Senior Counsel - Securities and Governance

Abbott   •  

Abbott Park, IL

5 - 7 years

Posted 247 days ago

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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 responsibilitiessupport 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.