Senior Director of the West Coast Division
Company Profile

Our client is a leading owner, developer, operator and fund manager of first-class real estate around the world. Their successful business model relies on a strong team that is able to execute across many disciplines, integrating acquisitions, development, finance, leasing, design and construction, property management, and portfolio management. The company is active across the United States, Europe, Latin America and Asia, building and managing premier office, residential and retail space in key global markets for industry-leading tenants.

Job Description

The Senior Director will be primarily responsible for providing strategic and commercially-focused legal advice and support related to the company’s Western portfolio, including new transactions. The Senior Counsel will work with the regional offices across all business functions providing analysis, advice, transaction leadership and support. She/he will be experienced at handling all aspects of property acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures, development transactions (from letter of intent to closing) and financings. She/he will also review, negotiate and draft asset level agreements. This position will be an integral part of the “deal making” process where business sense will be as important as legal acumen. This role will report directly to the US General Counsel. Position can be located in San Francisco or Downtown Los Angeles, with a slight preference for San Francisco.

Principal Responsibilities

  • Draft, review and negotiate a wide variety of real estate related agreements, including transaction agreements and related documents.
  • Provide well-reasoned and practical legal advice and counsel in a timely fashion to the legal team, business units and other senior management.
  • Work closely with the legal and business teams in providing world class service to tenants, partners and investors.
  • Work with and supervise outside counsel on various legal matters as appropriate.

Qualifications & Skills

  • 5+ years of significant experience in commercial real estate transactions including acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures, financings and developments gained within a law firm or in-house law department.
  • Must be a strategic thinker and a decisive, trusted advisor with strong attention to detail and ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Experience negotiating and drafting commercial lease transactions.
  • Executive presence and excellent law school credentials are required.


  • Law degree from a top tier U.S. law school
  • Member in good standing of the California bar

Interpersonal Competencies & Success Factors

  • Ability to successfully manage and meet deadlines within a changing, fast-paced environment while remaining cool under pressure.
  • Pragmatic business acumen with the ability to recognize and advise on business consequences related to legal advice.
  • Collaborative team player who works well both independently and in a team environment.
  • Ability to make decisions and operate independently with respect to complex issues and assessment of risk.
  • Mature judgment and gravitas with the ability to build relationships and engender confidence across the company including the regional teams, senior management and other legal team members.
  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal skills and an ability to convey complex legal principles clearly and concisely.
  • Self-starter, with entrepreneurial approach and willingness to roll up your sleeves.


Date Created:
13 Sep 2018
San Francisco, LA - Downtown
Position Function:
In-House Counsel
Practice Area:
Real Estate - Commercial, Real Estate - Finance, Real Estate - Purchase & Sale, In-House - *general, Real Estate - Development, Real Estate - *general, Real Estate - Transactional, Real Estate - Leasing
Years of Experience:
05, 09, 06, 10, 07, 08