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Senior Counsel - Commercial Law

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

Provide legal counsel to global healthcare company on relevant issues involving application of U.S. law, regulations, and industry standards.



Reports to the VP, Chief Counsel - Clinical, Commercial and Corporate Law.


Acts as counsel for particular customer group(s) and other supporting business functions and interacts with headquarters and other affiliates as needed. Regularly collaborates with other attorneys and compliance professionals.


May interact with government agencies, law firms, trade organizations and other external agencies.


Essential Functions

  • Provide legal support to key stakeholders by assessing federal and state fraud and abuse laws and regulations, promotional regulations, regulatory guidance, enforcement and litigation activity, competitor actions, consumer fraud, HIPAA, antitrust laws, product liability and industry guidance
  • Proactively identifies risks, opportunities and mitigating actions, and collaborates across legal and business functions to implement
  • Keeps informed of new laws, regulations, and industry trends affecting the company, and assists with development of policies and training as needed
  • Works closely with leadership from line of business in developing strategy and achieving objectives
  • May draft, review and negotiate contracts and other legal documents as needed
  • Upholds following approach to in-house counseling:
    • Reliance on outside counsel is limited to only when necessary for unusual day-to-day issues
    • Ideally, there will be one lawyer per client or meeting (others may be consulted behind the scenes, but then only when necessary for narrow expertise)
    • High levels of consistency in legal advice (actual and perceived by explaining differences to clients)
    • Seek alignment up and across Legal, in advance of client meetings as much as reasonably possible
    • High levels of ownership, accountability and pride by lawyers with respect to their work
    • Actively seeking customer feedback on a continuous basis, actively listening and clarifying feedback, and acting in response as needed
    • Legal is viewed as a business partner and not an obstacle. Legal advice against engaging in a business practice is well-understood and respected by clients
    • Legal advice is clear as to the risk types, level, likelihood
    • Business-focused advice rather than abstract legal possibilities
    • Proactive, creative value-added legal role to help the business achieve its goals
    • Upholding and modeling ethical behavior and conduct at all times
    • Performs other duties as assigned by senior management


Physical Requirements

0-10% overnight travel required.



  • A J.D. with 4+ years relevant legal experience preferred. Some in-house experience preferred, but not required
  • A State Bar admission required
  • Admission to New Jersey Bar (either plenary or under limited license to practice as in-house counsel) is required
  • Experience within the healthcare/pharmaceutical industry is required
  • Strong problem-solving skills - demonstrates and exercises creativity and initiative
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills - able to effectively collaborate and communicate with client groups, senior management and executives within the company
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously independently


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.


If you are interested in applying to Novo Nordisk and need special assistance or an accommodation to apply, please call us at 1-855-411-5290. This contact is for accommodation requests only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.

Senior Counsel - Commercial Law

Plainsboro Township, NJ 08536

Published on 05/24/2023

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