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Corporate Counsel, Litigation

Req #: 1800479
Location: Summit, NJ US
Job Category: Legal
Work Location: 86 Morris Avenue CELSUM 07901
Organization: Celgene Corporation
Schedule: 40
Employee Status: Full time
Job Type: Regular
Job Level:
Other Locations:US- NJ- Summit East


Celgene is a global biopharmaceutical company leading the way in medical innovation to help patients live longer, better lives. Our purpose as a company is to discover and develop therapies that will change the course of human health.  We value our passion for patients, ​quest for innovation, spirit of independence and love of challenge. With a presence in more than 70 countries, and growing - we look for talented people to grow our business, advance our science and contribute to our unique culture.

The Counsel, Litigation is responsible for managing investigations related to internal compliance, pre-litigation, litigation and other types of corporate matters.  In addition, Counsel will assist in responding to government inquiries, subpoenas and in the management of general litigation. This position reports to the Senior Corporate Counsel, Litigation. The ideal candidate will have government and private practice experience, experience managing eDiscovery, and strong interpersonal skills.  Must be able to work with limited day-to-day supervision and be able to make decisions independently when necessary, all while maintaining confidentiality. 

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Managing internal compliance, pre-litigation, litigation and other types of investigations to include an investigation plan particular to each concern; Performing initial review of issues and determining specific course of actions including relevant contacts and appropriate approaches to conduct the investigation; Conducting fact finding and interviews to reach findings with respect to the substantiation of the complaint; Preparing investigation reports, summaries and action plans that are thorough, timely and well-written; Maintaining confidential information; Performing critical thinking, detailed analysis of information and leading through difficult situations; Maintaining accurate records relating to investigations that are conducted by Counsel; Managing and directing responses to government inquiries, subpoenas and general requests for documents; and Assisting in the management of general litigation, including, but not limited to, responses to litigation discovery, overseeing eDiscovery, and witness preparation.

Skills/Knowledge Required:

  • JD degree with a strong academic record
  • Minimum of 4 years of legal experience with emphasis on internal investigations, pharmaceutical litigation and/or ethics & compliance
  • Substantial experience in conducting investigations is required; experience as an Assistant U.S. Attorney or equivalent is highly desirable
  • Experience in conducting and managing document reviews and eDiscovery
  • Excellent organizational and analytical skills and a demonstrated record of cross-functional collaboration
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise independent judgment
  • Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills, including the ability to deliver crisp, clear and concise executive presentations
  • Demonstrated ability to inspire trust and confidence through effective communication and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated ability to be proactive and manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Demonstrated ability to focus on critical priorities with little or no supervision
  • Strong work ethic and ability to produce high quality work under deadline pressure
  • Professional presence and the ability to interact effectively with executive management
  • Ability to manage and handle sensitive and confidential business information 
  • Strong PC and Microsoft Office (especially Excel and PowerPoint) ability is required 


  • J.D. and at least 4 years of relevant experience; 6+ years preferred.
  • Government experience preferred
  • Must provide a writing sample


Celgene is committed to equal opportunity in the terms and conditions of employment for all employees and job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or gender expression, national origin, disability or veteran status. Celgene complies with all applicable national, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment as well as employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act. All applicants must have authorization to work for Celgene in the U.S.
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