Real Estate Counsel

Secaucus, NJ
Full Time
Practice Areas: Commercial Real Estate, Leasing Job #: R000010407 Exp.: 5+ Years
Job Summary:
This position will be responsible for executing the legal function of the real estate department (known internally as “Store Development”).

Key Accountabilities:
  • Negotiate, draft, and review retail leases (with a focus on retail store leases in U.S. and Canada), lease amendments, lease restructurings, termination agreements, construction exhibits and other real estate contracts, lease action documentation and related real estate documentation (e.g., estoppels, SNDAs, letters of intent, default letters and other Landlord/Tenant correspondences).
  • Provide ad-hoc legal counsel on all real estate related matters, including interpretation and analysis existing agreements disputes and strategy.
  • Manage a high volume of leases, and in a highly organized and professional manner; able to work well in a collegial but fast-paced environment and to collaborate with intra-departmental and cross-departmental business partners as well as outside brokers, consultants and attorneys.
  • Manage and act as liaison with outside counsel for more complex real estate issues and negotiations, and manage junior legal professional(s).

Education and Experience:
  • Juris doctorate from an accredited law school
  • Licensed to practice in New Jersey
  • 5+ years of experience of relevant leasing and commercial real estate legal experience with a law firm and/or in-house (retail experience a plus)

Skills and Behaviors:
  • Proven ability to independently, and on a “first-chair” basis, structure, draft, negotiate, manage and close sophisticated leasing transactions.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and strong negotiation ability, with an eye toward pragmatic, mutually beneficial outcomes.
  • Excellent interpersonal and client management skills, with an ability to inspire confidence and trust with a variety of clients and business partners.
  • Proven ability to handle stressful situations, a high-volume workload, and provide client service in a calm and professional manner
  • Flexibility and strong analytic and problem-solving ability
  • Ability to work both independently and within a team environment
  • A dedication and commitment to practicing law in a fast-paced, team-focused environment
  • Knowledge of cost-effective management of outside legal resources
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Ability to work towards multiple deadlines with shifting priorities
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail

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