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Senior Counsel, LCI and WWDA

New Brunswick, New Jersey; Cambridge, Massachusetts
Corporate Law

Job Description

Requisition ID: 4342190910

The Johnson & Johnson Innovation Legal Team is recruiting for a Senior Counsel, LCI and WWDA to be based in New Brunswick, NJ or Cambridge, MA.  This position will primarily support the Lung Cancer Initiative (LCI) and World Without Disease Accelerator (WWDA), and on a secondary basis, assist with other strategic transactions supported by the legal team of Johnson & Johnson Global External Innovation (the subgroups of which are defined below).   


At Johnson & Johnson, we believe good health is the foundation of vibrant lives, thriving communities and forward progress.  That’s why for more than 130 years, we have aimed to keep people well at every age and every stage of life.  As the world’s largest and most broadly-based healthcare company, we are committed to using our reach and size for good.  We strive to improve access and affordability, create healthier communities, and to put a healthy mind, body and environment within reach of everyone, everywhere.  Every day, our more than 140,000 employees across the world are blending heart, science and ingenuity to profoundly change the trajectory of health for humanity.


We are looking for talented people who share our vision for caring for the world, one person at a time, to join our team.  Together, we can make a difference when committed individuals bring together their resources and their resolve. 


Thriving on a diverse company culture, celebrating the uniqueness of our employees and committed to inclusion.  Proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

While this position is for an attorney within the Johnson & Johnson Law Department, he/she will primarily support the legal needs of the LCI and WWDA organizations of Johnson & Johnson.  For several years, Johnson & Johnson has been developing a long-term healthcare strategy based on the goal of preventing, detecting, intercepting and curing various diseases including lung cancer.  The LCI is a business unit sitting within Johnson & Johnson External Innovation, charged with carrying out that strategy with a primary focus on creating solutions that eliminate lung cancer through early detection, prevention, interception and cure.  To do this, the LCI is strengthening existing capabilities and building new ones to support this future healthcare paradigm of prevention and interception of lung cancer. 


The LCI works closely with the WWDA which similarly has a vision of a world without disease through prevention, detection, interception and cure of disease.  WWDA works to identify innovation in life sciences wherever it originates in the world, then leverages relevant capabilities and competencies to build strategic alliances and seed transformative growth opportunities through regional incubators and venture capital investments.  


This position will be a member of the Global External Innovation Legal Team and in addition to providing support for LCI and WWDA, the successful applicant may be asked to work from time to time on external collaborations and projects initiated by the various business groups of Johnson & Johnson.  The Senior Counsel, LCI and WWDA will report to Vice President Law, Johnson & Johnson Innovation.


Candidate Profile:


Qualified applicants are expected to be an experienced transactional lawyer and a trusted business advisor who possesses the ability to negotiate and draft various strategic and commercial contracts and is comfortable advising executives of LCI and WWDA on critical strategic and legal decisions to be made with regard to their respective businesses. 


Responsibilities include facilitating the drafting of sponsored research, early stage product/patent licensing, and option agreements; managing IP due diligence, including freedom-to-operate and exclusivity reviews, the primary responsibility for which will reside within the Law Department’s functional specialist groups; and managing relationships with external firms, partners and/or outside counsel.   As a trusted business advisor, the candidate would be expected to participate in leadership team meetings and counsel leaders and train their teams on legal and business issues.  The exact nature of the roles to be played by the candidate in conjunction with these activities will depend to a large extent on the individual’s qualifications and experience, and the circumstances of any matter.  Finally, the candidate must have outstanding people skills generally and can work well with another senior business attorney supporting WWDA. 

  • A law degree and admission to, and good standing with, an international bar is required.
  • An advanced degree in the medical sciences, biology, chemistry or physics is an asset. 
  • A minimum of ten (10) years of law firm or corporate law department experience is required.
  • Significant transactional legal experience is required.
  • Prior experience with patent licensing work and a familiarity with university technology transfer contracts, sponsored research agreements, licensing and option agreements with start-up companies, and/or other similarly relevant technology-related transactions is an asset.
  • Experience as a senior in-house lawyer at a multinational life science company or biotech is an asset.
  • Must be a self-starter, have strong drafting and negotiation skills, an ability to support several different transactions at the same time, a positive attitude, high emotional intelligence and the ability to work in a highly matrixed but rewarding business environment to effectively partner across legal and other functional areas, such as healthcare compliance and regulatory affairs.
  • Must have the ability to act both as a board attorney and a transactional attorney, familiar with early stage IP and product licensing, university technology transfer contracts, university-based sponsored research agreements, startup company transactions and/or other similarly relevant technology-related transactions.
  • This position can be based in New Brunswick, NJ or Cambridge, MA.
  • Up to approximately 10% domestic and international travel may be required.

Primary Location
United States-New Jersey-New Brunswick-
Other Locations
North America-United States-Massachusetts-Cambridge
Johnson & Johnson (6067)
Job Function
Corporate Law
Requisition ID