Assistant General Counsel

The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) is seeking a part-time Assistant General Counsel (a .80 position or 30 hours per work week).

The Assistant General Counsel supports the Chief Legal Officer and represents the Legal Department in providing legal advice and work product—as well as business and policy advice and work product—to ABMS and its five affiliates and subsidiaries. The ABMS Legal Department is responsible for a wide range of legal matters, including, but not limited to, antitrust, contracts, corporate, data privacy and sharing, governance, government regulation, grants, employment, information services and technology, intellectual property, legislation, real estate, and tax. Administrative proceedings and litigation are generally referred to outside counsel.

Established in 1933, ABMS is responsible for the creation of standards overseeing physician certification in the United States. Dedicated to improving the quality of care to the patients, families, and communities they serve, the 24 ABMS Member Boards develop educational and professional standards and programs of assessment to certify physicians and medical specialists. More than 985,000 physicians and medical specialists are certified by one or more of the ABMS Member Boards in one or more of 40 specialties and 89 subspecialties. For more information about ABMS, visit

Position Responsibilities

  • Draft, negotiate, and approve myriad primary agreements with ongoing scopes of work, services agreements, independent contractor agreements, data sharing agreements, hospitality contracts, licenses, memoranda of understanding, non-disclosure agreements, and amendments.
  • Provide training to managers and employees on subjects pertinent to their employment, such as training on equal employment, anti-discrimination, and anti-harassment policies; leave laws; and best practices for retaining independent contractors.
  • Analyze pending legislation to determine impact on ABMS community and medical specialty certification and to evaluate legal interference with practice of medicine.
  • Manage intellectual property portfolio in collaboration with outside counsel and provide necessary specimens in support of trademark applications or renewals.
  • Identify and mitigate risk across organization through contracts, policies, or training and provide legal and business counsel to all organizational units to reduce potential liability.
  • Support Chief Legal Officer in subsidiary management, including revising limited liability company agreements, creating presentations, and developing business strategies.
  • Ensure federal and state required forms are timely filed for corporate and grant purposes.

Skills and Attributes

  • Generate new, varied, and unique ideas and otherwise identify creative and innovative solutions to conflicts and dilemmas.
  • Exercise sound reasoning in researching and analyzing issues, developing recommendations, and employing critical thinking to solve problems.
  • Articulate thoughts and legal concepts clearly and effectively to audiences without legal training both verbally and in writing.
  • Leverage existing online technologies to complete assignments and organize work product.
  • Develop collegial and collaborative relationships with colleagues and members of ABMS community.
  • Exemplify personal accountability, strong work ethic, integrity, ethical conduct, and professionalism.


  • At least two years practicing as attorney required.
  • In-house counsel experience preferred.
  • Proficiency drafting and negotiating contracts preferred.

Education and Licensure

  • Juris Doctor from accredited law school.
  • Valid license to practice law in state where employee is located.
  • Member in good standing of state bar where employee is located.

Salary, Work Hours, and Benefits

ABMS is offering a starting salary between $75,000 and $90,000 per year based on relevant experience. This position is part-time with 30 hours of work required per work week. ABMS offers a comprehensive benefit package including three Blue Cross Blue Shield medical plan options; Flexible Medical and Dependent Care Spending Accounts; Heath Savings Accounts; dental and vision plans; a retirement plan with a three percent “safe harbor” employer contribution; a discretionary annual bonus; and generous paid vacation and leave programs.

The Assistant General Counsel position is a remote position with preference for an attorney based in the greater Chicago or Atlanta metropolitan areas. ABMS employees are currently working remotely, unless they choose to work in the Chicago office. If an employee wishes to visit the office, the employee must be vaccinated against COVID-19. ABMS considers an employee to be vaccinated against COVID-19 if the employee has received the primary vaccine and one booster dose. This policy may be revised at any time.

Closing Date: Friday, April 26, 2024, or until the position is filled.

How to Apply

To apply, go to ABMS Assistant General Counsel on ADP.

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, age, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, genetic information, or any other protected status.