The Senior Real Estate Paralegal (NRO) will assist the Development Law team in ongoing new restaurant opening matters for the Company’s growing real estate portfolio, which includes over 1,900 operating and under construction restaurants that are owned or leased by the Company. He/she will interface with internal partners and provide general guidance on assigned sites under the supervision of an attorney.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
-Orders title commitments, provides comprehensive review and accurately analyzes various title documents (e.g., easements, restrictive covenants, declarations) and surveys and provides summary, general guidance and follow-up action recommendations to the real estate directors and design and construction teams.
-Uses information obtained through research and legal knowledge to determine rights, responsibilities, issues and/or implications for Darden; identifies, recommends and/or implements appropriate follow-up actions as needed to address issues and/or mitigate risk.
-Drafts, reviews and negotiates ancillary documents related to lease, acquisition and/or disposition transactions, such as Memorandum of Leases, SNDAs, estoppels, amendments, contracts, deeds, affidavits, escrow closing instructions and easements.
-Uses advanced written and verbal communication skills to communicate frequently with various parties (e.g., landlords, outside counsel and government entities) in order to make formal requests, provide information, answer questions and ensure issue resolution; represents Darden through communications; schedules, participates in and/or leads meetings.
-Manages and tracks critical transaction contractual timelines and deadlines.
-Works with the design and construction teams to address construction-related issues.
-Prepares legal descriptions for Notice of Commencements.
-Conducts “Pre-Closing” meetings with the Development teams and prepares meeting notes.
-Tracks and collects various reimbursements (e.g., Landlord reimbursements, tenant improvement allowances and/or construction reimbursements).
-Fields questions from other Darden areas/departments (e.g., Site Development, Design, Construction and Property Accounting), researches answers and provides information and/or guidance.
-Monitors and guides the work of Legal Assistants.
-A Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field or Paralegal Certification is required. *Equivalent education, training and/or experience may be considered.
REQUIRED TECHNICAL SKILLS
-A minimum of 7 years of experience in the commercial real estate area.
OTHER KEY QUALIFICATIONS:
-Excellent analytical, organizational, drafting, negotiation and communication skills.
-Ability to handle multiple projects in a fast-paced environment, prioritize higher value work, monitor and meet shifting deadlines and keep sensitive and/or confidential information.
-Strong multi-tasking and project management skills required.
-Intellectually curious and adaptable to change.
-Works well individually and as part of a team and demonstrates reliability, resourcefulness, a strong work ethic and an ability to collaborate and cooperate with other team members.
-Ability to think critically and strategically and be an active contributor to efforts to achieve team and departmental goals and objectives.
-Proficient in adopting and utilizing existing and new technologies to drive efficiency.
-Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Outlook and Teams).
PREFERRED SKILLS & EXPERIENCE
-Working knowledge of Lucernex (or other, such as Expesite or Tango) real estate project management software a plus.
-Experience in the restaurant/hospitality industry is a plus.