Senior Attorney, Watson Health

IBMAnn arbor, MichiganFull TimeOn Site


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Your Role and Responsibilities

Preferred location is Chicago, but could also consider Cambridge MA, RTP, or Ann Arbor


  • IBM Watson Health has compiled one of the largest healthcare databases in the world, derived from numerous and diverse financial, operational, and medical record source systems. IBM Watson Health’s portfolio of assets brings together clinical, research and social data from a range of health sources, powered by advanced cognitive and analytic technologies.
  • IBM Watson Health’s Imaging group is a leading provider of innovative artificial intelligence, enterprise imaging, interoperability solutions that seek to advance healthcare. This includes offerings from IBM’s subsidiary, Merge Healthcare Incorporated, which currently offers a suite of Class II medical devices regulated by the FDA.

Lead Healthcare Brand Lawyer For IBM Watson Health Offerings

  • Provide support for the Watson Health offering portfolio and strategic partnerships and develop a thorough understanding of Watson Health’s business, strategy, policies and culture.
  • Provide day-to-day legal advice to the legal and business teams on a variety of matters. This will include counsel on contract interpretation, compliance, enforcement and administration, as well as customer and supplier disputes (pre-litigation).
  • Draft, review and negotiate customer, vendor, partner, licensing and other agreements customary to a fast-growing global commercial enterprise.
  • Collaborate with colleagues (domestically and internationally), including Watson Health management, to ensure that risks to the company are appropriately identified, assessed and escalated.
  • Identify training opportunities for internal business clients on legal issues.

Required Technical and Professional Expertise

  • J.D. from a top tier, accredited law school
  • License to practice law in a US jurisdiction
  • Transactional attorney with a minimum of 5 years’ experience specializing in providing advice and counsel on a wide range of healthcare legal issues.
  • Must have general knowledge of overall healthcare law framework, including HIPAA and related data privacy issues, to support complex Watson Health commercial offerings to clients in the healthcare and pharmaceutical fields.
  • Demonstrated ability to build strong and transparent relationships with a wide range of internal clients, ensuring positive client experiences and goodwill that will form the foundation for productive and lasting partnerships.
  • Practical, business-driven problem solver to support the Watson Health global business strategy, with proven ability to provide balanced risk assessments and close complex transactions
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills; willing and able to influence and drive change

Preferred Technical And Professional Expertise

At least 3 years’ in-house experience preferred.

About Business Unit

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Your Life @ IBM

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It's time to define your career.

About IBM

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At IBM, we pride ourselves on being an early adopter of artificial intelligence, quantum computing and blockchain. Now it’s time for you to join us on our journey to being a responsible technology innovator and a force for good in the world.

Location Statement


In addition to a competitive benefits program consisting of medical and life insurance, retirement plans, and time off, eligible employees may also have access to

IBM offers a wide range of resources for eligible IBMers to thrive both inside and outside of work.

  • 12 weeks of paid parental bonding leave. Family care options are also available to support eligible employees during COVID-19.
  • World-class training and educational resources on our personalized, AI-driven learning platform. IBM's learning culture supports your restless attitude to grow your skills and build the depth and scale of knowledge needed to achieve your career goals.
  • Well-being programs to support mental and physical health.
  • Financial programs that empower you to plan, save, and manage your money (including expert financial counseling, 401(k), IBM stock discount, etc.).
  • Select educational reimbursement opportunities.
  • Diverse and inclusive employee resource groups where you can network and connect with IBMers across the globe.
  • Giving and volunteer programs to benefit charitable organizations and local communities.
  • Discounts on retail products, services, and experiences.

We consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable law.

IBM will not be providing visa sponsorship for this position now or in the future. Therefore, in order to be considered for this position, you must have the ability to work without a need for current or future visa sponsorship.

Being You @ IBM

IBM is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, pregnancy, disability, age, veteran status, or other characteristics. IBM is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.

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