March 21, 2024
USA Only
$60K - $120K USD *

Life Sciences Senior Associate Attorney

About the job:


With a legacy as a pioneer in the ALSP market, Factor has identified the need for another innovation in the legal services market: Integrated LawTM.  


Factor is the market leader in Integrated LawTM, combining the expertise of Traditional Law, the efficiency of New Law, and the close business integration of In-house legal to deliver complex legal work at scale.  


Factor works alongside corporate legal departments to solve for the ever-increasing demands and complexity of transactional legal work like contracting. We deliver better performance, better business and legal outcomes, and a better contracting experience.  


Our clients span Fortune 500 companies including global banks, major pharmaceutical companies and large technology firms.  


Factor is committed to building the best culture in legal. We believe that the more diverse our team becomes — in backgrounds, skills, experiences, and perspectives — the higher our creative potential as a company. We are dedicated to growing a diverse, inclusive company where individuals of all backgrounds thrive.  


We are comprised of more than 600 lawyers, legal specialists, technologists, and process consultants across Europe and North America – and we’re growing! Join us!


We are looking for a Senior Associate, Life Sciences Attorney, who will be a subject matter expert for clinical and research legal contracts. You will be part of a 9-member team of highly motivated attorneys who support our pharmaceutical client by reviewing, redlining, and negotiating a broad range of clinical and commercial agreements.

The position will be U.S. based and remote, preferably from an EST or CST location.

If you believe in being a team player, can collaborate and communicate well with audiences across various levels while bringing a results-driven, focused, high energy, confident, curious, quirky, and most of all fun sense of self, then this is the place for you.


  • Provide expert knowledge to our client base about the pharmaceutical industry, with a specific emphasis on human pharma research and development contracting.
  • Draft and negotiate U.S. clinical and research agreements on behalf of our pharmaceutical clients across a variety of contract types and internal client teams. Contract types include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • External Collaborative Research Agreements, Investigator Initiated Studies, Independent Medical Education Agreements, Research Service Agreements, Clinical Trial Agreements, Contract Research Organization Agreements, Author Agreements, Collaboration Agreements, Letters of Intent, Assignment and Assumption Agreements, Facility Use Agreements, Sponsorship Agreements, Master Lab Service Agreements, Material Transfer Agreements and Human Biospecimen Agreements, which includes Master Services Agreements and related licenses;
  • When necessary, act as an escalation point to more junior attorneys on the team.
  • Work directly with our client’s in-house and/or outside legal representatives to escalate and analyze complex legal issues and track communications for long-term knowledge management.
  • Assist with ad hoc requests from client’s legal, clinical, sourcing, and related departments for development of one-time use agreements and/or templates.
  • Assist client’s legal team with its development and maintenance of contracting playbooks and clinical contract templates.
  • Manage a high-complexity workflow via client and/or Factor-based technologies.
  • Ensure timely contract negotiations with client counterparties towards fixed deadlines; and
  • Provide guidance to more junior team members on clinical and related contracting techniques and processes.


  • You are adaptable, authentic, accountable, and value driven. You are a team player who exhibits personal leadership and leaves things better than you found them. We are looking for someone who always gives their best and inspires others to do the same. This role requires great attention to detail, knowledge of complex contract drafting/negotiating, the ability to adapt to changing client needs, strong client service leanings, and a determination to deliver high-quality work under strict deadlines.  

  • In addition to the above, here are the required and preferred skills, knowledge, capabilities, and education for this role: 

  • 4+ years drafting & negotiating complex U.S. clinical research agreements (required).
  • Strong analytical and drafting abilities (required).
  • Ability to research, draft, and articulate legal and business terms for a wide variety of commercial and research contracts across the life sciences industry (required). 
  • An appetite for teaching and knowledge-sharing internally and with members of our client team.
  • A client service-oriented approach; the ability to collaborate closely with stakeholders from different disciplines.
  • Demonstrated aptitude for following several evolving processes in a technology-driven environment.
  • Meticulous attention to detail, including timely updates to contract management systems throughout the contracting life cycle.
  • Enthusiasm, commitment, and reliability in a team-based environment.
  • A successful track record of client-facing experience and examples of handling escalations and questions from varying experienced parties with grace and professionalism. 
  • J.D. or equivalent (required).
  • Member of a State Bar (preferred). 

Additional Information

As a member of an ISO Compliant center, the candidate will be required to follow the policies and procedures on Information Security Management System in place at the Center of Excellence and globally at Factor. As a member of the Factor team, the applicant will have access to various company and client assets and will be required to maintain the level of security as identified for each asset.


Factor is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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USA Only
$60K - $120K USD/Year *

Company Benefits

* Compensation was calculated as an average of similar positions and is not guaranteed.
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