The Senior Corporate Counsel manages all litigation matters involving Merz North America and its U.S. and Canadian affiliates (pharmaceutical/medical device companies), including employment, intellectual property, complex commercial and product liability lawsuits. Additionally, the position will counsel Executive Management, Human Resources and Medical Affairs regarding risk mitigation pertaining to a broad scope of business activities associated with potential litigation. The role requires active management of, and related functional leadership associated with (a) internal clients in relation to continuous collaboration, education, risk management and expectation-setting, (b) external counsel in relation to time and work product and (c) legal team members, all of whom counsel on risk related issues.
Actively manages outside counsel with respect to litigation strategy, legal spend/budget, settlement negotiations, responses to discovery and related tasks in connection with all litigation matters involving Merz North America, Inc. and Ulthera, Inc. as well as their North American affiliates, including, employment, patent/intellectual property, complex commercial and product liability lawsuits.
Human Resources/Compliance Advisor
Provides legal advice and counsel regarding state and federal employment laws; collaborates with Human Resources regarding employee hiring, restructure, termination, discipline, harassment, health and safety and other human capital related issues; assists and advises compliance team with internal compliance issues and employee relations investigations.
Advises Executive Management regarding risk mitigation pertaining to business and marketing activities, litigation matters, and special projects/events. Collaborates with commercial, corporate communications and the medical affairs teams regarding communications with customers and media as it pertains to existing or potential litigation and the associated risk to the business.
Product Promotional Review
Serves as the legal representative on promotional review committee for devices or other products, as requested by the General Counsel.
Graduate from an American Bar Association approved law school; licensed to practice law in any State in good standing.
Minimum of eight years overall legal experience in law firm or corporate legal department setting with emphasis on litigation of product liability, intellectual property, commercial and employment related disputes;
Minimum of three of years’ experience in a corporate legal department setting within a pharmaceutical or medical device company.
Significant litigation and/or litigation management experience necessary, to include employment litigation, intellectual property, and pharmaceutical or medical device/product liability litigation.
Excellent academic credentials.Knowledge of applicable state and federal laws and regulations governing employment law, particularly Title VII, FMLA, ADA, FLSA and ADEA.
Ability to think creatively in a heavily regulated environment and handle multiple complex matters.
Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to work cooperatively in an organization and with Executive Management.
About Merz North America, Inc.
Merz North America is a specialty healthcare company that develops and commercializes innovative, high-quality treatment solutions in aesthetics, dermatology and neurosciences in the U.S. and Canada. As part of the Merz Pharma Group of companies, our ambition is to become the most admired, trusted and innovative aesthetics and neurotoxin company. By developing products that improve patients’ health and help them to live better, feel better and look better, we will continue to make significant contributions to the well-being of individuals around the world. Founded in 1908, Merz Pharma Group is a privately-owned company headquartered in Frankfurt, Germany. For more information about Merz and the Company’s U.S. product portfolio, please visit www.merzusa.com.