Director & SR Counsel II or AD & Sr. Counsel - Intellectual Property Litigation

Boehringer Ingelheim  Ridgefield, CT

Posted: January 9, 2017 | Job Type: Full Time

Description:

Please note: This position can be filled at either a Director or Associate Director level based on the requirements listed in the job description along with the differentiating factors listed below.

Director - Senior Counsel II:

Provides a broad range of legal services, typically to Clients at the VP level who control business activities and below. Level of counseling provided requires broader understanding of the impact decisions may have on the overall business, as the risks associated with incomplete advice are high. Duties include drafting of legal documents and provision of legal counsel. Should have acquired knowledge of law in at least two specialized areas (e.g., patents, FDA Regulatory, commercial, litigation, etc.) critical to maintaining business operations and be very knowledgeable about the products, competitors and regulatory environment of the company's businesses. Mentors more junior attorneys in areas of expertise.

Associate Director - Senior Counsel:

Provides legal services to Clients, typically at the Executive Director level and below. Level of counseling provided requires an in depth knowledge of the business as well as recognized expertise in one area of specialty. Duties include drafting of legal documents and provision of legal counsel. In addition to one area of expertise (e.g., patents, FDA Regulatory, commercial, litigation, etc.) must have begun developing skills and acumen in an additional area of law and have a clear understanding of the business environment in which legal advice is rendered. Must utilize legal background, and strong knowledge of the business, to move the business forward by providing sound legal counsel and advice.

As an employee of Boehringer Ingelheim, you will actively contribute to the discovery, development and delivery of our products to our patients and customers. Our global presence provides opportunity for all employees to collaborate internationally, offering visibility and opportunity to directly contribute to the companies' success. We realize that our strength and competitive advantage lie with our people. We support our employees in a number of ways to foster a healthy working environment, meaningful work, diversity and inclusion, mobility, networking and work-life balance. Our competitive compensation and benefit programs reflect Boehringer Ingelheim's high regard for our employees.

Duties & Responsibilities for both Director and Associate Director levels:

Prepares complex legal documents, including letters, notices, legal opinions, contracts, patent or trademark applications, court/administrative filings, licenses, corporate documents, etc. Often supervises more junior attorneys in the drafting of such documents.

Provides support to legal department cost optimization efforts.

Expert understanding of state and federal laws, regulations and policies in several specialized legal areas; strong working knowledge of laws, regulations and policies in at least one other specialized legal area; ability to interpret and apply such laws, regulations and policies to inform business activities. Has ability to apply law from several areas to complex business situations. Specialized legal areas within an attorney’s expertise may include: Intellectual Property, Regulatory, Trade, Compliance, Contracting, Environmental, Employment, Litigation and/or Antitrust.

Influences clients by identifying and communicating to clients risks associated with complex business activities within lawyer's broad understanding of several specialized legal areas, which specialized legal areas may include: Intellectual Property, Regulatory, Trade, Compliance, Contracting, Environmental, Employment, Litigation and/or Antitrust; helps identify risks in areas outside lawyer's specialized legal area and provides value-added corporate law insight to evaluate risks effectively; provides training and business advice to clients on applicable legal issues within lawyer’s broad legal expertise.

Partners with clients by considering immediate business/legal issues in a broader business context and identifying broader business purposes and objectives; proactively applies broad legal expertise to address both the specific business activity and influence the broader business purposes and objectives; developing alternative fact hypotheticals and legal solutions to clarify options and enable the achievement of successful business outcomes.

Expected by business management to take the lead in negotiating on behalf of client to achieve solutions that attain business objectives.

Confers with other in-house and outside counsel where appropriate. Also advises, partners with or engages in-house or outside counsel where appropriate.

Manages (either directly or indirectly) administrative assistants, paralegals and other personnel within department. May manage more junior attorneys. Mentors and/or trains more junior attorneys, paralegals, administrative assistants and/or other personnel within department. Takes on other departmental administrative responsibilities within the legal department consistent with the objectives of the legal department.

Strong knowledge of national business environment in which client competes. Keeps current with evolving legal and business issues within lawyer’s broad expertise, promotes corporate policies and proactively monitors client’s business environment.

Requirements:

Director - Senior Counsel II Requirements:

Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited law school; at least 8 to 10 years relevant legal experience in intellectual property litigation, including but not limited to biopharmaceutical and pharmaceutical patent litigation, client counseling regarding patents, and proceedings before the United States Patent and Trademark Office; admission to the United States Patent and Trademark Office and to at least one State bar.

Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Excellent organizational skills; demonstrates discretion and ability to maintain confidentiality of information.

Associate Director - Senior Counsel Requirements:

Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited law school; at least 6 to 8 years legal experience in intellectual property litigation, including but not limited to biopharmaceutical and pharmaceutical patent litigation, client counseling regarding patents, and proceedings before the United States Patent and Trademark Office; admission to the United States Patent and Trademark Office and to at least one State bar.

Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Excellent organizational skills; demonstrates discretion and ability to maintain confidentiality of information.

Eligibility Requirements:

Must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction.

Must be willing to submit to a background investigation, including verification of your past employment, criminal history, and educational background.

Must be willing to take a drug test and post-offer physical (if required).

Must be 18 years of age or older.

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