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The Senior Associate Counsel Real Estate will report to the Senior Vice President, Associate General Counsel - Development Law and will be primarily responsible for work on Company’s acquisition and development of new restaurant properties and the disposition of existing real estate development properties. This position manages or assists in managing a team consisting of one or more paralegals and/or administrative support personnel in the areas of New Restaurant Development and provides proactive legal counsel in matters related to survey, title, environmental, due diligence, construction and other commercial real estate matters.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Negotiates, drafts and reviews purchase agreements and leases related to the acquisition of new restaurant development properties and the disposition of existing restaurant development properties and excess land
Provides supervision, review and advice related to survey, title, environmental, due diligence, construction and other commercial real estate matters
Interacts with Development senior leaders on commercial real estate matters
Applies innovative problem-solving skills and business judgment to assist the Company in maximizing revenue opportunities, managing risks and fostering business relationships in its commercial real estate dealings
Assists Senior Vice President – Development Law in special projects and other work related to the company’s real estate assets and real estate development activities
Manages or assists in managing a team consisting of one or more legal assistants and administrative support personnel
Assists Senior Vice President – Development Law in developing team members by supporting training, development, and other professional growth opportunities; assists in managing individual and team performance through coaching, feedback, and performance management discussions calibrated across the law department
Other duties, as assigned
REQUIRED TECHNICAL SKILLS:
Minimum 8-10 years of in-house or law firm experience as a commercial real estate attorney with emphasis on commercial real estate transactions and development work, including commercial leasing
Active member of at least one state bar that enables admission to practice as in-house counsel in Florida
Juris Doctor degree from an ABA accredited law school
OTHER KEY QUALIFICATIONS:
Must have the ability to build and maintain strong relationships with superiors, peers, subordinates and outside counsel
Must have a proven track record demonstrating the ability to independently make decisions regarding complex legal and corporate issues.
Excellent project management, writing, research, communication, organizational and problem solving skills
Demonstrated strong initiative and ability to handle multiple projects/roles requiring the collaboration of multiple functional groups
Proven team orientation skills working on a multidisciplinary team in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
Possess “business acumen” with ability to understand the company's business and anticipate legal issues that could arise in various settings
Ability to move agreements forward quickly in order to meet critical business objectives in a fast-paced, sometimes unpredictable environment
Darden is a restaurant company featuring a portfolio of differentiated brands that include Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen, Yard House, The Capital Grille, Seasons 52, Bahama Breeze and Eddie V's. Our people equal our success, and we are proud to employ 165,000 team members in more than 1,600 restaurants. Together, we create memorable experiences for 380 million guests each year in communities across North America.