Nashville, Tenn.-based Bridgestone Americas, Inc. is the U.S. subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation, the world’s largest tire and rubber company. Bridgestone Americas and its subsidiaries develop, manufacture and market a wide range of Bridgestone, Firestone and associate brand tires to address the needs of a broad range of customers, including consumers, automotive and commercial vehicle original equipment manufacturers, and those in the agricultural, forestry and mining industries.
The companies are also engaged in retreading operations throughout the Western Hemisphere and produce air springs, roofing materials, and industrial fibers and textiles. The Bridgestone Americas family of companies also operates the world’s largest chain of automotive tire and service centers.
Guided by its global corporate social responsibility (CSR), commitment Our Way to Serve, Bridgestone embraces its responsibility as a global leader by striving to improve the way people move, live, work and play.
The Bridgestone Americas Law Department is seeking a Senior Counsel, Real Estate attorney for its Real Estate Law Group, which supports the North American Business Units (NABU). Compensation will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.
NABU consists of the following business units: Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC; Firestone Building Products; Firestone Industrial Products and Bridgestone Retail Operations, LLC (BSRO).
This position will have significant responsibilities for real estate issues related to BSRO's approximately 2,200 stores as well as additional real estate responsibilities for all other NABU entities and Bridgestone Americas, Inc. These responsibilities will include the following: greenfield projects involving retail, manufacturing, warehousing and distribution facilities; lease negotiations and existing portfolio support; new store development; real estate litigation; mergers and acquisitions; condemnation proceedings and ADA-driven building accommodation matters; construction contracts; and environmental issues.
This position may present significant opportunity for growth in different areas of corporate practice both within real estate and outside of real estate. The Senior Counsel, Real Estate will work closely with other practice area attorneys and paralegals in the Law Department, including attorneys and paralegals engaging in business/transactional law, labor & employment, compliance, litigation, environmental, mergers and acquisitions, corporate services and intellectual property. This position will report to the Associate General Counsel, Real Estate.
· Negotiating and drafting complex real estate documents for new store development without oversight.
· Drafting and negotiating purchase and sale contracts, acquisition agreements, ground leases, retail leases, industrial leases, build-to-suit leases, office leases and construction contracts.
· Handling legal matters related to the existing real estate portfolio (e.g. amendments, easements, licenses, etc.).
· Independently reviewing title and survey, drafting closing documents, coordinating closings with a title company and closing real estate acquisitions and dispositions.
· Juris Doctor degree from an accredited law school.
· Minimum of five years of law firm or in-house counsel experience is preferred.
· Hands-on real estate transactional and business support experience as well as excellent academic credentials.
· Expertise in retail real estate work - multiple locations, similar footprint in multiple states is preferred.
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