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Senior Counsel, Commercial Litigation & Compliance

Posted May 08
Full Time
RemoteRadnor, Pennsylvania

The Opportunity

Avantor’s Legal Department is seeking a Senior Counsel, Litigation and Investigations (Commercial) to support client groups within Avantor’s enterprise, reporting to Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Global Litigation and Compliance.  This is a unique opportunity to join a growing legal team at a dynamic Fortune 500 public company, and to work autonomously on cutting edge issues in an exciting as well as highly collegial environment.

This role requires an experienced litigator who will be effective in exercising judgment and providing guidance to business and functional leaders across the organization.  This Senior Counsel is responsible for managing a variety of routine, moderately complex to complex legal matters and leading teams and projects on a wide range of topics, including commercial, corporate, environmental, product liability, and regulatory litigation and investigations.  This Senior Counsel will also manage the Legal Operations activities.


What we’re looking for:

Education and Experience:

  • JD from an accredited law school, with strong academic credentials

  • Current bar admission required

  • Minimum of fifteen (15) years relevant experience at a law firm, in-house legal department, or a combination of both, with at least three (3) years of in-house experience preferred

  • Experience in the chemical, distribution and/or life sciences industries preferred

  • Compliance experience, including developing and implementing a compliance program preferred

  • Undergraduate or graduate degree in sciences preferred


Who you are:

  • High integrity, with a commitment to upholding Avantor’s values of innovation, customer centricity, accountability, respect, and excellence

  • Excellent verbal and written business communication skills and ability to impact and influence at all levels of an organization

  • Exceptional analytical, drafting, legal research, writing, and organizational skills, plus focused attention to detail

  • Strong and effective judgment, and ability to present ideas logically

  • Client-focused and confident, with strong interpersonal and negotiation skills to interact with senior business leaders, as well as vendors, customers and other third parties

  • Ability to resolve conflict, overcome resistance and facilitate consensus

  • Flexibility to adapt to new Company priorities, processes, initiatives, and risk tolerance, and the ability to offer practical, compliance-oriented solutions

  • Collaborative approach necessary for working in a global organization

  • Ability to work independently and handle complex and sophisticated legal matters with minimal supervision

  • Ability to handle multiple priorities within tight deadlines and prioritize workload in a manner that best serves the needs of the business

  • Willing to learn new areas of business and the law


How you will thrive and create an impact: 

  • Develops strategy and manages, from start to finish, lawsuits and subpoena responses on behalf of the Company, including early case assessments, exposure analyses, and matter disposition goals. 

  • Evaluates and manages pre-litigation disputes arising from the use of Avantor’s products or services.

  • Leads or participates in internal and government investigations across the enterprise.

  • Proactively identifies and implements risk mitigation strategies to minimize potential litigation.

  • Selects, directs, and works collaboratively with fit-for-purpose outside counsel to deliver most favorable results for the enterprise. 

  • Manages all aspects of in-house litigation support from start to finish, including record retention/legal holds, discovery, witness interviews, mediations/arbitrations, trials, and appeals.

  • Develops and effectively manages budgets.

  • Collaborates with Finance, Internal Audit, Enterprise Risk Management and other functions to provide capable

  • Knowledge in data privacy and security laws is helpful.

  • Handles other responsibilities delegated by VP, Legal.



The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of employees assigned to this position. Avantor is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.


Why Avantor?

Dare to go further in your career. Join our global team of 14,000+ associates whose passion for discovery and determination to overcome challenges relentlessly advances life-changing science.
The work we do changes people's lives for the better. It brings new patient treatments and therapies to market, giving a cancer survivor the chance to walk his daughter down the aisle. It enables medical devices that help a little boy hear his mom's voice for the first time. Outcomes such as these create unlimited opportunities for you to contribute your talents, learn new skills and grow your career at Avantor.
We are committed to helping you on this journey through our diverse, equitable and inclusive culture which includes learning experiences to support your career growth and success. At Avantor, dare to go further and see how the impact of your contributions set science in motion to create a better world. Apply today!


EEO Statement:

We are an Equal Employment/Affirmative Action employer and VEVRAA Federal Contractor. We do not discriminate in hiring on the basis of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religious creed, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state/province, or local law.

If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please contact us by email at and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information. Requests for accommodation will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please note that only inquiries concerning a request for reasonable accommodation will be responded to from this email address.

For more information about equal employment opportunity protections, please view the Equal Employment Opportunity is THE LAW Poster, EEO is the Law Poster Supplement, and Pay Transparency Non-Discrimination Provision.


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By submitting candidates without having been formally assigned on and contracted for a specific job requisition by Avantor, or by failing to comply with the Avantor recruitment process, you forfeit any fee on the submitted candidates, regardless of your usual terms and conditions. Avantor works with a preferred supplier list and will take the initiative to engage with recruitment agencies based on its needs and will not be accepting any form of solicitation.