Managing Assistant General Counsel - Litigation

Facility:  Legal, Compliance and Audit

Plainsboro, NJ, US

About the Department                                                                                                                                        

The Legal department is comprised of our Legal and Patents functions. We depend on our Legal team to help drive growth and maintain the highest level of standards and practices across all of our legal efforts. It’s a tall order, which is why we only hire those who thrive on protecting the interests of our patients, employees and business, all while creating and implementing efficient and innovative solutions. As part of the team, you’ll work with employees across the organization to oversee legal matters and provide guidance on strategies that drive business and policy priorities and shape the reputation of Novo Nordisk Inc. (NNI). At Novo Nordisk, your skills, dedication and ambition will help us change lives for the better. In exchange, we’ll offer you an opportunity to work with extraordinary talent and benefit from a range of possibilities for professional and personal development. Are you ready to realize your potential?


The Position

Oversees team of attorneys and paraprofessionals and sets strategic direction for litigation matters (products liability, antitrust, competition law and commercial), product complaints, government investigations, risk mitigation/reporting and export controls compliance for Novo Nordisk Inc. (NNI). Provides strategic support for similar matters for Novo Nordisk A/S and other Novo Nordisk affiliates where applicable. This role also develops and drives execution of legal communication plans and strategy across functions/organizational lines.



Reports to the Vice President, Associate General Counsel – Litigation, Employment and Risk Management or Executive Director, Litigation, Employment and Risk Management. Key member and subject matter expert of Litigation Strategy Group. Represents Novo Nordisk and serve as point of authority with outside law firms. Ensures coordination of activities with global legal organization in Denmark and global affiliates.


Essential Functions

  • Strategically manages assigned litigation matters (products liability, antitrust, competition law and commercial), product complaints, government investigations, risk mitigation/reporting and export controls compliance, oversees associated budgets, and drives successful implementation of cost control initiatives
  • Leads and sets direction for litigation and investigation matters managed by direct reports. Oversees and actively manages professional development of direct reports, as well as other team members within reporting structure
  • Collaborates closely with other NNI legal department teams and functional support groups in providing advice and counsel to customer(s). Works closely with senior leadership from line of business in developing strategy and achieving objectives
  • Directly advises the VP, Litigation, Employment and Risk Management as well as CVP, General Counsel – Legal Affairs and other members of the NNI Legal Leadership Team on issues that have legal importance and/or risk implications
  • Helps drive legal communication plans and strategy implementation across functions/organizational lines
  • Keeps informed of new laws, regulations, and industry trends affecting the company and pharmaceutical industry, and assists with development of relevant policies and training
  • Proactively identifies current and emerging risks and mitigating actions
  • Responsible for leading or participating in risk assessments designed to identify and mitigate potential IP, competitor challenges, and litigation risks related to new product launches


Physical Requirements

0-10% overnight travel required. 

Novo Nordisk requires all employees, both Field and Office-based, to be fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine prior to the first date of employment. As required by applicable law, Novo Nordisk will consider requests for reasonable accommodation for those unable to be vaccinated. You will be required to upload an image of your COVID-19 vaccine card at the time of hire and/or on your first day of employment.


Development of People

Ensure that reporting personnel have individual development plans (IDP), with annual goals and measurements that are consistent with the priorities of the business, and that interim reviews are held so that their work is focused on those priorities, and they understand their level of accountability for results and the measurement process. Ensure that the IDP forms include completed learning and aspiration plans and are in place for all reporting personnel to enable the achievement of goals and capability to assume increased levels of responsibility. Manage the application and communication of all Novo Nordisk policies, procedures, and the Novo Nordisk Way.



  • A J.D. with 12+ years of relevant legal experience in the pharmaceutical industry or overseeing pharmaceutical related litigation and/or government investigation matters
  • At least 3+ years of direct or indirect supervisory experience of attorneys (and non-attorneys) is strongly preferred
  • Experience as in-house counsel is strongly preferred, but not required
  • Deep understanding of pharmaceutical business and pharmaceutical pricing
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and performance in consulting with senior management. Ability to set strategy and direction for complex team and to handle multiple projects simultaneously
  • Experience within the healthcare/pharmaceutical industry required
  • Admission in good standing to the Bar of at least one state, with ability to obtain NJ Bar in-house limited license if not already admitted to NJ State Bar
  • Strong leadership skills.  Proven leader with experience managing complex teams and able to effectively motivate and inspire a team
  • Strong problem-solving skills.  Demonstrates and exercises creativity and initiative
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills.  Able to effectively collaborate and communicate with other client groups within the company, including global headquarters and other affiliates as required


We commit to an inclusive recruitment process and equality of opportunity for all our job applicants. 


At Novo Nordisk we recognize that it is no longer good enough to aspire to be the best company in the world. We need to aspire to be the best company for the world and we know that this is only possible with talented employees with diverse perspectives, backgrounds and cultures. We are therefore committed to creating an inclusive culture that celebrates the diversity of our employees, the patients we serve and communities we operate in. Together, we’re life changing.


Novo Nordisk is an equal opportunity employer.  Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by local, state or federal laws, rules or regulations.


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