Senior Counsel, Legal Affairs (10006)

Path Seattle , WA 98113

Posted 1 week ago

PATH is a global organization that works to accelerate health equity by bringing together public institutions, businesses, social enterprises, and investors to solve the world's most pressing health challenges. With expertise in science, health, economics, technology, advocacy, and dozens of other specialties, PATH develops and scales solutions-including vaccines, drugs, devices, diagnostics, and innovative approaches to strengthening health systems worldwide.

PATH is known throughout the world for its successful public-private partnerships. Succeeding at these partnerships requires lawyers who are passionate, creative, pragmatic, savvy, smart and possess excellent judgment.

The mission of the Legal Affairs Division is to support PATH's mission by (1) collaborating with clients to provide strategic, best-practice, efficient legal counsel and education, including transactional and other legal support, and (2) providing overall guidance to enhance legal compliance and minimize risk, all with the utmost integrity.


PATH's Legal Affairs Division is looking for a senior-level transactional attorney with life sciences and/or technology product development experience. This individual will work closely with program teams who manage the development of devices, vaccines and other essential medicines and who collaborate with private and public sector organizations to implement healthcare technologies and enhance public health systems. This individual will join a dedicated team of 6 attorneys, 5 paralegals and 3 paralegal assistants and will report to the General Counsel.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Act as primary legal contact for assigned program portfolios, providing pragmatic legal counsel and advice regarding transactional structures, intellectual property matters and risk assessments.

  • Work with program teams to establish strong and effective partnerships to support PATH's mission.

  • Draft product development partnership agreements supporting device, vaccine and other essential medicines development and commercialization, e.g., collaborative research and development agreements, clinical study agreements, manufacturing and commercialization agreements and other technology supportive third-party agreements.

  • Draft collaboration agreements with public and private sector partners, multilateral organizations and academic institutions to facilitate development and enhancement of public health systems and strategies, including qualitative, observational and surveillance research and data management and analysis.

  • Team with project leaders and commercialization officers to negotiate agreement terms, ensuring compliance while enabling innovation.

  • Assess client legal support needs and ensure timely and effective legal services, including partnering with legal professional staff.

  • Manage outside counsel in coordination with General Counsel.

Required Experience

  • JD (or equivalent) and licensed to practice law in the state of Washington

  • 8+ years as a practicing attorney with at least 3 years as in-house counsel, including providing legal counsel to life sciences companies and drafting agreements for complex technology collaborations, clinical studies and intellectual property licensing

  • In-depth understanding of scientific/intellectual property driven transactions

  • Ability to think strategically and establish trusted advisor relationship with clients

  • Flexible and analytical thinker able to quickly and accurately identify legal issues in complex relationships and develop solutions by exercising sound and confident judgment in ambiguous situations

  • Demonstrated ability to work efficiently and to effectively manage competing priorities

  • Strong results orientation and client/partner focus

  • Outstanding communication skills including proven ability to synthesize and clearly convey legal concepts and provisions to non-lawyers

  • Extensive client counseling experience with track record of effectively helping clients identify strategic goals, prioritize key issues, and find (and document) pragmatic solutions to these issues for a wide range of transactions

  • Adept with respectfully managing divergent views and facilitating difficult decision-making

  • Desire and strong ability to collaborate as part of a team and with diverse groups and cultures

  • Experience working with scientists or other technical clients and comfort and confidence to interact directly with senior management

  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally

  • Candidate must possess Washington State Bar License

  • Must be local

Must have legal authorization to work in the United States.

PATH is dedicated to building an inclusive workforce where diversity is valued.

PATH is an equal opportunity employer. Every qualified applicant will be considered for employment. PATH does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, age, national origin, marital status, disability status, political ideology, military or protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

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