Associate General Counsel

Boston, Massachusetts | Full-Time

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This individual will provide legal support to a wide range of internal clients, including Executive Management, Commercial, Medical Affairs, Regulatory and Compliance. S/he will also be expected to take on strategic assignments outside of the primary area of responsibility and, as the company and legal function scale, potentially take on a leadership role. The candidate should be a valued strategic partner to the business and provide pragmatic advice that enables the company to achieve its purpose and goals. 


What you'll dive into 

  • Partner with the General Counsel to assess the needs of the business, identify and scope risks and scale the Legal function appropriately
  • Partner with the Compliance team to ensure that the company’s healthcare compliance programs reflect applicable laws, rules, regulations and guidance governing drug promotion, field customer engagement and incentive compensation, financial arrangements with healthcare providers
  • Counsel on commercial launch preparation activities and brand-related strategic planning and operating plans
  • Advise clients on a broad array of issues relating to the advertising and promotion of prescription pharmaceutical drug products including, but not limited to, Food Drug and Cosmetic Act and its implementing regulations, OPDP guidance, Anti-kickback Statute, False Claims Act, OIG Guidance, PhRMA Code and Sunshine Act
  • Serve as the legal representative on the company’s Medical, Legal and Regulatory Committee (MLR)
  • Provide advice to the corporate, commercial and medical teams on programs, engagements, grants, sponsorships, as well as other initiatives to ensure compliance with relevant healthcare laws, regulations and guidances
  • Provide legal advice with respect to commercial agreements
  • Keep informed of new laws, regulations, and industry trends affecting the company
  • Train company employees, including field personnel


What we expect

  1. A Juris Doctor (J.D.) from an ABA-accredited law school and a minimum of 8+ years of relevant experience at a law firm and/or pharmaceutical/biotech company, with a strong preference for at least 5 years in-house with a pharmaceutical/biotech company
  2. In-depth knowledge of commercial, compliance and regulatory matters related to the launch and subsequent commercialization of branded pharmaceutical products
  3. Exceptional interpersonal, written and verbal communications skills, including the ability to communicate complex issues and concepts to non-attorneys and influence across a cross-functional matrix organization
  4. Strong problem-solving and decision-making skills with demonstrated ability to think creatively and devise solutions to challenging problems
  5. Strong sense of accountability and ownership, highly collaborative
  6. Thrive in a fast-paced, rapidly evolving environment
  7. Ability to travel


What you’ll get

  • To be a part a growing company and fantastic team passionate about developing novel drug therapies to improve people’s lives
  • Opportunities to learn and contribute creative solutions
  • Comprehensive health insurance
  • Matching 401k retirement plan
  • Paid time off and holidays
  • Company celebrations


Arena Pharmaceuticals is a global biopharmaceutical company with a robust portfolio of potentially first in class / best in disease assets across multiple therapeutic areas. With three strategic hubs in Boston, San Diego and Zug, Arena is poised for eight data readouts between 2020-2022:  two in Phase 3 and six in Phase 2.  This is an exciting time to join Arena as it transitions from a clinical stage company to commercial enterprise and we seek a skilled life sciences attorney who has the experience and drive to be part of this transformation.

Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
HQ: San Diego, California

Arena Pharmaceuticals is uniquely positioned to develop best-in-disease medicines with optimized efficacy and safety for patients globally. Our drive to deliver a robust pipeline of novel, transformational medicines is grounded in two decades of world-class G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) discovery research.

Company size: 300

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  • Attractive
  • Director
  • Doctorate/PhD
  • 7-10 Years
  • Full-Time
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