We are looking for an attorney with real estate related transactional and/or litigation experience to join a collaborative and fun legal team. You will work with a cross-functional team of business partners in all aspects of the real estate function.
Comprising of 7 attorneys, 18 legal professionals and 6 administrative assistants, the Real Estate Law team has primary responsibility for legal issues pertaining to a portfolio of approximately 3,700 retail stores and a network of office and supply chain real estate in North America, Asia and Mexico. Its activities are divided among a Leasing group focused on managing the company’s substantial pipeline of leased properties, a Property Management group responsible for ongoing property management issues pertaining to the real estate portfolio, and a Profile and Pipeline Management group responsible for handling portfolio wide division initiatives and managing the lease administration systems for the real estate pipeline.
The position will be located in San Francisco. The successful applicant will provide legal advice on matters that are handled by the Leasing and/or Property Management groups.
• Leasing: Review, analyze, negotiate and draft retail store leases, lease amendments, subleases, lease assignments, termination agreements, settlement agreements, and other real estate contracts and related documentation (e.g., letters of intent, licenses, term commencement agreements, memoranda of lease, waivers of exclusives, reciprocal access agreements, letters of credit, etc.).
• Property Management: Review, analyze, negotiate and draft corporate office leases for domestic and international locations, purchase and sale agreements for office and industrial properties, construction contracts, sourcing and vendor agreements, services agreements and other real estate contracts and related documentation (e.g., easement agreements, lien releases, title reports, CC&Rs, etc.).
• Manage and provide strategic legal advice for the resolution of construction, rent and occupancy audit, maintenance and other landlord/tenant and real estate related disputes.
• Analyze, address, and provide legal advice to a cross-functional team of business partners, including those within Global Real Estate, Real Estate Finance, Corporate Facilities and Administration, and Sourcing relative to, legal and contractual matters affecting Gap Inc.’s use and operation of its retail stores, corporate offices and industrial properties.
• Supervise and train paralegals in supporting Gap Inc.’s real estate activities.
• Work with and manage outside counsel as appropriate and within budgetary guidelines to assist in consummation of real estate negotiations and documentation, and to manage litigation and dispute resolution as necessary.
Education & Experience
• Juris Doctor or LLM from an accredited law school.
• Licensed to practice law in at least one U.S. state or other applicable jurisdiction.
• 3-6 years of relevant law firm and/or corporate in house legal department experience (a combination of both is preferred).
• 3-6 years of legal experience practicing as a transactional and/or litigation attorney in real estate, with substantial work and a strong understanding in the areas of commercial leasing, property management and/or construction disputes.
• Retail experience preferred.
• Spanish language skills a plus.
Must possess the following attributes:
• Professional with high ethical standards
• Strong communication, negotiating, drafting and problem-solving skills
• Business-focused mindset with ability to balance legal risk and business impact
• Strong interpersonal and team work skills
• Cultural awareness
• Effective at resolving differences of opinion through consensus building
• Unassuming, practical, resourceful and flexible
• Desire and ability to work independently and cross-functionally, and to prioritize and appropriately manage risk in a fast-paced and challenging corporate legal environment
• Strong organizational skills, detailed oriented with the ability to juggle multiple tasks
• Ability to conceptualize and articulate pragmatic/creative legal and business solutions to complex legal and business challenges
• Ability to focus on possibilities and not problems
• Open to learning new skills and willingness to pitch in
Doris and Don Fisher opened the first Gap store in 1969 with a simple idea — to make it easier to find a pair of jeans and a commitment to do more. Over the last 46 years, the company has grown from a single store to a global fashion business with five brands — Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta and Intermix. Gap's clothes are available in 90 countries worldwide through 3,300 company-operated stores, almost 400 franchise stores, and e-commerce sites and is still growing.