Making it Stick: How to Provide Legal Advice that Influences Business Decisions

Joshua Axelrod, Corporate Counsel, Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Inc., USA

As attorneys, determining the most risk-averse legal advice to give to our business partners often comes naturally. After all, we have both academic and professional experience in considering legal questions. But as in-house attorneys, we also need to build credibility and trust with our partners in other company functions and departments to ensure that our legal advice permeates both the business and the many multifaceted and complex decisions our business partners make. These require a diverse and versatile skill set that goes well beyond legal research and analysis.

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USA Management Pharmaceutical April 2018 Vol.11, No. 43, Spring 2018

Joshua Axelrod


Josh is Corporate Counsel for Jazz Pharmaceuticals, where he has been the lead legal and compliance counsel for the Hematology/Oncology, Sleep, and Pain Business Units, R&D, Corporate Affairs, and Market Intelligence. Josh created and leads the Best Practices and Optimization Platform, designed to achieve corporate objectives, demonstrate leadership, and develop leaders by working through the organization for the success of the company.

Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Inc.


Jazz Pharmaceuticals is an international biopharmaceutical company focused on improving patients’ lives by identifying, developing, and commercializing meaningful products that address unmet medical needs.

USA Management Pharmaceutical April 2018 Vol.11, No. 43, Spring 2018

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