Position overview:


Responsible for providing
employment and labor law legal counseling and advice to AbbVie’s research-based
pharmaceutical business.  This position
supports the entirety of AbbVie and will work closely with senior leaders in
the Legal Division, Human Resources among other areas.  The position reports to the Division Counsel,
Litigation & Compliance, Employment, Labor and immigration.  Based on experience level, this position can
be filled as a Sr. Counsel or Counsel. 

Core Job Responsibilities: 

  • Represent
    AbbVie in response to threatened claims, and before government agencies in
    employment discrimination and wage claims.

  • Provide
    legal counsel to clients regarding all employment and labor law issues,
    including non-competes and trade secrets. 

  • Counsel leadership on all
    aspects of daily employment-related issues, including  hiring and
    termination, accommodations, leaves of absence, discrimination, harassment
    and retaliation, wage and hour, and investigations 

  • Serve as primary legal
    liaison to Human Resources and provide support on employment and labor matters
    in the U.S. and globally
  • Provide
    employment and labor law support on corporate transactions, restructures,
    policies, and other employee-related matters.  
  • Partner and liaise with outside counsel on legal matters,
    litigation, and manages relevant external consultants.

  • Support
    corporate compliance initiatives and HR projects.   

  • Provide
    project direction and supervision of outside counsel on domestic and
    international matters.

  • Support HR in
    development of affirmative action plans and goals, and compliance audits.

  • Develop and
    conduct employment-related training.

  • JD degree and
    appropriate licensure to practice law in Illinois.

  • Strong
    understanding of federal, state and local employment and labor laws.

  • Significant
    experience representing clients in government agencies, drafting and
    negotiating agreements, drafting policies, and employment

  • Minimum of 6+
    years of practice.  Employment/labor law experience required.   

  • Knowledge of
    pharmaceutical industry and in-house experience strongly preferred.

Additional Information
  • Significant Work Activities and Conditions: N/A
  • Travel: No
  • Job Type: Experienced
  • Schedule: Full-time

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