Allergan Commercial Counsel in Irvine, California

Commercial Counsel

Irvine, California, United States at

Apr 29, 2018Post Date

179442Requisition #

Allergan plc (NYSE: AGN) is a bold, global pharmaceutical company and a leader in a new industry model - Growth Pharma. Allergan is focused on developing, manufacturing and commercializing branded pharmaceutical, device, biologic, surgical and regenerative medicine products for patients around the world.

Allergan markets a portfolio of leading brands and best-in-class products for the central nervous system, eye care, medical aesthetics and dermatology, gastroenterology, women's health, urology and anti-infective therapeutic categories. With commercial operations in approximately 100 countries, Allergan is committed to working with physicians, healthcare providers and patients to deliver innovative and meaningful treatments that help people around the world live longer, healthier lives every day.

Allergan is a company that will inspire you to aim high with your ambition. Where you can build bridges all over the world. Where you can power ideas that drive change. And where you will act fast and drive results for customers and patients. Power your future & join our bold team.

Position Overview

The CommercialCounselprovides a diverse range of legal services to Allergan’s US commercial functions, which operate in a highly regulated pharmaceutical/medical device environment. The Commercial Counsel will be a key member of the US Legal Team. She or he will be the lead attorney supporting the Eye Care Sales & Marketing team and will help support Medical Affairs, Compliance and other functions as assigned. The Commercial Counsel will work closely with Allergan’s commercial functions by participating in business strategy/concept reviews and providing sound legal and compliance guidance. She or hewill also perform the legal reviewof promotional materials for the US market.


The primary duties and responsibilities of this position include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Provides sound legal advice to the Eye Care sales and marketing teams on marketing strategies, product launches, regulatory strategies, promotional/advertising matters, competitive surveillance and on compliance with applicable laws, regulations and industry practices.

  • Provides legal advice on health care compliance laws (including the Anti-Kickback Statute and False Claims Act) and industry guidance and practices, and advises the business and the Compliance Department on appropriate interactions with healthcare providers, payors, patients and other stakeholders.

  • Reviews promotional and other material for the Eye Care portfolio, to ensure compliance with the Federal Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act and other applicable laws and regulations.

  • Supports the negotiation and execution of complex agreements, including marketing, vendor, and trade agreements.

  • Develops and enhances contract templates and guidelines, and ensures contract language meets legal requirements and is designed to mitigate risk/liability to the Company.

  • Participates in the review of policies and SOPs as required.

  • Participates in the assessment and resolution of operational issues as needed.

  • Completes special projects as assigned.

  • Remains current on laws, rulings, guidance, regulations and government program requirements affecting business within identified areas of responsibility and helps implement appropriate actions.

  • Identifies and helps develop plans to mitigate areas of legal risk affecting the business.

  • Upholds Company policies.

  • Works in a cooperative manner with colleagues and customers.

  • Works effectively under deadlines.


JD Degree and a member in good standing of a US bar.

A minimum of five (5) years of experience working in a corporate legal environment or a major law firm.

Experience in the areas of FDA law and healthcare compliance required.

A focus on pharmaceutical products is preferred, but experience with medical device is relevant. Direct pharmaceutical industry experience is preferred.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Sound legal and business judgment, with ability to problem-solve in a high-output, fast moving environment.

  • Excellent drafting and legal technical skills.

  • Exceptional attention to detail and excellent organizational skills.

  • Ability to prioritize duties and manage multiple matters from start to finish with minimal supervision.

  • Strong interpersonal, written and oral communication skills.

  • Ability to work on complex problems with demonstrated creativity and problem solving skills.

  • Ability to maintain the highest degree of confidentiality and integrity.

  • Ability to respond effectively to sensitive inquiries or complaints.

  • Ability to adapt to changes.

  • Ability to coordinate, contribute to and work within a cross-functional team.


Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

Allergan is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other protected status.