JOHNS HOPKINS-Senior Counsel: Commercial & Business Transactions


The prestigious & world renowned Johns Hopkins Health System is searching for a Senior Counsel for Commercial & Business Transactions.  Working as an experienced member of the JHHS legal team, this business attorney will focus on general business & commercial transactions and software related agreements.  From drafting and negotiating agreements, to executing vendor contracts for purchase and sale of medical equipment, devices to software licensing, consulting agreements and general commercial business transactions, this experienced attorney will work with a team that provides the legal expertise that both protects and furthers the interests of JHHS.  This role supports client groups within JHHS by providing practical legal advice and recommendations on day to day legal issues enabling the client to meet its objectives.  The ideal candidate is a business minded commercial attorney who understands business objectives and helps balance legal risks under tight deadlines.  A general understanding of the health care regulatory environment as it applies to business transactions (e.g., applicable Stark tax and anti-kickback rules) is critical.

Excited by working in Baltimore with accomplished clinicians and the prestigious Johns Hopkins family, this individual will rapidly become a critical transactional resource for the legal and operational teams.  This hands-on, client-centered attorney will bring strong people skills and a significant understanding of commercial law.

Essential to the position are superior interpersonal and writing skills, an interest in having a broad-based practice, an interest in and ability to learn new areas of the law, an ability to manage effectively in a high volume practice and a passion for doing so in a collaborative, team based culture.


Founded in 1867, Johns Hopkins remains a world leader in teaching, patient care, and research.  From the 1889 opening of The Johns Hopkins Hospital, to the opening of the School of Medicine four years later, there emerged the concept of combining research, teaching and patient care. This model, the first of its kind, would lead to a national and international reputation for excellence and discovery.

Located in Baltimore, Maryland, the health system includes six hospitals: The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Howard County General Hospital, Suburban Hospital, Sibley Memorial Hospital (Washington, D.C.) and All Children’s Hospital (St. Petersburg, Florida).  These not-for-profit hospitals offer inpatient and outpatient health services that include general medicine, emergency/trauma care, pediatrics, maternity care, senior care and numerous specialized areas of medicine.

Johns Hopkins Community Physicians provides primary care at 39 locations throughout Maryland and the Washington DC-area. The health system organization also provides home health care services and operates outpatient surgery and imaging centers throughout the area.

Today, Johns Hopkins uses one overarching name—Johns Hopkins Medicine—to identify its entire integrated global health care enterprise. This $7.7 billion system unites the physicians and scientists of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine with the health professionals and facilities that make up the broad, integrated Johns Hopkins Health System.


The Johns Hopkins Health System Corporation Legal Department

The Legal Department of The Johns Hopkins Health System is led by General Counsel, G. Daniel Shealer, Jr. Under his direction, the Department, which consists of approximately 30 attorneys, strives to meet the following mission:

“The mission and purpose of the Johns Hopkins Health System Legal Department is to ensure the health system operates in accordance with the applicable laws and regulations and support the mission, vision and values of the health system.  The Legal Department provides high quality legal and strategic advice in support of our clients’ mission and strategic priorities.  We serve our clients with an uncompromising commitment to service excellence and responsiveness.”

The department is organized into the following practice groups:

  • Corporate/Real Estate/International Attorneys
    Responsible for negotiation of corporate transactions and preparation of documents and agreements related to business, corporate, and real estate matters, including international transactions
  • Employment Attorneys
    Responsible for interpretation of and compliance with various employment laws and regulations and collective bargaining agreements and advice on design and content of employment related agreements and policies
  • Information Technology and Commercial Transactions Attorneys
    Responsible for review, analysis and negotiation of all types of agreements related to technology, intellectual property and general commercial transactions (*The Group within which this position practices)
  • Risk Management, Patient Care and Medical Staff Attorneys
    Responsible for legal advice regarding patient care, medical staff, and ethics issues
  • Claims and Litigation Attorneys
    Responsible for advice on matters related to Johns Hopkins Medicine professional liability and general liability claims and risk management issues


  • Minimum of eight (8) to ten (10) years of experienced legal practice in general healthcare business transactions
  • Experience in managing, drafting and negotiating a variety of complex agreements.
  • Competence and knowledge in:
    High dollar vendor transactions such as:

    • Medical device procurement
    • Pharmaceutical purchases
    • Food and EVS services
    • Large capital maintenance agreements
    • Services agreements
  • Technology transactions including a variety of licensing arrangements such as Software as a service
  • Commercial Law
  • Basic knowledge of HIPAA and data privacy related issues
  • Ability to draft documentations of substantial complexity combined with a track record of working effectively in a high volume environment
  • Ability to communicate verbally and in writing, with all levels of Health System personnel, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, patients, visitors & attorneys
  • Track record in maintaining positive, collaborative and effective relationships with peers and internal clients and outside parties.
  • Ability to create templates for use by supply chain contract administrators and continuously seeking ways to improve the forms, processes or systems involved.


  • A results oriented, positive spirit who takes initiative
  • Able to provide practical, focused business advice
  • Creative problem solver
  • Able to manage client expectations and “lead from behind”
  • Strong relationship building skills
  • Personable and collaborative
  • Self-confident, outgoing and  collegial
  • An interest in & ability to learn new areas of the law
  • A team player with superior listening skills
  • Integrity of the highest order
  • A desire and ability to relocate to the Baltimore area


A Juris Doctor degree from an accredited law school

Required: Member in good standing of the Maryland Bar or eligible for & successfully completes:

The one-day (3 hour) Out-of-State Attorney Examination which  is available for any attorney who is a member of the Bar of a state, has passed a written bar examination in a state, & has specified professional experience may qualify for a special, limited bar examination in Maryland.


  1. Acclimate to the Hopkins culture and department
  2. Is able to immediately provide expert counsel on commercial transactions
  3. Assist with day-to-day issues that arise
  4. Work collaboratively and independently as a member of the  legal team


  • Responsible for matters related to :
    • Drafting, reviewing, analyzing and a variety negotiating agreements
    • Handling commercial transactions (such as consulting services, lab and radiology services agreements, media agreements telecommunications and large medical equipment acquisitions), technology agreements and a broad range of other projects
  • Analyzes and Negotiates Agreements and Business Transactions
    • Negotiates agreements with vendors and/or counsel
    • Reviews and analyzes agreements for compliance with all applicable laws, rules and regulations
    • Draft agreements relating to technology, general and commercial matters
  • Communicates Regarding transactions
    • Drafts written communications to clients
    • Communicates orally at meetings and presentations
  • Provides Client Support
    • Makes efforts to anticipate & resolve client legal issues within an agreed –upon time frame
    • Update clients on relevant changes in the law
  • Manages Staff as assigned
    • Legal secretary,
  • Accepts other projects and assignments as assigned


A market competitive and attractive compensation package will be offered.  Comprehensive benefits are provided.



Our client and The Buffkin/Baker Group firmly support the principle and philosophy of equal opportunity for all individuals, regardless of age, race, gender, creed, national origin, disability, veteran status of any other protected category pursuant to applicable federal, state or local law.



Brenda Doherty


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