Director and Senior Counsel - Oncology & Innovation Unit

Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals   •  

Ridgefield, CT

Industry: Biotech/Pharma


8 - 10 years

Posted 360 days ago

  by    Kim Guerrini

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., Anti-Kickback/Fraud & Abuse, 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.

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:

  • Provides legal support for the Oncology franchise and the U.S. Research and Development organization which includes reviewing promotional materials and product labeling, anti-kickback and fraud and abuse issues, animal welfare matters and legal advice on FDA, USDA and DEA matters. 
  • 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 applylaw 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.


  • Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited law school
  • At least eight (8) to ten (10) years relevant legal experience; admission 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 take a drug test and post-offer physical (if required)
  • Must be 18years of age or older

Our Culture:

Boehringer Ingelheim is one of the world’s top 20 pharmaceutical companies and operates globally with approximately 50, employees. Since our founding in 1885, the company has remained family-owned and today we are committed to creating value through innovation in three business areas including human pharmaceuticals, animal health and biopharmaceutical contract manufacturing. Since we are privately held, we have the ability to take an innovative, long-term view.  Our focus is on scientific discoveries and the introduction of truly novel medicines that improve lives and provide valuable services and support to patients and their families. Employees are challenged to take initiative and achieve outstanding results. Ultimately, our culture and drive allows us to maintain one of the highest levels of excellence in our industry. We are also deeply committed to our communities and our employees create and engage in programs that strengthen the neighborhoods where we live and work.  Boehringer Ingelheim, including Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Boehringer Ingelheim USA, Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health USA, Inc., Merial Barceloneta, LLC and Boehringer Ingelheim Fremont, Inc. is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; creed; religion; national origin; age; ancestry; nationality; marital, domestic partnership or civil union status; sex, gender identity or expression; affectional or sexual orientation; disability; veteran or military status, including protected veteran status; domestic violence victim status; atypical cellular or blood trait; genetic information (including the refusal to submit to genetic testing) or any other characteristic protected by law.

Boehringer Ingelheim is firmly committed to ensuring a safe, healthy, productive and efficient work environment for our employees, partners and customers. As part of that commitment, Boehringer Ingelheim conducts pre-employment verifications and drug screenings.

$180K - $200K