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Reporting to the General Counsel, the Corporate Counsel is responsible for the legal support of the Construction Department, including oversight of the Contract Administrator and parallel non-legal staff members, and preparing, reviewing, and negotiating construction contracts and all other corporate contracts on behalf of the company. The Corporate Counsel will also research and analyze statutes and case law regarding contract issues, real estate, and construction-related questions that arise during the course of business practice. The position requires an abundance of communication, both written and verbal, with a wide variety of people throughout the company and third parties. The Corporate Counsel must exhibit strong commitment to the service needs of the internal and external customer and represent the company in a professional and courteous manner.
Essential Job Functions:
Reviewing and negotiating terms in construction and corporate contracts with third parties to ensure compliance with company standards and to identify and mitigate potential liability issues.
Researching and analyzing statutes and case law regarding contract issues, ADA, construction and real estate that arise in the course of business practice. Advising on legal risks and, working with employees in all departments, continually assisting to improve company practices and policies to provide effective solutions.
Coordinating with and managing outside counsel as needed.
Keeping abreast of legislative changes that may affect the company and its operations, and evaluating for continual improvement.
Partnering with the company’s Construction Department to evaluate current and future construction and contract policies for legal liability issues and effectively communicating potential company liability to necessary parties.
Other duties as assigned.
Juris Doctorate Degree
Member of a state bar, with a license in good standing
3-5 years’ experience in the legal practice, with 2-3 years in a law firm setting required
Legal knowledge and experience in the areas of Construction and Contract Law
Ability to travel as needed to meet the needs of the business
Proficient in MS Office Suite
Contract negotiating and management skills/experience
Legal research and strong written communication skills
Knowledge of ADA, UCC, Fair Housing and other laws impacting the multifamily ownership, management and construction industries preferred
Regulatory compliance knowledge helpful
Strong organizational and communication skills
Ability to prepare presentation material and speak in front of large groups of people
Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment
Ability to work with a diverse group of people and customers
Work Schedule: 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday, or as needed to meet business needs.
About BH Management Services
BH Companies is among the largest multifamily owner/operators in the United States--operating in over 20 states with approximately 2,200 employees and a portfolio of approximately 80,000 units. BH Companies consists of BH Management Services, a property management company, BH Equities, a real estate acquisition firm, and BH Construction Services, a design and construction company. BH Companies is committed to creating value by acquiring, improving and managing apartment communities with the goal of maximizing asset value for its partners.