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Danaher Corporation Associate General Counsel in Buffalo Grove, Illinois

The Associate General Counsel will act as a primary legal resource for the global business of Leica Biosystems. The position is based in Leica’s North American headquarters in Buffalo Grove, IL. Working directly with senior business executives and colleagues in the legal department, the successful candidate will provide the highest level of legal support. From a commercial perspective, the candidate will have a focus on North American operations but will also serve as the first point of contact for global issues while working with Danaher’s regional local counsels.

The Associate General Counsel will develop a good understanding of the company’s business and possess the ability to evaluate and balance both legal and business factors when providing advice. A successful candidate should have a broad knowledge base in areas appropriate for an experienced in-house counsel at a medical device company.

The position requires both domestic and international travel, primarily to Leica Biosystems locations in the United States and abroad. A successful candidate will have experience working on or leading a global team. This individual understands the importance of operating with a global mindset and models global and cultural sensitivity.

Major Responsibilities

  • Gaining a solid understanding of Leica’s businesses, their goals and challenges and identifying appropriate legal and compliance strategies to facilitate those goals and minimize those challenges.

  • Participating in local business management team meetings and functioning as a strategic business partner who provides trusted counsel on legal issues considering both global and local requirements. Educating business leadership on the appropriate use and “leverage” of in-house counsel.

  • Effectively managing and developing a legal team of attorneys and staff and enabling individual’s success through coaching and mentoring.

  • Preparing strategy for, negotiating, reviewing and drafting transactional documents, contracts and other legal agreements such as complex distributor and re-seller, GPO, sales, SaaS, RFP, public tenders, supply, licensing, real estate, joint development and employment agreements.

  • Providing legal advice for the corporate communications of the sales and marketing teams including review of press releases, internal communications and promotional content for medical devices and other medical products.

  • Developing appropriate approaches to dispute resolution, lawsuits, and arbitrations; providing regular, clear communication of litigation issues and opportunities to the affected business and legal function.

  • Working closely with the Regulatory Affairs/Quality Assurance departments on medical device registrations, customer complaints and MDR reporting, market withdrawal/recall analysis and labeling review.

  • Assisting with mergers & acquisitions from due diligence to documentation depending on the situation and background.

  • Creating, updating and/or implementing local agreement templates and compliance policies and procedures taking into account local legal requirements and Danaher global policies.

  • Managing employment matters, providing counsel to the HR department on policies and procedures, handling employee relations, investigations and litigation.

  • Conducting compliance-related investigations and implementing action plans to remediate identified issues.

  • Advising on day-to-day general compliance questions and questions under local civil, commercial, corporate, conflicts of interest, data protection and privacy laws.

  • Providing legal advice on new business models such as social media initiatives and new forms of commercial interactions healthcare professionals and customers.

  • Building collaborative relationships within the Leica legal team and Danaher’s legal community.

  • Identifying and executing on opportunities for continuous improvement, efficiency and savings in providing legal services.

  • Partner with the appropriate business areas to deliver training at company events that focuses on relevant areas of law for the applicable employee audience and addresses specific needs within Leica Biosystems.

  • Willing to work on the smallest and simplest, as well as the most complex, legal matters faced by the company.

Required Education, Experience, Skills

Education: Juris Doctor with excellent academic credentials from top tier law school.


  • 10+ years’ experience / 2+ years’ experience of managing people is preferred.

  • Law firm and/or in-house experience for a medical device or pharmaceutical company, including experience with complex commercial and corporate transactions, employment, and general corporate law.

  • Knowledge and understanding of legal issues facing global medical device companies including anti-bribery, FCPA, anti-kickback, Medicare fraud and abuse, FDA regulations, Sunshine, etc.

  • Demonstrated ability to lead and manage legal risks for complex strategic transactions.

  • Experience in managing litigation.

  • Understanding of intellectual property laws.

Travel: Approximately 25% travel Domestic and International

Language: English


  • Ability to apply business and technical expertise to identify potential issues and partner with colleagues across Leica Biosystems to help solve problems of significant importance to the company.

  • Strong written and verbal communications skills, ability to act as a change agent through dynamic interactions with others. Strong negotiation skills.

  • Ability to work in a matrixed, multidisciplinary organization.

  • Strong relationship management skills: ability to build and maintain productive relationships with leaders of other functional areas within and across the business areas to seek alignment on objectives for the benefit of Leica Biosystems and Danaher Corporation.

  • Ability to set and monitor program objectives that are aligned with global Danaher Corporation objectives as well as the needs of Leica’s leadership team and employees.

  • Demonstrated ability to make final decisions regarding the resolution of complex regional or functional business problems, independent of popularity of decision.

  • Demonstrated ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects. Highly motivated with the ability to be proactive, take initiative, and carefully monitor, follow through, and complete projects in a professional and timely manner.

  • Professional maturity and confidence in expressing a point of view with senior management.

Scope of the Role

Supervisory Responsibility: Responsibility for legal support of LBS businesses globally; Manager of BG legal team

Approximate Direct Reports:


Approximate Indirect Reports:


Financial Responsibility

LBS Wide - $900M



Internal Relationships:

  • Leica legal department personnel

  • Danaher legal team members

  • Leica executive team members

External Relationships:

  • Outside counsel

  • Customers and Suppliers

  • Opposing legal counsel on adverse matters

Physical Demands & Working Environment

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to walk, sit, stand, use hand to finger, handle or feel objects; reach with hands and arms; balance, stoop, bend, talk and hear.

  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 pounds.

  • Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision

Work environment: While performing the duties of this job, most work is in an office environment setting. Lighting and temperature are adequate. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate.

This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by this employee. The incumbent is expected to perform other duties necessary for the effective operation of the department or unit. This job description may be changed at any time.

Danaher Corporation and all Danaher Companies are equal opportunity employers that evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other characteristics protected by law. The “EEO is the Law” poster is available here.