Associate Vice President-Assistant General Counsel

Indianapolis, IN

At Lilly, we unite caring with discovery to make life better for people around the world. We are a global healthcare leader headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. Our 35,000 employees around the world work to discover and bring life-changing medicines to those who need them, improve the understanding and management of disease, and give back to our communities through philanthropy and volunteerism. We give our best effort to our work, and we put people first. We’re looking for people who are determined to make life better for people around the world.

Organization Overview

At Lilly, we serve an extraordinary purpose. We make a difference for people around the globe by discovering, developing and delivering medicines that help them live longer, healthier, more active lives. Not only do we deliver breakthrough medications, but you also can count on us to develop creative solutions to support communities through philanthropy and volunteerism.


Highly experienced and strategic litigation attorney with impeccable judgment and exceptional leadership and people management skills who will lead a global team focused on litigation (other than IP litigation) and government investigations. Position reports to the Vice President- Deputy General Counsel- International Legal and Head of Litigation/ Investigations/Employment Law. Must be proactive, agile, and experienced working in a highly matrixed environment, and energized by the opportunity to work in a fast-paced environment with broad responsibility. 

  • Lead the team responsible for:
  • Global (non-IP) commercial litigation matters, antitrust, product liability, and relevant global litigation matters, ensuring clear alignment with the company’s overall strategy;
  • All significant government investigations globally
  • Provide the team with strategic leadership and vision, along with appropriate training, development, and coaching
  • Be an integral leader on Supervisor’s Leadership Team.
  • Work with Legal Leadership and Legal Operations to direct the development of substantive key legal performance metrics to reflect the impact of team initiatives and inform future priorities and strategies.
  • Be a cross-functional transformational legal leader that facilitates an environment of collaboration, shared learning and efficiency throughout the organization.
  • Advise senior leadership and the business in a proactive manner 
  • Ensure that litigation matters are appropriately forecasted, budgeted, and reserved
  • Ensure that appropriate litigation processes are implemented and are evolving to effectively meet team and corporate needs
  • Ensure that the team maintains relationships with key Lilly constituencies
  • Maintain, oversee, and build strategic relationships with outside counsel and other key suppliers
  • Maintain engagement with key external parties and entities, including counterparts at other companies in the industry, key government agencies, and outside counsel network

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s & J.D. degrees
  • Active license to practice law
  • A minimum of 10 years of experience as a practicing attorney, with some pharmaceutical or medical device and/or in-house experience preferred, including at least 7 years of experience in areas of litigation
  • Experience in significant commercial litigation matters and government investigations required
  • Experience with FCPA matters
  • Greater than five years of leadership experience required, particularly with proven experience in driving change and as a strategic legal leader.
  • Qualified candidates must be legally authorized to be employed in the United States. Lilly does not anticipate providing sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g., H-1B or TN status) for this employment position

Additional Skills/Preferences

  • Demonstrated leadership and effectiveness in working with executive leadership
  • Highly motivated and collaborative partner with strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with team members, other lawyers, and members of management across all levels of the company
  • Good judgment and a meticulous level of attention to detail
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with an ability to influence others
  • Demonstrated ability to appropriately handle highly confidential information
  • Demonstrated commitment to expand knowledge and adapt to a changing environment
  • Proven ability to coach and develop people leading to strong team performance
  • Experience managing a large budget

 Additional Information

  • Lilly currently anticipates that the base salary for this position could range from between $201,000 to $295,000 and will depend, in part, on the successful candidate’s qualifications for the role, including education and experience. Full-time equivalent employees also will be eligible for a company bonus (depending, in part, on company and individual performance). In addition, Lilly offers a comprehensive benefit program to eligible employees, including eligibility to participate in a company-sponsored 401(k); pension; vacation benefits; eligibility for medical, dental, vision and prescription drug benefits; flexible benefits (e.g., healthcare and/or dependent day care flexible spending accounts); life insurance and death benefits; certain time off and leave of absence benefits; and well-being benefits (e.g., employee assistance program, fitness benefits, and employee clubs and activities).Of course, the compensation described above is subject to change and could be higher or lower than the range described above. Further, Lilly reserves the right to amend, modify, or terminate its compensation and benefit programs in its sole discretion and Lilly’s compensation practices and guidelines will apply regarding the details of any promotion or transfer of Lilly employees.

Eli Lilly and Company, Lilly USA, LLC and our wholly owned subsidiaries (collectively “Lilly”) are committed to help individuals with disabilities to participate in the workforce and ensure equal opportunity to compete for jobs. If you require an accommodation to submit a resume for positions at Lilly, please email Lilly Human Resources ( ) for further assistance. Please note This email address is intended for use only to request an accommodation as part of the application process. Any other correspondence will not receive a response.

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Our employee resource groups (ERGs) offer strong support networks for their members and help our company develop talented individuals for future leadership roles. Our current groups include: Africa, Middle East, Central Asia Network, African American Network, Chinese Culture Network, Early Career Professionals, Japanese International Leadership Network (JILN), Lilly India Network, Organization of Latinos at Lilly, PRIDE (LGBTQ + Allies), Veterans Leadership Network, Women’s Network, Working and Living with Disabilities. Learn more about all of our groups.

As a condition of employment with Eli Lilly and Company and its subsidiaries in the United States and Puerto Rico, you must be fully COVID-19 vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination satisfactory to the company (subject to applicable law). 


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