Abbott Commercial Paralegal in Lake Forest, 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.

Core Job Responsibilities

Provides legal services and resolves legal matters for assigned responsibilities or clients. The Paralegal Position is the mid-level position for paralegals in Abbott’s Legal Division. The Commercial Paralegal:

  • Provides paralegal support to Commercial Attorneys in Abbott Rapid Diagnostics (ADx)

  • Performs substantive legal work that requires knowledge of legal concepts, contract terminology, and identifies basic legal issues related to assigned matter, for example drafting and responding to routine contract matters.

  • Resolves routine legal matters in area of responsibility with direct supervision from more experienced paralegals, paralegal supervisor and/or attorneys.

  • Assists attorneys in resolving legal issues on projects involving multiple disciplines within the Legal Division and/or multiple functional areas or divisions within Abbott.

  • Represents Legal Division internally to clients, serving as direct point of contact for ARDx legal group.

  • Interface with internal clients in preparing commercial agreements such as relating to contracts & pricing, professional service agreements, non-disclosure agreements, and material transfer agreements.

  • Support attorneys on more complex legal agreements, assembling exhibits and schedules, coordinating input from other stakeholders, and conducting document/version comparison.

  • Maintains an Agreement log, tracking status and actions

  • Help maintain all agreements in document management system for permanent record.

  • Maintain templates in document management system and help prepare updates to templates.

  • Provides assistance for cross-Business Units project work.

  • Serves on committees as needed in the legal division.

Supervisory/ Management Responsibility

  • May direct assigned support staff in their responsibilities.

  • May participate in training of other paralegals

  • Reports to an attorney.

Position Accountability & Scope

  • Advises legal department managers of project developments in a timely manner

  • Executes core job responsibilities in a timely manner

  • Assigned matters typically have a significant impact on business activities and operations

  • Interacts across all levels of management

  • No direct department budget responsibility

Minimum Education

Bachelor’s Degree and/or relevant legal education (Paralegal certificate)

Minimum Experience/ Training

  • Generally 4+ years of relevant legal experience

  • Developing proficiency in area of responsibility

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