Job Description

Job Title: Assistant Counsel
Job ID: 727630
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Hours: Monday thru Friday 8-5
Shift: Day Job
Facility: UPMC Health Plan
Department: Health Policy
Location: 600 Grant St, Pittsburgh PA 15219


A world-renowned health care provider and insurer, Pittsburgh-based UPMC is inventing new models of accountable, cost-effective, patient-centered care. It provides more than $900 million a year in benefits to its communities, including more care to the region’s most vulnerable citizens than any other health care institution.

As Assistant Council, you will provide effective legal counsel by assisting in meeting the legal needs of a large, diverse health care financing and delivery system.


  • Apply general legal knowledge in the following areas, among others: federal and state health care laws and regulations (e.g. Medicare, Medicaid, licensure, accreditation, malpractice liability, medical staff, patient care law, behavioral health, guardianships, etc.), corporate law, taxation, real estate, labor and employment, antitrust, insurance, commercial and finance; and apply specialized legal knowledge in one or more of such areas.
  • Apply legal knowledge, analysis and judgment to identify alternative approaches and their relative merits and recommend solutions to legal problems, including daily issues as well as more complex issues.
  • Assist senior UPMC attorneys and/or outside counsel in either highly complex litigation or highly complex business transactions.
  • Independently, but subject to general supervision and oversight of Senior Associate Counsel and VP, and other senior UPMC attorneys, provide legal counsel and legal services as identified below to UPMC's corporate departments and to those UPMC hospitals (including CHP and UPMC Mercy), divisions and business units to which the Assistant Counsel is assigned, which shall include interaction as necessary with senior leadership of such areas.
  • Perform special project assignments for the Executive Vice President UPMC & Chief Legal Officer
  • Provide counsel to managers and staff throughout UPMC and address and resolve legal issues as they arise on a daily basis, such as in the areas of regulatory and patient care law. Conduct legal research and perform legal analysis.
  • Provide guidance with respect to contractual arrangements and prepare contractual and other legal documentation.
  • Review and recommend changes to corporate policy to ensure compliance with legal requirements.
  • Under general supervision and guidance of more senior UPMC attorneys, responsible for one or more of the following: Providing legal counsel and legal services to UPMC corporate and business units in moderately complex business arrangements; Representing UPMC business units in legal proceeding of moderate complexity or significance (hearings and appellate proceedings before arbitrators, administrative agencies, orphans court and magistrates): Monitoring outside counsel with respect to moderately complex business arrangements or litigation.


  • J.D. Degree required.
  • Minimum 5 years experience as a practicing attorney, including significant experience in health law or another relevant specialty, such as employment law or litigation.
  • Five years of managed care or insurance experience preferred.  
  • Pennsylvania license or obtain such license within six (6) months of date-of-hire required.
  • Must demonstrate ability to independently handle unique, sensitive and moderately complex legal matters, with minimal supervision and oversight.
  • Ability to apply legal knowledge, analysis and judgment to address moderately complex legal problems arising in the organization.

    Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • Pennsylvania Attorneys License

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer
Minority/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

Salary Range: $44.91 to $76.28 / hour

Union Position: No

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