Darnell Clayborn

Darnell Clayborn, Esq.

Counsel at Abbie

Alma Mater: University of Illinois College of Law

Darnell is an attorney for AbbVie, a pharmaceutical company headquartered in North Chicago. There, he advises business development teams on mergers, acquisitions, strategic alliances, collaborations, and venture capital transactions. Prior to joining AbbVie, Darnell was a corporate associate in Katten’s Chicago office. Darnell earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Central Arkansas, his master’s from the University of Pittsburgh, and his law degree from the University of Illinois.

Get to Know Darnell

Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give your 21-year-old self?

Effort and a smile can take you far.

If you weren’t in your current job, what would be your dream job?

Real estate investor and day trader.

Name one song you listened to “on repeat” over the past 12 months and why it resonated with you.

Motivation – T.I. Something about the song gets my juices flowing in the morning.

What about your upbringing led to your success as an attorney? 

My parents telling me that I can do anything I put my mind to.