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Alexion Pharmaceuticals Legal Operations and Litigation Counsel in Boston, Massachusetts

Position Summary

The Legal Operations and Litigation Counsel’s primary responsibilities are split (estimated 60/40) between (i) building and leading the legal operations activities and (ii) setting the strategy for and overseeing significant litigation matters and identifying claim and litigation trends in order to mitigate risk. The position will report to the EVP, Chief Legal Officer, operate as Chief of Staff, and serve as a member of the Global Legal Leadership Team. This individual will be responsible for developing deeper relationships with selected outside counsel, including negotiation of discounts and alternative fee arrangements, selecting and implementing legal technology, strategic planning, financial management, and developing legal data analytics and metrics or KPI’s. For major litigation matters, the Legal Operations and Litigation Counsel will be primarily responsible for overseeing major litigation matters. In addition this role will support the Chief Legal Officer with special projects, strategic initiatives and day-to-day activities of the legal department.

Job Duties & Responsibilities

One focus for this role will be to develop and lead the legal operations function to ensure that Alexion is maximizing the value created by the legal team, partnerships with outside counsel, other legal vendors, and legal technologies. This position will be responsible for overseeing designated major litigation and legal operations of the of the global legal function with accountability for the following:

  • In partnership with the Chief Legal Officer and the Legal Leadership Team, monitors spend, performance and service levels of vendors and outside counsel relationships. Develops preferred outside counsel strategy and arrangements inclusive of pricing strategy (discounts), alternative fee arrangements and related processes.

  • Develops and manages a holistic view of the work being performed in the department to ensure effective billing, budget management, financial planning, accruals, expense analysis and forecasting.

  • Develops and executes technology; administers and supports key legal department systems including the billing system and additional designated technologies, as well as the legal functiion’s internet site content. Develops and implements technology strategy and roadmap that is aligned with Alexion’s overall digital strategy.

  • Enables operational excellence by understanding all facets of the legal function and working with the Chief Legal Officer to understand and improve operational issues and processes and to partner with the Legal LT to identify solutions which increase efficiency and improve performance.

  • Works closely with Chief Legal Officer and the Legal LT in the development of goals, priorities and strategic plans.

  • Develops common metrics to measure the effectiveness of the legal function, with goals of innovation, collaboration and value creation.

  • Collaborates with other corporate functions such as finance, technology and HR regarding legal department projects and initiatives.

Supports the Chief Legal Officer in a Chief of Staff capacity. Accountable for the following:

  • Provides strategic and operational support to the Chief Legal Officer to enhance goal clarity, metrics reporting, engagement and organizational efficiency ensuring alignment of activities and key messages within the legal function and across Alexion.

  • Supports and/or represents the Chief Legal Officer in internal and external meetings, leading the compilation and/or creation of appropriate briefing materials and presentations; as well as coordinating events and team meetings.

  • As required by the Chief Legal Officer, leads and/or participates in special projects and strategic initiatives ensuring timely achievement of critical activities, key milestones and deliverables.

As required by the Chief Legal Officer, serve as lead counsel for designated major litigation matters. Accountable for the following:

  • Serves as the lead counsel overseeing external counsel with responsibility to set legal strategy on all phases of the litigation. Responsbile for cost effective discovery, review and approval of pleadings and settlement discscussions.

  • Establish best practices for early case assessment for all claims and litgation across the legal function.

  • Identifies, monitors and addresses issues of legal risk; identify litgation trends and experience with view to proactive changes to business practices or remediatiion to reduce future claims and litigaiton; may require research, analysis, and interpretation of proposed and existing laws, statutes, and regulations

  • Provides legal advice/counsel in U.S./corporate business-related litigation; may provide consultative advice on international matters

Essential Qualifications

  • J.D. and qualified litigation attorney, will have a strong academic background with at least 8 years of relevant legal experience, and at least 2 years as an in-house legal counsel; solid legal expertise within the US as well as some global experience

  • Experience in the pharmaceutical, life sciences or medical devices industries required

  • Demonstrated experience with outside counsel management in the litigation context

  • Willingess to build legal operations as a new capabaility within function; ability to work collaboratively with lawyers and non-lawyers; an understanding of change management processes and an understanding of the intersection of business and legal results; industry practices and emerging trends required.

  • Ability to work collaboratively with lawyers and non-lawyers; an understanding of change management processes; experience collaborating and negotiating with key resources and stakeholders (internally and externally), influencing decisions and managing work to achieve strategic goals required.

  • Ability to influence without authority and provide the leadership necessary to effect change.

  • Strong organizational and project management skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience overseeing government investigations preferred

  • Demonstrated experience with managing major initiatives and delivering results; vendor management expertise desirable yet not required

  • Familiarity and experience with legal technology solutions


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Some opportunities happen only once in a lifetime - like a job where you have the extraordinary opportunity to change lives. At Alexion, such opportunities arise through our unwavering mission to serve patients and families affected by rare diseases. These patients are our guiding star, and we act with integrity, urgency, and discipline because we know their lives are at stake.

Alexion is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on serving patients and families affected by rare diseases through the discovery, development and commercialization of life-changing therapies. As the global leader in complement biology and inhibition for more than 20 years, Alexion has developed and commercializes the first and only approved complement inhibitor to treat patients with paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH), atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS), and anti-acetylcholine receptor (AchR) antibody-positive generalized myasthenia gravis (gMG). Alexion also has two highly innovative enzyme replacement therapies for patients with life-threatening and ultra-rare metabolic disorders, hypophosphatasia (HPP) and lysosomal acid lipase deficiency (LAL-D). In addition, the company is developing two late-stage therapies, a second complement inhibitor and a copper-binding agent for Wilson disease. Alexion focuses its research efforts on novel molecules and targets in the complement cascade and its development efforts on the core therapeutic areas of hematology, nephrology, neurology, and metabolic disorders. Alexion has been named to the Forbes list of the World's Most Innovative Companies seven years in a row and is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts' Innovation District. The company also has offices around the globe and serves patients in more than 50 countries.

Alexion's aspiration is to be the most rewarding place to work, where people are empowered to make a difference and where diversity of backgrounds and ideas is encouraged. We are looking for talented individuals who share our passion and commitment to change the lives of patients with rare diseases. We hope you will consider joining our team. Further information about Alexion can be found at: www.alexion.com.

As a leading employer in our industry, Alexion is proud to offer a highly competitive package of base and incentive compensation as well as a comprehensive benefits program designed to support the health, wellness and financial security of our employees and their families. Benefits include group medical, vision and dental coverage, group and supplemental life insurance, 401(k) with company match, tuition reimbursement, relocation assistance and much more.