Royce R. Bedward serves as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary for Hospira. In this role he is responsible for the company's legal department, including litigation, benefits, labor and employment, intellectual property, governance, securities and transactional matters. One of the founding members of Hospira's legal leadership team, Bedward joined the company at its inception in 2004 as vice president of litigation, assuming roles of increasing responsibility, most recently holding the position of corporate vice president, general counsel and secretary. Prior to the company's spin-off from Abbott Laboratories, Bedward served as Abbott's senior counsel, litigation,where his practice included patent issues related to the Hatch-Waxman Act, defense of investigations, major commercial disputes, product liability matters and arbitrations. Bedward joined Abbott Laboratories in 2002. Bedward began his career as an attorney for the law firm Jenner & Block, where he was ultimately promoted to partner. At the firm, he handled a wide array of complex litigation matters, including fraud and business torts, intellectual property matters, product liability and insurance recovery actions. Bedward received his bachelor's degree in business administration from St. Norbert College and a juris doctorate from the University of Illinois College of Law.