Valeant Pharmaceuticals

Sr. Director, Litigation

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Facilitate the Valeant Legal department’s efforts to drive functional excellence in litigation and government investigations by leading complex commercial litigation and government investigations in a dynamic and fast paced environment. Responsible for ensuring internal business and global alignment on key matters. Collaborating with senior lawyers and Compliance professionals to provide strategic guidance and solutions to protect and mitigate risk to the organization, partnering with the business on key initiatives for the overall success of the organization. The role in conjunction with the department head and others on the team will be the primary legal support for investigations and litigations. We are seeking an individual with the utmost degree of professionalism and integrity, capable of handling highly sensitive and confidential matters, and with an industrious and self-motivated approach with a desire to develop and advance within the organization. As a senior legal executive, this attorney will be expected to interact with senior business leaders. Title and compensation commensurate with experience.


  • Leading and managing a variety of complex commercial litigation matters, many with substantial potential monetary and reputational impact to the organization. Substantive areas of responsibility may include, but will not be limited to:
    • Securities, products liability, consumer class action, government health care program matters, antitrust, employment, as well as, internal corporate investigations and government investigations (including allegations of federal, state, civil, administrative and criminal laws, domestically and abroad).
  • Provide strategic legal advice and direction to business and legal partners related to litigation and government investigations as necessary.
  • Engage in all aspects of litigation process:
    • review and assess cases at onset and provide exposure analysis
    • managing, directing and developing strategy re: assigned matters
    • supervision of internal discovery and fact gathering efforts
    • draft, review, revise and be ultimate owner for various legal filings in assigned matters
  • Act as a point of contact for both in-house and outside counsel and comfortable with senior executives
  • Responsibility for budget and cost containment on assigned matters


  • Strong communication and inter-personal skills are essential
  • Must be detail oriented and demonstrate excellent organizational skills
  • Strong sense of ownership and responsibility, and a strong work ethic focused on providing excellent customer service; demonstrated ability to work as part of a team
  • Able to work independently and under time constraints in a fast paced and dynamic environment
  • Exceptional judgment and ability to assess risk
  • 10+ years of relevant law practice covering a wide range of litigation and investigations for large companies, including ideally civil and criminal matters.
  • Experience dealing with investigation/litigation units of governmental agencies.
  • Prior in-house counsel experience strongly preferred, ideally within the life sciences industry, but at a minimum working within a highly regulated industry. Candidates should have experience working for a major law firm prior to transitioning to in house.
  • Specific experience with False Claims Act, healthcare fraud and abuse laws and/or FCPA/UK Bribery Act highly desired.
  • Law degree and bar admission required, with ability to qualify for NJ In-House Counsel admission.


Physical Demands/Working Conditions:

  • Office work - extended sitting


  • Reports To: Senior Vice President, Head of Litigation and Government Investigations


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