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Paralegal, Commercial Litigation

Company: Abbott Laboratories
Location: North Chicago
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Abbott is a global healthcare leader that helps people live more fully at all stages of life. Our portfolio of life-changing technologies spans the spectrum of healthcare, with leading businesses and products in diagnostics, medical devices, nutritionals, and branded generic medicines. Our 109,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries.

Our location in Abbott Park, IL currently has an opportunity for a Commercial Litigation Paralegal. The Paralegal is a strong individual contributor to the Litigation department working towards successful resolution of commercial litigation matters, having the potential to substantially impact the Company's business operations.


* Assists attorneys to resolve routine and moderately complex to complex legal matters that involve various functional areas or divisions within Abbott with minimal supervision;

* Independently identifies problems, performs analysis and proposes solutions to a more experienced paralegal or attorney;

* Possesses solid knowledge of Abbott's businesses supported and knowledge of the broader business impact;

* Represents Legal Division internally to clients; and

* Reviews invoices associated with payment for services, ensuring costs are reasonable, in scope of work performed and meet outside counsel billing guidelines.

* Independently manages discovery for commercial litigation matters, having a substantial impact to the Company, and performs all tasks timely: * Assists with initial fact investigation for potential and pending litigation;

* Prepares and sends out legal holds to the appropriate employees within the company and manages legal hold compliance and questionnaire responses;

* Schedules and attends witness interviews;

* Identifies relevant document and data sources, coordinates collection of company documents for discovery and other requests;

* Assists in deposition preparation of company witnesses by analyzing the information and determining relevancy; and

* Assists counsel with trial preparation.

* Responds to subpoenas and requests for information with minimal supervision, including identification, collection, review and preparation of documents for production.

* Manages outside counsel, outside paralegals and vendors and eDiscovery vendor budget for assigned matters.

* Provides support on periodic and special projects.

* Executes core job responsibilities in a timely manner.

* Assigned matters generally have a significant impact on business activities and operations.

* Interacts across all levels of management within the Company.

* No direct department budget responsibility; must however operate within budget. Develops estimates for outside counsel fees for assigned legal matters with supervision from more experienced paralegals and/or attorneys.

* Requires discretion, independent judgment and critical thinking.

* Requires strong computer, communication, writing, organizational and project management skills and ability to multitask in a demanding legal environment.

* Demonstrates strong leadership competencies.



* Bachelor's Degree and relevant legal education (Paralegal certificate)

* Generally, 2+ years of paralegal experience, including direct experience in commercial litigation.


* Intellectual property litigation experience is a plus but is not required.

* Ability to handle multiple projects in a fast-paced environment.

* Attention to detail, good judgment, and solid organization skills.



At Abbott, you can have a good job that can grow into a great career. We offer:

* Training and career development, with onboarding programs for new employees and tuition assistance

* Financial security through competitive compensation, incentives and retirement plans

* Health care and well-being programs including medical, dental, vision, wellness and occupational health programs

* Paid time off

* 401(k) retirement savings with a generous company match

* The stability of a company with a record of strong financial performance and history of being actively involved in local communities

Learn more about our benefits that add real value to your life to help you live fully: www.abbottbenefits.com

Follow your career aspirations to Abbott for diverse opportunities with a company that provides the growth and strength to build your future. Abbott is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to employee diversity.

Connect with us at www.abbott.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Abbott and on Twitter @AbbottNews and @AbbottGlobal.

Keywords: Abbott Laboratories, Waukegan , Paralegal, Commercial Litigation, Other , North Chicago, Illinois

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