Description:

We are currently seeking a Corporate Counsel reporting to the VP, Legal located at our Brentwood Headquarters. In this role, your primary focus will be the legal component of logistics and industrial real estate acquisitions and dispositions, including negotiations, review and drafting of legal documents and working with Rexford's outside acquisitions counsel. Rexford is one of the most acquisitive real estate companies in Southern California, with over $1.6 billion in acquisitions in 2021 and over $1.2 billion in 2020. The Corporate Counsel plays an integral role in these transactions that are key to Rexford's continued growth.

This attorney will assist the VP, Legal with managing legal aspects of transactions, identify and evaluate issues, advise on, and formulate legal strategies to achieve Company objectives. After gaining knowledge of Rexford Industrial and in-house acquisitions experience, this attorney will also lead select transactions. Experience drafting and negotiating purchase and sale agreements and handling closings is essential. You will be responsible for working with outside counsel and advising senior executives on legal issues. Start date flexible to the extent a candidate needs to collect a year-end bonus with the candidate's current employer.

Position Responsibilities:
  • Work with (and assist VP, Legal with management of) outside legal counsel handling real estate acquisitions and dispositions in a high volume, time sensitive environment.
  • Provide legal and business support to Rexford's Acquisitions team in all aspects of acquisitions and disposition transactions from inception through post-closing, which includes advising business partners and outside counsel on acceptable negotiated deal terms and risk tolerances, providing internal quality control/auditing for errors and legal issues, and providing legal opinions and guidance on complex real estate matters.
  • Provide legal support drafting and negotiating all types of documents pertaining to the acquisition and disposition of industrial real estate, including, letters of intent, purchase and sale agreements, leaseback agreements, confidentiality agreements, commission/listing agreements, access agreements, holdback agreements, estoppels and SNDAs.
  • Analyze risks associated with all aspects of due diligence, including: (i) reviewing and assessing title exceptions related to easements, CC&Rs, REAs, mineral rights, monetary encumbrances, deed and land use restrictions, and other title encumbrances; (ii) abstracting and assessing existing leases; and (iii) evaluating surveys and maps of plotted easements, zoning letters and other entitlement/use related documents.
  • Draft and negotiate leases, leasebacks agreements and related property operation documents, such as letters of intent, consents to assignments and subleases, access and license agreements, collateral lien waiver and lender access agreements, service agreements, billboard leases, satellite and telecom agreements, subordination agreements, track use agreements, commission and listing agreements, brokerage license agreements, solar lease agreements, and mineral rights agreements.
  • Collaborate with internal Director of Risk Management and Corporate Counsel, outside environmental counsel, and insurance underwriters with respect to environmental due diligence, insurance procurement, and risk assessment and mitigation.
  • Must be able to advise on complex legal matters, analyze legal (and business, where applicable) issues, negotiate legal and commercial issues and solve intricate problems using sound legal judgment and expertise, with minimal supervision.
  • Assist with general corporate matters (such as formation of special purpose entities) and compliance monitoring.
  • Assist with administrative duties including transitioning action items between departments, billing management, updating forms and outside counsel policies and other duties as assigned.

Essential Skills & Experience:
  • JD from an accredited U.S. law school, member of the California Bar or registered in house counsel.
  • Two (2) to five (5) years of extensive real estate focus similar in scope to the described responsibilities.
  • Must be a solution oriented and creative attorney who knows how to get challenging acquisition deals across the finish line in a seller friendly market with motivated and eager clients.
  • Must have commercial experience, industrial would be preferred.
  • Able to handle large volume of transactions and thrive in a fast-paced environment.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, a commitment to professionalism, integrity and collegiality, and the ability to work on a wide range of legal matters.
  • Must be an independent, self-directed, organized, and diligent worker, and able to work with minimal supervision.
  • Able to work under tight deadlines, handle multiple, detailed tasks simultaneously and prioritize appropriately.
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality.
  • Must be able to anticipate problems and issues and exercise independent judgment while knowing when and to whom to escalate issues.