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15 Minutes With AbbVie's Chief Legal Officer

By Michele Gorman (April 22, 2019, 11:15 AM EDT) -- The two years that Laura Schumacher worked at Schiff Hardin helped her understand the internal perspectives and pressures at a law firm, and she has since applied that knowledge in-house to more effectively collaborate with outside counsel.

Laura Schumacher

Currently: Vice chairman of external affairs and chief legal officer, AbbVie Inc.

Previously: Executive vice president and general counsel, Abbott Laboratories

Law school: University of Wisconsin Law School Schumacher left Schiff Hardin LLP in 1990 to work in-house as litigation counsel at Abbott Laboratories. She later took on the general counsel role at biopharmaceutical company AbbVie Inc., which had spun off from Abbott's pharmaceutical business....

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