Abbott Counsel - Labor and Employment Counseling and Litigation in Abbott Park, Illinois

At Abbott, we're committed to helping people live their best possible life through the power of health. For more than 125 years, we've brought new products and technologies to the world -- in nutrition, diagnostics, medical devices and branded generic pharmaceuticals -- that create more possibilities for more people at all stages of life. Today, 99,000 of us are working to help people live not just longer, but better, in the more than 150 countries we serve.

Primary Job Function

This position is responsible for providing employment and labor law counseling to Abbott’s diverse global businesses, representing Abbott in employment and labor law administrative matters, and leading complex employment litigation matters on a global basis.

Candidates with experience managing others and/or leading teams in labor and employment law matters are preferred.

Core Job Responsibilities:

  • Represent Abbott before government/administrative agencies in discrimination, wage and other employment claims, and in response to threatened claims

  • Provide legal counsel to management regarding all employment and labor law issues, including restrictive covenants

  • Provide employment and labor law support on merger and acquisition agreements, due diligence, integration and other business restructuring projects.

  • Support corporate compliance initiatives

  • Provide project direction and supervision of outside counsel on domestic and international matters

  • Resolve legal labor and employment issues using negotiation skills and legal expertise

  • Develop successful employment litigation strategies

  • Supervise and direct outside counsel in execution of strategies in employment litigation and with provide creative approaches to dispute resolution

  • Coach and direct assigned support staff in their responsibilities

Position Accountability/Scope:

  • Position reports to Division Counsel, Litigation, responsible for Labor and Employment

  • Position will interact with senior management in Abbott Legal, Human Resources and the business units

Minimum Education

Candidates must possess a JD degree and have or be able to obtain appropriate licensure to practice law in Illinois.

Minimum Experience

  • Minimum of 5-7 years of management-side labor and employment law counseling and litigation practice (at least 3 with a reputable law firm).

  • In-house experience preferred.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Abbot welcomes and encourages diversity in our workforce.

We provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities.

To request accommodation, please call 224-667-4913 or email