Posted Jan 06

Counsel/Senior Counsel, Employee Benefits

AbbVie Inc.
Lake County, IL Full Time


The employee benefits attorney will report to the Vice President, Legal – Securities & Benefits and Legal Operations, and support the AbbVie Total Rewards programs in partnership with colleagues from several functional areas to ensure compliance with IRS, DOL, SEC and other applicable laws and regulations. Target candidates for this position will have experience with qualified retirement plans, health and welfare benefits and executive compensation arrangements. Excellent communication skills, strong academic credentials and a team-oriented approach are required.


Draft, review and revise plan documents and amendments, trust agreements, summary plan descriptions and employee communications and disclosures

Interpret laws and plan documents governing the Total Rewards programs and advise Total Rewards colleagues on plan design and operational matters

Draft, review, revise, and interpret vendor agreements for service providers supporting benefit plans

Support benefit plan governance and fiduciary matters, such as advising on benefit claims and appeals, assisting with committee operations and monitoring legal developments involving plan investments and other topics

Assist with proxy statement drafting and compensation data collection


Juris Doctorate degree and admitted to practice in the United States

3 or more years of employee benefits legal experience

Solid knowledge of qualified and non-qualified defined contribution plans and health and welfare benefit plans; defined benefit pension experience would be a plus

Fundamental understanding of ERISA and Internal Revenue Code requirements applicable to employee benefit plans

Experience advising and representing plan sponsors and fiduciaries in employee benefit matters

Excellent written and oral communication, interpersonal and organizational skills

Strong project and time management skills

Ability to balance multiple projects simultaneously and to reprioritize on short notice

Willingness to learn and assist with securities compliance and corporate governance matters

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