Libertyville, Illinois, Our Client
Hollister Incorporated is an independent, employee-owned company that develops, manufactures and markets healthcare products and services worldwide, including educational support for patients and healthcare professionals. Hollister makes medical devices and a range of other medical products used for ostomy, continence and bowel care, as well as tube fasteners and various related accessories. The company has manufacturing plants in Missouri and Virginia in the US, as well as in Denmark, Ireland and India, with a new plant in Lithuania opened in 2019. Hollister distributes products worldwide in over 90 countries.
Hollister is under common ownership with KMT Medical Services, a large conglomerate of home healthcare and direct-to-consumer businesses in the US and EU that sell medical devices and other medical products directly to end-users. The parent company of Hollister and KMT is The Firm of John Dickinson Schneider, Inc. (“JDS”), which essentially is a holding company for both of those companies.
Hollister’s Mission is to make life more rewarding and dignified for people who use its products and services. Hollister remains singularly focused on the Immutable Principles and values on which it was founded in 1921 - Stewardship, Service, Integrity and Dignity of the Person. These values form a strong foundation and an enduring legacy, as Hollister continues to extend its global reach and develop new, innovative products and services, remaining focused on meeting the healthcare needs of people throughout the global community.
The employee-owned nature of Hollister provides for a values-oriented process in terms of the development of long-term operational goals. In addition, goals are set with input by those who are closest to the business; the employee owners, as opposed to public shareholders.
Located at Hollister’s corporate headquarters in Libertyville, Illinois, this is a unique opportunity for a litigator with strong business acumen and proven drafting ability to join Hollister’s Risk Management and Litigation practice group. Prior employment law experience is desired.
Hollister’s Law Department currently consists of approximately 24 members, including 12 attorneys. Roles within the department shift from time to time, providing an opportunity to assume responsibilities in various geographical regions and/or functional areas. Special projects also arise from time to time, creating an opportunity for additional growth.
The Corporate Counsel, Litigation and Employment will strategically lead and manage litigation, risk management and employment matters arising out of global Hollister’s operations, and will specifically be required to:
Provide advice and counsel in the areas of litigation, employment, compensation and benefits, insurance coverage, OSHA, worker's compensation, product liability and other areas as assigned or requested.
Independently conduct legal and factual research and investigation as required and provide pre-trial and trial litigation assistance and support.
Review, draft, negotiate, and advise on a wide variety of agreements relating to Hollister's businesses, including but not limited to employment agreements, settlement agreements, restrictive covenant agreements, retention bonus agreements, non-disclosure agreements, and commercial agreements
Manage other legal projects on behalf of the company, often acting as the lead in-house counsel. Provide direction and leadership to others in various functions in connection with those projects.
Develop policies, guidelines, and forms, and train others within Hollister on same from time to time.
Provide legal support on other matters arising out of Hollister’s varied business activities around the globe.
Stay abreast of and current on US employment laws and regulations affecting Hollister’s business. Update all policies, procedures and agreements, and conduct employee training as required.
A JD from a leading law school, with proven academic success.
A minimum of three years’ relevant litigation experience with a recognized law firm and/or corporate law department. Prior experience with employment and risk management matters is a plus.
Proven experience reviewing, advising on, drafting and negotiating a wide array of agreements, including employment agreements, settlement agreements, restrictive covenant agreements, retention bonus agreements, non-disclosure agreements, and commercial agreements
Strong written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to clearly and concisely articulate complex legal concepts to a lay audience.
Consistent with Hollister's Law Department Professional Expectations, a desire and proven ability to be a best-in-class legal professional, business partner and teammate.
Excellent cross-cultural communication skills, including experience working with non-U.S. business people and attorneys.
Demonstrated success working on a multidisciplinary team in a fast-paced, dynamic environment; proven capability leading and/or influencing cross-functional teams. Excellent interpersonal skills, with proven ability to be a good business partner.
Strong work ethic coupled with diligence, energy, and ability to act independently and adapt to changing priorities.
Proven ability to be cost effective and proactive in engaging, leading, and managing outside counsel (preferably on both a domestic and international basis).
Familiarity with applicable international laws relating to domestic and/or global manufacturing and to healthcare is a plus, as is awareness of other laws such as the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the U.S. False Claims Act and Anti-kickback Statute.
License to practice law and in good standing under the Illinois Bar or the Bar of any state that enables admission to practice as in-house counsel in Illinois.