Attorney (contract position)

Position Summary

The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) is seeking an experienced lawyer to act as the organization’s Attorney. The Attorney’s legal responsibilities will be focused on maximizing the use of limited resources, enhancing ABMS’ operational standing in the medical community, expansion of revenue opportunities, all with the goal of positively impacting the bottom line. This position requires a blend of technical legal knowledge with an understanding of business requirements.

This position reports to the Chief Legal Officer.

Essential Functions

  • Draft, review and negotiate contracts for a variety of corporate and business documentation, including domestic contracts and international agreements.
  • Collaborate and provide legal expertise to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Develop, implement and maintain processes and systems for contract management and renewal.
  • Manage and coordinate internal and external processes, communications, documentation and personnel to ensure compliance with applicable laws and adherence to contractual and other legal obligations.
  • Develop and maintain legal expertise in a variety of areas relevant to the activities of ABMS and its affiliates, including those involving accreditation, standard-setting, not-for profit status and taxation, domestic and international transactions, employment relationships, intellectual property, anti-trust compliance, and litigation management.
  • Perform legal research on legal issues impacting ABMS and its affiliates.
  • Educate and advise company executives in regard to legal and risk management issues.
  • Develop internal guidelines and policies on various legal and business issues.
  • Ability to review, structure, draft and negotiate various business agreements and contracts.
  • Manage outside legal resources.
  • Serve as primary contact for all intellectual property matters.

Skills and Attributes

  • Knowledge and proficiency in the various areas of law that affect the organization.
  • Excellent writing, research, analytical, and negotiation skills.
  • Ability to work independently and autonomously.
  • Demonstrated ability to make quick decisions, understanding both the legal and business perspectives in evaluating a particular course of action.
  • Expertise in performing legal research in a variety of areas of the law.
  • Experience managing and balancing competing priorities in a fast-paced work environment.
  • Ability to exercise sound business and legal judgment on, and management of, matters in a variety of legal areas including accreditation, standard-setting, not-for profit status and taxation, domestic and international transactions, employment relationships, intellectual property, anti-trust compliance, and litigation management.
  • Highly collaborative, innovative and creative thinker with a global perspective on business operations.
  • General understanding and appreciation of Intellectual Property issues and applicability in the association structure.
  • Ability to present innovative/original solutions.
  • Understanding of basic principles of Finance, Accounting, Marketing and Management.
  • Strong time management, prioritization, and organizational skills.

Education, Training and Experience

  • Juris Doctor Degree from an ABA-approved law school; Licensed to practice law in Illinois.
  • Six to ten years of legal experience advising organizations, either in-house or in a law firm.
  • Experience advising organizations with respect to commercial activities, in the U.S. and internationally.

Special Requirements

  • Some domestic and international travel required. (Must have a valid passport.)
  • Experience and proficiency with applications of Microsoft Office.

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive list of activities, duties or responsibilities. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be added at any time with or without notice.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status, disability status or genetic information.

How to Apply

You may send your resume and cover letter for this career opportunity to Please include the job title in the subject of your email.

You may also submit your resume and cover letter by postal mail to:

American Board of Medical Specialties
Attn: Human Resources
353 North Clark Street
Suite 1400
Chicago, IL 60654