Litigation Senior Counsel

  • Genentech
  • South San Francisco, CA
  • Aug 18, 2021
Full time Legal

Job Description

Job ID: 202108-123191

Position Scope and Key Responsibilities:

The Position

Seeking a Senior Litigation Attorney with experience in managing complex litigations and other adversarial proceedings in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, or related life science industry.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Managing an active and varied caseload of litigations, appeals, and other adversarial proceedings, likely to include commercial contract disputes, patent litigations, product liability cases, and/or state and federal government regulatory actions/investigations;
  • Advising on complex substantive and procedural legal issues arising during the course of such matters;
  • Providing advice and risk analysis to business clients and legal department colleagues on a range of pre-litigation issues;
  • Managing outside counsel on complex and high-stakes matters or projects;
  • Developing strategies to avoid or resolve regional, national and international disputes, including negotiating license agreements and settlements;
  • Counseling on multi-jurisdictional litigations or other proceedings, including coordinating with counterparts in US and around the world;
  • Partnering with representatives of other groups and departments on litigations and investigations;
  • Serving as a thought leader for the litigation group in one or more substantive areas;
  • Contributing to cross-functional or departmental projects and teams;
  • Mentoring and supervising junior attorneys, paralegals, contract associates or others on litigation projects;
  • Working effectively in teams and with a cross-section of stakeholders within the organization;
  • The successful candidate must also be able to work closely and independently with internal domestic/international research & development, commercial, manufacturing, partnering, finance and tax units, among other business units.

Who You Are

Ideal Experience/Education:

  • J.D. with Bar admission and 8+ years’ experience, with extensive experience in directly managing complex adversarial matters in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology or related life science industry
  • Substantive expertise in one or more of the following areas preferred: government investigations/False Claims Act, antitrust, product liability, or patent litigation
  • Experience being part of a trial team preferred
  • Must be admitted to a State bar or the District of Columbia bar. Excellent academic credentials required
  • A degree (undergraduate or graduate) in a biological science or chemistry is a plus, but is not required for this position

Critical Competencies:

Strategic Litigation Expert:

  • Demonstrated experience in resolving challenging legal issues and proven ability to deliver sound, clear, practical legal advice in a business setting
  • Superior negotiation skills

Influential Communicator:

  • Excellent judgment and interpersonal skills
  • Outstanding writing and communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Superior client-relations skills

Adaptive and Results-Oriented Performer:

  • Ability to multi-task with ease
  • Ability to work both in a team and independently
  • Ability to prioritize and work with agility
  • Aptitude and interest to learn the scientific/technical side of the business

Travel: Ability to travel worldwide in conjunction with managing and resolving disputes