments in a timely manner. Execute core job responsibilities in a timely manner

  • Help select and direct the work of outside counsel, define project objectives, manage project and budget.

  • Coordinate with AbbVie legal specialists on patent law, privacy law, and regulatory matters.

Position Accountability/Scope:

  • Position supports AbbVie’s entire global R&D organization and will interact with senior leaders in the Legal Division and R&D business, including Global Medical Affairs. The position reports to Division Counsel, Clinical R&D Legal.


  • JD/Law degree and appropriate license to practicelaw in Illinois or ability to obtain Illinois license or in-house counsellicense in Illinois.

  • Strong understanding of health care/research laws and regulations and industry guidance.

  • Experience drafting and negotiating clinical research related agreements.

  • Minimum of 5+ years of legal practice. In-house legal experience strongly preferred, working in pharmaceutical industry, CRO, or health care institution involved in clinical trials.