1+ months

Senior Counsel - Securities and Governance

Green Oaks, IL 60048

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.


Senior Counsel, Securities and Governance is an intermediate individual contributor position in Abbott’s Legal Division.  The successful candidate will:

  • Assist in preparation of SEC periodic reports and proxy statements
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams on a broad range of matters, including securities offerings, bank financings, and proxy statements and annual shareholder meeting matters
  • Provide legal and strategic guidance across departments and divisions, and to senior management and functional organizational leadership, on a variety of corporate and securities matters, including SEC disclosure rules and corporate governance trends and best practices
  • Assist with Board and Board Committee matters related to functional area, including preparation of Board materials
  • Support securities and financing-related aspects of business and M&A transactions
  • Anticipate and identify changes in relevant laws and regulations, and develop and implement recommended actions.
  • Help select and direct the work of outside counsel, define project objectives, and manage projects to ensure the work, strategy and costs meet Abbott’s needs and expectations
  • Develop and manage budgets for legal matters.


    Senior Counsel, Securities and Governance must be collaborative, innovative, and accountable. The successful candidate will:

    • Demonstrate expertise, sound judgment, and an understanding of how assigned responsibilities support Abbott’s broader strategy and business objectives.
    • Understand legal and business dynamics and successfully collaborate across a variety of departments and divisions.
    • Build strong relationships with business partners, based on legal expertise and consistently providing responsive, practical support.
    • Adapt quickly to changes inside and outside of Abbott, and will possess strong creative thinking and problem solving capabilities.
    • Possess strong project management skills, including meeting the demands of multiple projects, managing timelines and prioritizing effectively
    • Work independently, while identifying issues requiring elevation and the timing for doing so
    • Possess executive-level written and oral communication skills
    • Have a strong sense of ownership and accountability, demonstrating reliability and thoroughness.


      • Juris Doctor degree


        The successful candidate should have:

        • Generally 5+ years of legal experience with a major corporation or law firm.
        • Thorough knowledge of securities law, financing, and corporate governance matters.
        • Experience drafting contract provisions relating to securities and financing matters, including in mergers and acquisitions.
        • Experience working successfully in cross-functional teams
        • Management experience (of attorneys and/or paralegals), with the ability to lead and mentor
        • In addition to outstanding legal skills, must have excellent interpersonal, organizational, strategic thinking, collaboration, and communication skills.



          Company Overview

          At Abbott, we are committed to helping you live your best possible life through the power of health.  For more than 130 years, we have brought new products and technologies to the world – in nutrition, diagnostics, medical devices and branded generic pharmaceuticals.  These products create more possibilities for more people at all stages of life.  Today, 74,000 of us are working to help people live not just longer, but better in the more than 150 countries we serve.

          Who We Are:

          We are legal experts charged with driving Abbott’s businesses forward. We engage as business leaders, beyond providing legal advice, to solve problems for the company and the customers and patients we serve. 

          What we offer:

          A position in the Abbott Legal Division provides an opportunity to learn and grow.  As our company grows and evolves, so do our roles. We engage in meaningful, challenging, and interesting work on a global scale. This continual evolution provides experiences and opportunities to grow both in the depth of legal expertise as well as breadth of leadership.

          How we work:

          We value diversity of backgrounds and experiences in our teams. This is integral to our collaborative environment.  We expect and encourage our employees to be holistic thinkers and we are expected to see the big picture and impact of our advice.  

          Employer of Choice:

          Through numerous local, national and international accolades, Abbott is regarded as an employer of choice for our commitment to workplace excellence.  Our employees are given the tools to succeed, lead and grow, with challenging opportunities and work that makes a difference.  Through our diverse healthcare businesses, we connect people and potential in ways that no other company can.  Discover a world of opportunities at Abbott.
          Job Family: Operations & Business Support
          Division: GENC General Counsel
          Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time
          Medical Surveillance: No
          Significant Work Activities: Continuous sitting for prolonged periods (more than 2 consecutive hours in an 8 hour day)


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