Vice President, Assistant General Counsel - Retail

Date:  Jan 21, 2022
Property:  110 INNOVATION (0009)

Irvine, CA, 92617

Division:  Legal-Risk Mgmt (Legal_Risk)
Req ID:  39057

Position Summary:

The Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, Retail will be responsible for drafting and negotiating lease agreements for the Retail Division of the Irvine Company, a diversified, privately held real-estate investment company and master-planner. This position will also provide as needed support for the other functions performed by the Retail Legal team.  The successful candidate will be based in the Company’s Retail divisional offices.

Job Duties:

  • Prepare, negotiate, re-draft and finalize retail lease agreements and related documents for new tenants leasing space within the Retail  portfolios
  • Throughout the lease drafting process, work in close coordination with leasing, construction, and other stakeholder representatives within the Division to facilitate timely execution of lease agreements
  • Key functions include (i) preparation and delivery of initial lease draft, using approved deal term sheet and Legal Department lease forms and ancillary provisions, (ii) corresponding directly with tenant’s representative or counsel to solicit and respond to tenant comments, (iii) preparation and delivery of all subsequent lease re-drafts, (iv) delivery of execution documents to the tenant, either by written or electronic signature, and (v) implementation of effective processes that communicate documentation status to other key Divisional team members
  • Other Divisional Legal functions that may require support include (i) final legal review and/or execution of Retail leases, amendments or other documents, (ii) preparation and/or review of ancillary leasing documents, such as letters of intent, confidentiality agreements and memoranda of leases, and (iii) review of existing lease documents to answer operational or leasing issues

Minimum Qualifications / Other Expectations:



Skills and Experience Requirements:

  • Licensed attorney with a minimum 8 years of experience representing clients in sophisticated real estate leasing transactions, with significant leasing experience involving national or regional retail tenants
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in private practice, at a leading law firm, preferred
  • Broad exposure to other real estate transactional matters preferred
  • Outstanding writing skills, with an emphasis on clarity and accuracy
  • Excellent customer service skills and a passion to help others
  • Practical and results oriented approach coupled with analytical rigor
  • Ability to organize and manage multiple matters simultaneously 
  • communicating with internal clients and delivering timely results
  • Ability to be a self-starter and work independently
  • Strong critical thinking and decision-making skills
  • Excellent analytical and communication skills
  • Strong computer proficiency in Google and Microsoft Word
  • Ability to develop proficiencies in other computer-based technologies used Company-wide, such as Salesforce and Legal Tracker
  • Ability to quickly adapt and embrace new work-based technologies that are adopted by the Company from time to time

Education and Certification Requirements:

  • Graduate of a nationally recognized law school
  • Admitted to California Bar

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Competitive base salary and bonus
  • Health care insurance, 401K, etc.
  • Three weeks paid vacation annually

About Us:
Irvine Company is a privately held real estate investment company and master-planner committed to creating and sustaining communities that thrive for generations.

Irvine Company is respected for its master planning and environmental stewardship of the Irvine Ranch in Orange County, including diversified operations throughout coastal California. Irvine Company brings to life neighborhoods and sustainable communities with a full range of housing, jobs, retail centers, schools, parks and open space.

We take as much pride in our employee community as we do the communities we create. It’s an environment populated with talented and experienced people, a collaborative spirit and abundant opportunities.

Apply today to join our employee community, and learn more about Irvine Company, our legacy and our guiding principles.

Irvine Company is committed to providing equal opportunity in all of our employment practices, including selection, hiring, promotion, transfer, compensation, termination, and training, without regard to race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, marital status, pregnancy, age, medical condition, genetic information, military and veteran status, disability, or any other basis protected by federal, state, and local law. Reasonable accommodation is available for qualified individuals with disabilities, upon request.

Nearest Major Market: Irvine California
Nearest Secondary Market: Los Angeles

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