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Associate General Counsel - General Practice & Litigation
May 30, 2018
Full Time - Other
5-7 years experience
The Legal Department of GGP Inc. ("GGP") seeks to expand its litigation practice with an Associate General Counsel at our Corporate office in Chicago, IL.
GGP is a leading real estate investment trust (REIT) that owns and operates high-quality retail properties that provide an engaging experience in an outstanding environment. Our regional shopping centers are destinations for retail, lifestyle, dining, entertainment and so much more. We are an S&P 500 company, headquartered in Chicago, with retail properties in 40 states spanning from Hawaii to Maine. At GGP, values matter. Our passionate team is comprised of experts across a range of specialties that share a goal to ensure our properties are continuously evolving and innovating to meet the needs of our communities. Our company culture celebrates collaboration, encourages an entrepreneurial spirit and values diversity. We are very proud to retain premier talent who are in it to win it. We invite you to be part of our success story.
GGP’s Legal Department serves a varied client base across the organization. The Department offers a broad range of in-house legal expertise in a collegial atmosphere, making GGP an outstanding place to partner with clients and practice sophisticated commercial law.
We are seeking an eager, experienced, and exceptional business litigator to oversee a busy docket of litigation, disputed matters, and business counseling assignments. Under the direction of GGP’s head of litigation, this position serves internal clients across a wide range of departments—e.g., leasing, collections, asset management, development, human resources, investments, and accounting.
Manage a portfolio of litigation arising out of the company’s business operations, including, but not limited to, landlord-tenant matters, real estate transactional disputes, land use and development competition issues, partnership/joint venture conflicts, contract disputes, infringement, employment matters, and regulatory compliance.
Provide day-to-day legal advice, counsel, and recommendations to internal clients on legal issues that arise out of business operations with an aim toward minimizing legal risk.
Select, retain, and manage the activities of outside counsel, including legal fee budgets, staffing, and case management; review and edits briefs, affidavits, discovery responses, and material correspondence; develop settlement strategy; and negotiate settlements.
Make strategic recommendations on case strategy in coordination with business partners, outside counsel, and Legal Department management, taking business objectives into account. Keep appropriate parties apprised of case developments.
Prepare, distribute and monitor legal hold memoranda; develop and oversee e-discovery strategy and activity.
Provide analysis of potential legal risks; analyze claims, gather facts, interview participants, review key documents; and prepare memoranda. Provide reporting to management and external auditors. Coordinate with internal insurance coverage counsel as applicable.
Draft and respond to demand letters and prepare statements of the Company’s position. Prepare and deliver written and oral presentations to internal clients.
Ensure that the organization conducts business in compliance with applicable laws and regulations; assist in determining and enforcing company policy regarding legal issues. Identify areas of training, and develop and conduct internal training on legal topics of special interest to the business.
Other duties as assigned.
J.D. from a leading law school with proven academic success.
Member of Illinois Bar.
A minimum of 6 years of relevant, substantive legal experience, preferably with at least 3 years of experience at a law firm. Prior in-house experience highly preferred.
Hands on experience managing all aspects of general commercial / business litigation matters is a must; real estate transactional litigation experience is desirable; and construction and development / land use litigation experience is a plus. Experience with budgeting and basic accounting concepts is also a plus.
Extremely strong oral and written communication skills (writing sample required). Strong analytical abilities.
Outstanding client management skills with an ability to inspire confidence and trust.
Ability to handle stressful situations, a heavy and diverse case load, and provide customer service in a calm and professional manner.
Low-ego collaborative style with a bias toward well-informed action.
Excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and interface with people at all levels by virtue of professional competence, personal integrity and personal style.
Flexibility in terms of working independently and within a team.
Enthusiasm for taking on and mastering new tasks and skills in unfamiliar areas of the law.
Strong organizational skills and proven ability to independently manage multiple tasks and priorities in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
GGP is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.
About GGP Inc.
GGP is an S&P 500 real estate company focused exclusively on owning, managing, leasing, and redeveloping high-quality retail properties throughout the United States. Our mission is to own and operate best-in-class retail properties that provide an outstanding environment and experience for our communities, retailers, employees, consumers, and shareholders. We promote long-term success by adhering to a set of common values.