Primary job responsibilities:
Each day brings new and interesting challenges. Because I am employed by a fast growing company, this rapid growth brings with it new issues. I can spend roughly half of my day in meetings and the other half managing outside counsel around the world. We engage in a variety of matters, including Hatch-Waxman litigation, which involves defending our patent against generic challenges. We also do other things in terms of prosecution — for example, getting patents to protect our products.
I generally work eight to nine hours per day. The pace of the work environment is determined by the most active matters on any given day. I would say that, overall, the environment is fast paced.
One to five days. My travel can involve anything related to a particular case — depositions, hearings, and similar activities. In such cases, my role is to serve as the legal face of the company.
I have a typical work environment – i.e., I work in an office with common equipment (e.g., computer, etc.).
Tools you can’t live without:
I cannot live without my iPhone and iPad. I also have a healthy attachment to my Yelp app, since my work requires travel.
What you like most about your job:
I believe that the best aspect of my job is the fact that I am entrusted with a great deal of responsibility related to the intellectual property rights of some of my company’s important product pipelines. I also enjoy my frequent interactions with extraordinarily smart scientists and my legal colleagues, who bring a wealth of experience to their respective positions and thus I continue my professional development.
Best productivity trick:
My best productivity trick is the creation of daily lists! This “trick” helps to keep me organized and enables me to prioritize matters on a daily basis.
Best career advice you’ve received:
The best career advice that I have received is to make sure that I love what I do (and success will follow). I also have been told to hold fast to the curiosity that made me a great scientist.
Favorite ACS resource:
Chemical & Engineering News. It keeps me abreast of some of the hot topics and issues of the moment.