Job Description

Art Van Furniture, the Midwest’s premier furniture retailer and one of America’s top 20 furniture retailers, is seeking an attorney to join our expanding legal department to focus on real estate matters. 

In this role, reporting to the Vice President – General Counsel, you will be responsible for preparing real estate leases, purchase agreements and related documents, and negotiating transactions with opposing counsel.  The responsibilities include: 

  • Drafting, interpreting and negotiating real estate lease documents, including, but not limited to, Leases, Amendments, Subleases and Assignments
  • Drafting and reviewing Estoppels and SNDAs, Commencement Letters and other general correspondence, as needed
  • Reviewing title reports and obtaining title policies and endorsements
  • Drafting construction contracts
  • Updating real estate portfolio in Cloud Based Lease Administration Software with renewals, expirations, and other lease-related information
  • Coordinating activities, providing information, and answering lease-related questions for other departments (Accounting, Real Estate, Property Management and Construction and Design)
  • Consulting with and advising in-house personnel on the interpretation and enforcement of various contracts
  • Involvement with due diligence process related to mergers and acquisitions
  • Preparing, reviewing, and editing various business-related contracts
  • Performing legal research on a variety of legal issues
  • Improving and streamlining existing practices using current technology
  • Performing other legal work as assigned 

The Position Requires:

  • JD degree from an accredited law school and license to practice in Michigan
  • 3-4 years of commercial real estate experience, particularly in commercial leasing practices
  • Experience in creating, revising and negotiating general business contracts 
  • Project management in a corporate environment a plus
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Aptitude to learn  and utilize Lease Administration software such as AMTdirect
  • Self-Starter with the drive to see tasks through completion 

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