Overview

Description

The Real Estate Counsel will provide legal real estate advice to the Development and Operations team, prepare and review project real estate documents, and assist with negotiations with landowners while ensuring that all pertinent legal regulations and Company policies are complied with. You will also supervise Real Estate Paralegals as assigned by the Associate General Counsel.

Main accountabilities: 

Provide legal expertise and support to staff in the development, preparation, execution, and administration of real estate documents for wind and solar power projects
Assist the General Counsel and Associate General Counsel with developing, reviewing, and recommending changes to legal aspects of real estate documents as needed
Prepare and supervise paralegals’ preparation of real estate documents including but not limited to options, option memoranda, purchase and sale agreements, leases, lease memoranda, easements, easement memoranda, assignments, notices of exercise, escrow letters, affidavits, proforma policies and subordination agreements
Participate in the negotiation and completion of various real estate agreements and other contracts including communicating with landowners and their attorneys regarding the execution of real estate documents
Prepare checklists and timelines to coordinate real estate due diligence of purchase and sale activities
Supervise Real Estate Paralegals in their review of title reports, preparation of title schedules to satisfy title requirements, proforma policies, review of land surveys, obtaining of reports from title companies, resolving title issues, and performance of their other job responsibilities
Review pro forma title policies and land surveys and respond to real due diligence questions in connection with project financing
Assist with document compliance by preparing document summaries as requested
Approve real estate documents for execution in accordance with Company policies and procedures
Manage external legal resources as assigned to ensure efficient and effective completion of tasks
Additional duties as required
 

Direct reports:  1

Travel:  up to 10%

Minimum qualifications: 

Juris Doctorate
5 – 10 years in real estate handling title insurance, escrow, and power project legal matters including purchase and sale agreements, options, land leases and easements, operating and administration agreements, financing documents, title insurance policies, general liability policies, land surveys, and general litigation
Licensed to practice law in the state of Texas
Experience representing developers and owners in all aspects of power project legal matters preferred
 

Behavioral requirements: 

Solid background in reviewing title reports and land surveys, including resolving title defects
Strong written and verbal communication skills including solid drafting skills
High attention to detail and strong organizational skills
Ability to travel as needed
Strong coaching, mentoring, analytical, and problem-solving skills
Ability to be self-motivated
Must have high energy i.e. work quickly and produce quality of work over long periods of time
Ability to produce and prepare high volume of documents
Ability to work in a high pressure environment
Strong IT skills with a variety of programs such as Outlook, Word, and Excel
Must be comfortable working with a diverse group of individuals
Exemplary standards of integrity, honor, safety, management, ethics, quality, efficiency, and productivity
 

Physical demands & working conditions: 

Sitting/Standing/Flexibility: Ability to stand and sit for 8 or more hours when in an office environment
Reading:  Ability to read and write English proficiently.  Ability to interpret, deliver,  and follow a variety of instructions furnished in written, verbal, diagram, or schedule form
Lifting: Ability to lift items weighing up to 10 pounds
Vision/Hearing: Ability to interpret and follow a variety of instructions furnished in written, verbal, diagram, or schedule form
Speech: Ability to interpret, deliver, and follow a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form; fluent English verbal and written communication skills
Safety: Ability to understand and communicate safety precautions when necessary

Travel Required
Yes.
Qualifications
Education
Preferred

Doctorate or better.

Experience
Required

5-10 years: up to 10%


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