Abbott Division Counsel in Santa Clara, California

At Abbott, we're committed to helping people live their 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, 99,000 of us are working to help people live not just longer, but better, in the more than 150 countries we serve.

Over the past few years, Abbott has undertaken a dynamic transformation spanning its innovative products to its technology infrastructure. With leading devices like FreeStyle Libre, Xience Sierra and CardioMEMS, among others, Abbott and the patients we serve live in an increasingly advanced world. Moreover, Abbott’s strategic acquisitions in 2017 of St. Jude Medical and Alere have amplified the breadth and complexity of its commercial business.

Abbott Legal:

Who We Are: We are legal experts who support and help advance the interests of Abbott’s global businesses. As a part of the Abbott Legal Division, we have an opportunity to work for a life-changing medical technology company. We provide thorough and reasoned advice, and engage as business leaders to solve problems for the company as well as the customers and patients we serve.

What We Offer: With Abbott’s proud heritage of developing and delivering life-changing technology and products, and commitment to doing business the right way, a position in Abbott Legal provides an opportunity to engage in meaningful and challenging work on a global scale. As our company grows and evolves, so can our roles and experiences.

How We Work: We expect and encourage our employees to be holistic thinkers and to collaborate so we can get to the best solutions. We value diversity of backgrounds and experiences. We expect our team members to consider both internal and external factors and impact when providing advice and making decisions. We strive to find creative ways to address business challenges, and are committed to leading and shaping the environment in which Abbott operates.

Primary Job Scope:

This Division Counsel will lead commercial legal activity for Abbott's structural heart business. He or she will provide legal services and resolves legal matters for assigned responsibilities or clients. This individual will support the business in the achievement of business objectives by rendering sound legal advice and managing legal risks to the corporation.

  • Identifies highly complex legal issues related to assigned matter; develops alternative solutions, and implements resolution.

  • Resolves complex to highly complex legal matters in practice area independently.

  • Leads cross-functional projects.

  • Possesses in-depth knowledge of Abbott’s businesses supported and knowledge of the broader business impact.

  • Keeps abreast of changes in laws that affect client areas.

  • Regularly negotiates independently with customers, suppliers or government agencies on matters of strategic importance that affect a substantial portion of Abbott’s business or areas of significant importance to senior management.

  • Selects and directs the work of outside counsel, defines project objectives and manages project.

  • Identifies unmet needs and future legal issues and proactively proposes strategies to optimize outcomes and results for the company.

  • Mentors, coaches and directs assigned attorneys and support staff; serves as a role model and as a champion of the legal department through work ethic, attitude, interpersonal skills and successful results.

  • May have attorney and support staff direct reports with people management responsibility (performance, pay increases, development, etc), but not required.

  • Plays a key role in selecting, recruiting and developing attorneys and support staff. Provides input into attorney performance evaluations, merit increases and developmental planning and assignments.

  • Reports to Associate General Counsel.

Position Accountability:

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

  • Executes core job responsibilities in a timely manner.

  • Assigned matters have significant impact to Abbott overall.

  • Advises Managers, Directors, Division Vice Presidents and Officers. Recognized by these clients as both expert in substantive area and relied upon for individual advice.

  • May have direct budget responsibility and manages significant budget issues. Develops and manages budgets for assigned legal matters.

  • Serves as a recognized resource for both management and other attorneys on innovative ideas in highly complex areas of the law.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree

  • J.D. degree

  • 10+ years of substantive experience in relevant field(s)

  • Expert in practice area

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated ability to be an effective leader within a legal department, with a focus on developing talent

  • Ability to build collaborative relationships with leaders and co-workers at all levels

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