Abbott Senior Paralegal in Lake Forest, Illinois

Abbott is a global healthcare leader that helps people live more fully at all stages of life. Our portfolio of life-changing technologies spans the spectrum of healthcare, with leading businesses and products in diagnostics, medical devices, nutritionals and branded generic medicines. Our 103,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries.

The Senior Paralegal is a strong individual contributor to the Abbott Rapid Diagnostics Commercial legal department providing commercial legal support to all the business units, having the potential to substantially impact the Company’s business operations.

  • Drafting, negotiating and contract management of a variety of technology and other transactional agreements, including professional services and consulting agreements, software development agreements, software license and support agreements, software-as-a-service and cloud related agreements, master services agreements, statements of work, non-disclosure agreements, amendments, etc

  • Assisting attorneys with the creation of contract templates

  • Independently identifies problems, performs analysis and proposes solutions to an attorney;

  • Possesses sound knowledge of Abbott’s businesses supported and knowledge of the broader business impact;

  • Represents Legal Division internally to clients; and

  • Reviews invoices associated with payment for services, ensuring costs are reasonable, in scope of work performed and meet outside counsel billing guidelines.


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

  • Support attorneys on more complex legal agreements, assembling exhibits and schedules, coordinating input from other stakeholders

  • Help maintain all agreements in document management system

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

  • Support the preparation of presentations on various topics

Supervisory / Management Responsibility

  • Coaches and directs assigned support staff (may include junior paralegals and legal assistants) in their responsibilities

  • Serves as role model for Paralegals and Legal Assistants

  • Assists in selecting and recruiting staff members

  • Typically reports to Paralegal Supervisor or an attorney

Position Accountability/ Scope

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

  • Executes core job responsibilities in a timely manner

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

  • Interacts across all levels of management

  • No direct department budget responsibility; must however operate within budget. Develops estimates for outside counsel fees for assigned legal matters with supervision from more experienced paralegals and/or attorneys

  • Demonstrates strong leadership competencies, considered as a potential successor to the Paralegal Supervisor

  • Uses discretion and independent judgment

Minimum Education

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

Experience/ Training Required

  • Generally 4 – 7 years of relevant experience

  • Proficient in area of responsibility

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Abbot welcomes and encourages diversity in our workforce.

We provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities.

To request accommodation, please call 224-667-4913 or email