Assistant General Counsel

Legacy HealthPortland, OregonFull TimeOn Site

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At Legacy, our mission is to make life better for our patients, our staff and the community. We seek an Assistant General Counsel with experience in physician contracting who will serve as the primary lead to support our medical staff and medical group. The successful candidate will apply sound business acumen in providing timely, thoughtful and comprehensive legal advice, will be highly collaborative and comfortable in a consensus-driven environment, will display a tolerance for ambiguity, and will have the ability to make recommendations and decisions with incomplete information.

If you want to use your talents to make a difference in the lives of our patients and the community we serve, we invite you to consider this opportunity. We strive to be a diverse, culturally responsive organization, and encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and inclusion to apply.

Legacy Health, the largest nonprofit, community-owned health system serving the Portland-Vancouver area and the mid-Willamette Valley, seeks to improve our community by helping people live healthier and better lives. To support good health, Legacy provides a range of services: Legacy Health has six hospitals with dedicated children’s care at Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel, more than 70 primary care, specialty and urgent care clinics, nearly 3,000 doctors and providers, over 13,000 employees, and lab, research and hospice. Legacy also has major partnerships including PacificSource Health Plans and the Unity Center for Behavioral Health, a one-of-a-kind center for people facing a mental health crisis, operated as a community collaboration between four regional health systems and numerous community partners.


As a recognized expert in a broad range of legal issues affecting health care providers with significant transactional experience, the Assistant General Counsel provides legal advice, counsel, and representation of Legacy Health to ensure conformity with applicable laws and regulations. The Assistant General Counsel manages all areas of regulatory compliance, business planning, contract negotiation and preparation, review and development, and other areas as assigned by the Chief Legal Officer. The Assistant General Counsel will deal with highly confidential activities. Assignments usually involve unique or complex legal issues. The Assistant General Counsel exercises a high degree of independent judgment, sets his or her own objectives with guidance from the Chief Legal Officer, and decides how to proceed to resolve difficult problems following Legacy and Legal Services policies.

General Accountabilities And Essential Functions
  • Provide legal advice, support, counsel, and other legal services as necessary to Legacy Health and its operating units.
  • Negotiate, structure, and implement both employed and independent physician agreements.
  • Draft and review transactions, professional service agreements and other documents of legal import.
  • Represent Legacy Health and its operating units in certain limited judicial and administrative hearings and coordinate with outside counsel regarding such hearings.
  • Assist in the planning and implementation of the strategies for the Legal Services Department including staffing, budgeting, and use of outside counsel.
  • Advise management on the legality of proposed actions that may affect short term and long-range programs and recommend solutions to address such issues.
  • Review legislation, case law, administrative rulings and other developments to determine legal impact for Legacy Health.
  • Perform legal research and provide written advice on legal issues as requested.
  • Serve as a liaison with the legal community fostering the interest of Legacy Health to legal organizations and associations.
  • Advise on a wide range of legal and healthcare regulatory issues with an eye for collaborative problem solving, with a specific focus on the organization’s employed medical group.

Education: Law degree with demonstrated achievement.

Experience: Minimum of 2 years legal experience, preferably in healthcare law. 4-5 years experience strongly preferred.

Skills: Adept contract negotiator. Ability to structure, negotiate, and document transactions of all kinds. Ability to work independently and with diverse groups of physicians and other health professionals. Excellent oral and written communication skills.

LEGACY’S VALUES IN ACTION: Follows guidelines set forth in Legacy’s Values in Action

Equal Opportunity Employer/Vet/Disabled


Admission to the Oregon State Bar or the bar of any state qualified to take the Oregon State Bar. If not presently admitted to the Oregon State Bar, admission to Oregon State Bar promptly following employment is required.

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