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Biography PhotoBrian J. Smith
Senior Vice President and Special Counsel

Brian J. Smith serves as senior vice president and special counsel for Hospira, Inc.

Smith has led Hospira’s legal team since its inception in 2004, serving as senior vice president and general counsel until 2013, when he assumed the role of chief legal officer. He assumed his current role in 2014.

Prior to Hospira, Smith held various positions at Abbott Laboratories in the Legal Division, including domestic and international areas of law.

From 1979 to 1984, he performed legal work for Abbott's Hospital Products Division, Specialty Products Division (SPD) and Corporate Engineering Division. In 1984, he was promoted to division counsel and managed the legal work for the Abbott Diagnostics Division and the Pharmaceutical Products Division (PPD), as well as TAP Pharmaceutical Products (TAP). In 1991, he began managing international legal work for Abbott's businesses in Europe, Latin America, Pacific Asia and Africa.

In October 1995, Smith was appointed divisional vice president, Domestic Legal Operations. In this position, he managed U.S. legal work for Global Pharmaceutical Research and Development, PPD, SPD, and TAP, as well as the following corporate areas: human resources, corporate engineering, real estate, employment and labor, benefits and corporate securities matters. In addition, he served as assistant secretary for Abbott and secretary to The Clara Abbott Foundation, the Employee Benefit Board of Review and TAP.

Smith earned a bachelor's degree in political science at Bradley University in 1973, and a juris doctorate from the University of Michigan in 1976. He is a member of the Illinois and American Bar Associations