Senior Paralegal (Real Estate)
The primary purpose of this role is to be responsible for collaborating with vice presidents, associate general counsels, other attorneys, and key stakeholders to deliver strategic solutions to the company through managing commercial real estate transactions, property management, contract negotiations, settlements, and broad scope regulatory and due diligence reviews. This includes responsibility for conducting and coordinating legal research and analyzing results, developing benchmarking information, leading department process improvement initiatives, mentoring department Paralegals, developing and delivering training to department and business unit employees, and drafting, reviewing, and editing legal documents, memoranda, and communications. This role also identifies opportunities for increased efficiency, investigates alternative courses of action and keeps abreast of the evolving regulatory landscape affecting the company. The incumbent is required to apply highly specialized legal skills and experience to successfully manage matters in assigned complex legal practice areas which primarily includes Commercial Real Estate and/or Complex Transactions, but may also include: Intellectual Property, Compliance, Information Technology, Privacy, Complex Litigation, Labor and Employment, Patents and Trademarks, Mergers and Acquisitions, Securities, Corporate Governance, and/or International Law.
- Works directly with attorneys and business stakeholders on complex real estate transactions, compliance matters, property management and due diligence matters, or issues in the legal environment relating to the practice group the Senior Paralegal supports (e.g., landlord-tenant disputes or claims, issues related to land title and survey, land use and environmental regulations, contract negotiations, systems reviews, property administration, quality assurance, alternative dispute resolution (ADR), contract performance analysis, and/or contractor performance evaluation).
- Drafts legal documents and correspondence (e.g., agreements, legal memoranda) by incorporating language based on transaction-specific details using input from client meetings where they have gathered and explored transaction details needed to assess the types of documents required to advance and protect the interests of the enterprise.
- Reviews, analyzes, and performs large scale broad legal research, due diligence, benchmarking, and fact-gathering relevant to projects involving internal stakeholders and outside counsel to determine applicability and impact to Lowe’s and to recommend action on problem situations arising from transactional matters.
- Works on highly complex and sensitive legal projects having global enterprise-wide impact (e.g. researching, interpreting and analyzing contractual and statutory language, and developing procedural solutions that ensure compliance with legal landscape while minimally affecting the business).
- Negotiates contract deal terms and other terms and conditions (e.g., settlement agreements) consistent with Lowe’s legal practices and procedures
- Monitors post-deal terms and industry trends to identify potential gaps and develop risk mitigating solutions.
- Coordinates with internal business stakeholders and outside counsel to address issues arising from executed agreements and recommends actions based on training and experience to resolve disputes.
- Acts as Lowe’s liaison with outside counsel and internal business stakeholders and develops close working relationships with these stakeholders to develop legal briefings for business clients.
- Performs highly specialized assignments based on assigned practice area including ensuring compliance with contracts, conducting broad scale highly complex 50-state reviews, analyzing and drafting documents, conducting privileged audits, etc.
- Identifies opportunities for increased efficiency within the Department and develops and implements revised processes that reduce waste and ensure resources are effectively and efficiently utilized.
- Develops and delivers training programs on legal process and compliance issues to internal department stakeholders and external clients.
- Analyzes complex internal datasets, identifies trends, and makes recommendations on actionable strategies to mitigate enterprise risk and reduce legal costs.
- Factual investigation into sensitive matters, including client or third party interviews or document/electronic research; preparation of work product on findings and recommended follow-up actions.
- Associate's Degree and 6 years Experience working in a corporate legal department or law firm OR
- Bachelor's Degree and 2 years Experience working in a corporate legal department or law firm
- 4 years Experience multi-tasking and handling large volumes of work
- 2 years Experience working with complex legal concepts and/or on broad-scope legal research projects
- 2 years Experience interpreting complex laws, regulations, rules and standard operating procedures AND making recommendations to stakeholders based on analysis
- Ability to learn, understand, conduct, and analyze legal research
- Proficiency in MS Suite
- 5 years Experience drafting legal documents that require moderate to extensive customization
- 5 years Experience synthesizing large bodies of legal and broad-scope regulatory research
- 2 years Experience creating and memorializing efficient and waste-reducing processes
- State-designated paralegal certification or Paralegal Certificate
- Retail Experience
- Experience with matter management systems
Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) is a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company serving more than 18 million customers a week in the United States, Canada and Mexico. With fiscal year 2018 sales of $71.3 billion, Lowe’s and its related businesses operate or service more than 2,200 home improvement and hardware stores and employ approximately 300,000 associates. Founded in 1946 and based in Mooresville, N.C., Lowe’s supports its hometown Charlotte region and all communities it serves through programs focused on safe, affordable housing and careers in the skilled trades. For more information, visit Lowes.com.
Lowe’s is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer and administers all personnel practices without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, veteran status, genetics or any other category protected under applicable law.