Senior Counsel, Privacy and Commercial Legal

What Commercial Transaction contributes to Cardinal Health

Legal provides the company with strategic, proactive, practical and cost-effective legal advice and services in order to protect the organization's assets, operations and image. This function provides legal counsel related to commercial, corporate securities, intellectual property, labor and employment, and regulatory law, among other areas. This function also litigates all company legal matters, manages outside counsel and manages legal operations.

Commercial Transaction provides legal advice, counsel and services to domestic and international businesses in support of customer, vendor, supplier, and strategic relationships, including drafting and negotiating contracts, participating in and providing input on business strategy, and otherwise acting as primary day-to-day legal contacts for business clients.

Job Summary

The Senior Legal Counsel, serves as the primary legal partner to leaders of a division within a business unit, providing counsel on legal issues and risk mitigation guidance. The Senior Legal Counsel reviews and negotiates commercial agreements with external parties on behalf of the business, protecting the business’ interests and ensuring that contracts are compliant. This job also reviews external communications to confirm legal compliance and liaises with a variety of Legal and other internal teams to resolve legal issues.


  • Report to the Vice President of Privacy & Specialty Solutions and assist with the implementation and maintenance of the Privacy program and the commercial legal work for the Biopharma Solutions and Strategic Sourcing business teams
  • Serve as a functional expert working closely with & advising business leaders, commercial counsel, and other colleagues on all legal aspects of privacy, including data protection, data retention, data usage, data security and data breaches
  • Advise and support the company on various strategic healthcare transactions, helping to ensure compliance with applicable healthcare regulations including HIPAA, Stark, Anti-Kickback and the False Claims Act
  • Review, draft, and negotiate healthcare and privacy related agreements, such as service agreements, vendor agreements, confidentiality agreements, business associate and data processing agreements
  • Research and analyze complex legal issues and provide practical and strategic advice to the business units
  • Provide guidance, direction, and practical translation of legal privacy requirements to cross-functional teams on complex projects
  • Assist with the management of regulatory inquiries, investigations or administrative actions related to privacy and data security or healthcare regulations
  • Support acquisitions, divestitures, and joint ventures as they relate to privacy matters or the Biopharma Solutions and Strategic Sourcing teams
  • Review policies and procedures drafted by Cardinal Health Compliance personnel to ensure compliance with applicable data privacy laws and regulations
  • Assist with the design and provision of training on Privacy and applicable healthcare regulations
  • Remain up to date on legislative developments in the field of privacy at the state, federal and international level that may affect Cardinal Health and its global subsidiaries, and work with commercial counsel and government relations to identify potential strategic changes that might be adopted


  • 8-12 years of experience, preferred
  • Bachelor's degree in related field, or equivalent work experience, preferred
  • Juris Doctorate degree
  • License to practice law in Ohio or active bar license in another state
  • A minimum of four (4) years of legal experience, working primarily on a wide variety of privacy and data security matters and commercial legal matters
  • Prior experience at a large law firm strongly preferred
  • Extensive knowledge of U.S. privacy and data security laws, regulations, and standards, including HIPAA, CCPA, U.S. state and federal privacy, data security, breach notification, consumer protection and employment-related privacy laws and regulations
  • Extensive knowledge of federal and state healthcare laws and regulations
  • Knowledge of EU privacy and data security laws, including GDPR preferred
  • Experience handling privacy and commercial legal matters in the health care industry is strongly preferred
  • Demonstrated transactional experience, including reviewing, drafting, and negotiating commercial healthcare agreements and privacy and data protection contract terms and agreements, such as Business Associate Agreements and data processing, usage, and/or transfer agreements
  • Excellent drafting and negotiation skills.
  • Experience with implementing incident response plans, responding to data security incidents and advising on applicable legal requirements
  • Experience handling information technology matters, including drafting technology contracts, is a plus
  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks and prioritize under tight time constraints
  • Self-motivated and independent, but able to discern when matters should be escalated and when further guidance is needed
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, including ability to translate legal requirements into practical guidance for non-lawyers

What is expected of you and others at this level

  • Applies advanced knowledge and understanding of concepts, principles, and technical capabilities to manage a wide variety of projects
  • Participates in the development of policies and procedures to achieve specific goals
  • Recommends new practices, processes, metrics, or models
  • Works on or may lead complex projects of large scope
  • Projects may have significant and long-term impact
  • Provides solutions which may set precedent
  • Independently determines method for completion of new projects
  • Receives guidance on overall project objectives
  • Acts as a mentor to less experienced colleagues

Anticipated salary range: $119,800 - $171,100

Bonus eligible: Yes

Benefits: Cardinal Health offers a wide variety of benefits and programs to support health and well-being.

  • Medical, dental and vision coverage
  • Paid time off plan
  • Health savings account (HSA)
  • 401k savings plan
  • Access to wages before pay day with myFlexPay
  • Flexible spending accounts (FSAs)
  • Short- and long-term disability coverage
  • Work-Life resources
  • Paid parental leave
  • Healthy lifestyle programs

Application window anticipated to close: 08/14/2024 *if interested in opportunity, please submit application as soon as possible.

The salary range listed is an estimate. Pay at Cardinal Health is determined by multiple factors including, but not limited to, a candidate’s geographical location, relevant education, experience and skills and an evaluation of internal pay equity.


Candidates who are back-to-work, people with disabilities, without a college degree, and Veterans are encouraged to apply.

Cardinal Health supports an inclusive workplace that values diversity of thought, experience and background. We celebrate the power of our differences to create better solutions for our customers by ensuring employees can be their authentic selves each day. Cardinal Health is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, pregnancy, veteran status, marital status, creed, status with regard to public assistance, genetic status or any other status protected by federal, state or local law.