Abbott Commercial Paralegal in Des Plaines, Illinois

At Abbott, we're committed to helping you live your best possible life through the power of health. For more than 125 years, we've brought new products and technologies to the world -- in nutrition, diagnostics, medical devices and branded generic pharmaceuticals -- that create more possibilities for more people at all stages of life. Today, 94,000 of us are working to help people live not just longer, but better, in the more than 150 countries we serve. Please note that candidates need to be eligible to work in the U.S. without Abbott sponsorship.


Core Job Responsibilities

Provides legal services and resolves legal matters for assigned responsibilities or clients. The Paralegal

Position is the mid-level position for paralegals in Abbott’s Legal Division. The Commercial Paralegal will:

  • Provides paralegal support to one Commercial Attorney and one Patent Attorney in Abbott Molecular

  • Performs substantive legal work that requires knowledge of legal concepts, contract terminology, and identifies basic legal issues related to assigned matter, for example drafting and responding to routine contract matters.

  • Resolves routine legal matters in area of responsibility with direct supervision from more experienced paralegals, paralegal supervisor and/or attorneys.

  • Assists more experienced paralegals and/or attorneys in resolving legal issues on projects involving multiple disciplines within the Legal Division and/or multiple functional areas or divisions within Abbott.

  • Represents Legal Division internally to clients, serving as direct point of contact for AMD legal group.

  • Interface with internal clients in preparing commercial agreements such as relating to contracts & pricing, professional service agreements, non-disclosure agreements, and material transfer agreements.

  • Support attorneys on more complex legal agreements, assembling exhibits and schedules, coordinating input from other stakeholders, and conducting document/version comparison.

  • Maintains an Agreement log, tracking status and actions

  • Help maintain all agreements in document management system for permanent record.

  • Maintain templates in document management system and help prepare updates to templates.

  • Provides assistance for project work, such as preparation of playbook for client use.

  • Serves on committees as needed in the legal division.

Supervisory/ Management Responsibility

  • May direct assigned support staff in their responsibilities.

  • May participate in training of other paralegals

  • Typically reports to Paralegal Supervisor or an attorney.

Position Accountability & Scope

  • Advises legal department managers of project developments in a timely manner

  • Executes core job responsibilities in a timely manner

  • Assigned matters typically have a significant impact on business activities and operations

  • Interacts across all levels of management

  • No direct department budget responsibility

Minimum Education

Bachelor’s Degree and/or relevant legal education (Paralegal certificate)

Minimum Experience/ Training

  • Generally 2 - 4 years of relevant legal experience

  • Developing proficiency in area of responsibility


Operations & Business Support


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United States > Des Plaines : 1350 East Touhy Avenue









Continuous sitting for prolonged periods (more than 2 consecutive hours in an 8 hour day), Keyboard use (greater or equal to 50% of the workday)

Abbott is an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities/Women/Individuals with Disabilities/Protected Veterans.

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Abbott is about the power of health. For more than 125 years, Abbott has been helping people reach their potential — because better health allows people and communities to achieve more. With a diverse, global network serving customers in more than 150 countries, we create new solutions — across the spectrum of health, around the world, for all stages of life. Whether it’s next-generation diagnostics, life-changing devices, science-based nutrition, or novel reformulations, we are advancing some of the most innovative and revolutionary technologies in healthcare, helping people live their best lives through better health.

The people of Abbott come to work each day with relentless energy, enthusiasm and a promise to enhance the health and well-being of millions of people. They push the boundaries to help manage and treat some of life’s greatest health challenges.

We invite you to explore opportunities at Abbott , to see if your talents and career aspirations may fit with our openings. An equal opportunity employer, Abbott welcomes and encourages diversity in our workforce.

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