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Assistant General Counsel, Real Estate & Corporate Operations
American Realty Advisors
March 23, 2018
Los Angeles, California
Full Time - Assistant GC
10+ years experience
Corporate, Corporate Generalist, Real Estate
The Assistant General Counsel, Real Estate & Corporate Operations will serve in a highly visible capacity as the lead corporate and litigation counsel reporting to the General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer.
This role will have primary responsibility for all corporate matters including litigation, employee relations, risk management, contracts, and entity formation and maintenance. As the legal team is small and the company is fast-moving, the Assistant General Counsel, Real Estate & Corporate Operations should expect to handle a wide variety of issues, including negotiation and drafting of commercial agreements.
This position will support all areas of the firm and work directly with the members of senior management and each department including, Asset Management, Portfolio Management, Human Resources, and Accounting on a variety of operational and administrative matters. The position requires an individual with a high degree of personal accountability, attention to detail, problem-solving skills, and ability to manage multiple moving parts efficiently.
The Assistant General Counsel, Real Estate & Corporate Operations will work closely with members of the Management Committee, Investment Committee, Operations Committee, and the Chairman & CEO in the operations and administration of the firm.
Oversee legal issues related to insurance coverage disputes and resulting litigation.
Negotiate and draft investment management agreements with new clients.
Supervise firm activities to ensure compliance with existing investment agreements including legal oversight of required periodic reporting to clients.
Negotiate service contract terms and ensure continued compliance with contractual obligations with the firm’s key service providers.
Manage ARA’s contracts including renewal versus termination decisions; responsible for legal input on the E&O/D&O insurance renewal and policy review.
Provide strategic guidance on tenant default matters, including tenant bankruptcy, and to outside counsel pursuing eviction matters, seeking possession and monetary judgments.
Oversee the selection of outside counsel and manage the direction taken by counsel on asset-related matters. Negotiate engagement letters. Manage and monitor outside counsel scope of work, billings, and quality of legal services provided.
Supervise ARA’s corporate formalities and outside counsel in the formation and maintenance in good standing of over 100 entities formed to hold title to real estate. Review authorizing resolutions for acquisitions, dispositions, loan transactions, and ensure timely dissolutions of entities no longer needed.
Provide legal oversight of ongoing REIT compliance for several REITs under ARA’s management; oversee the formation of new REITs as needed.
Offer guidance on employment law matters to ensure compliance with new and existing laws; oversee human resource matters involving the firm’s employees including employee-related litigation.
Assist with the training and education of firm personnel on certain issues outside of the area of Compliance.
Assist senior leadership in the administration and operation of ARA, including the various segments of the firm’s real estate investments.
Juris Doctorate from a top-tier law school.
A member (in good standing) of the California State Bar.
Eight to fifteen years of experience in the legal field with demonstration of increase responsibilities over time.
Prior work experience with a major law firm and in an in-house legal role is preferred, particularly within a professional services environment.
Position requires someone who is self-reliant, self-confident, adaptable and flexible.
Must be able to work effectively on teams and individually
Must be open to critical feedback and learn from it and adjust course.
This position thrives on challenge and significant responsibility.
Possess strong drafting and negotiating skills.
Proven ability to handle confidential information with discretion.
Strong organizational skills that reflect the ability to perform and prioritize multiple tasks seamlessly with excellent attention to detail.
Ability to build relationships with stakeholders, including staff, external partners, clients and other industry professionals.
Excellent writing, spelling and grammar skills.
Capable of proactive problem solving and sound decision-making.
Highly resourceful team-player, with the ability to be independently effective.
Adaptable to various competing demands and desire to demonstrate the highest level of responsiveness and client service.
Forward-looking thinker who actively seeks opportunities and proposes solutions to current and future business needs.
Exceptionally well organized, detail-oriented, self-starter, analytical, technical, and resourceful.
Disciplined and ability to strictly monitor and adhere to detailed processes relating to due diligence.
Strong writing and oral communication skills.
Demonstrated interpersonal skills and ability to interact with diverse personality types to contribute to a positive team-oriented work environment.
Ability to work well under pressure with compressed project time frames.
Position type: This position is considered exempt under the Federal Labor Standards Act.
Expected work hours: 8:30 to 5:30, Monday through Friday. There are evenings and weekends where responses to communication are necessary although it is not mandatory to be in the office those evenings and weekends.
Travel: May be required to drive a personal vehicle for business (on occasion).
Work environment and physical demands: General office environment includes periods of sitting at a computer, standing at a copier and carrying files.
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties responsibilities and activities may change at any time with, or without, notice.
American Realty Advisors is committed to equal employment opportunity. We do not discriminate based on an individual's race, sex, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, registered domestic partner status, veteran status, sexual orientation, age, gender identity, genetic characteristics, or any other basis prohibited by law. This policy governs all aspects of employment at American Realty Advisors, including hiring, assignments, training, promotion, compensation, employee benefits, employee discipline and discharge, and all other terms and conditions of employment.
ARA considers for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance No. 184652.
About American Realty Advisors
ARA is a premier investment manager of institutional quality commercial real estate portfolios focused on providing superior risk-adjusted returns for our clients and investors, consistent with the objectives defined by their investment guidelines