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Contracts Attorney

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ACADIA Pharmaceuticals Inc

San Diego, CA

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Provides legal expertise and counsel for all company contracts activities. Provides support to General Counsel with respect to company’s business and commercial relationships and transactional matters, including negotiating agreements, and preparing transaction documents.

Primary Responsibilities:

Review, draft and negotiate contracts relating to the company’s business and commercial relationships, such as CDAs, master services agreements, distribution agreements, lease and sublease agreements, manufacturing and supply agreements, OEM agreements, clinical trial agreements, marketing agreements, consulting agreements, and the like; analyzes and provides advice with respect to interpretation of existing agreements or arrangements.

Provide legal advice to internal teams on contract matters, including transaction structuring, contract interpretation and enforcement, risk assessment, legal and regulatory compliance and corporate policies.

Coordinate and assist in developing policies, procedures and systems to support and facilitate efficient contract development and analysis.

Monitor the legal environment and trends concerning the contracts areas.

Manage outside legal counsel with regard to contract matters.

Perform other duties as needed or assigned.


JD from ABA accredited law school Current membership in the California Bar or qualified for in-house practice of law in California through licensure and good standing within another state.

Minimum of 2 years of progressively responsible experience including significant experience reviewing, drafting and negotiating contracts.

Corporate contract and service agreement experience.

Biopharmaceutical industry experience preferred.

Knowledge of contract, commercial and general business laws and regulations.

Strong contract drafting and negotiation skills.

Ability to gain trust at, and work with, all levels of organization.

Strong analytical and conceptual thinking skills; ability to analyze data.

Must have strong problem-solving and decision-making skills.

Excellent communication (both verbal and written) and interpersonal skills.

Ability to prioritize workload and self-manage projects, handle multiple tasks and meet strict deadlines.

Must be detail-oriented with high initiative with proven ability to achieve results.

Must be proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook).

Able to assert own ideas and persuade others through effectively consolidating, evaluating, and presenting relevant information.

Skilled at promoting team cooperation and a commitment to team success.

Adept at seeing change as an opportunity to improve business performance and campaigning for it when necessary.

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