Real Estate Attorney

Memphis, TN

This position will play a pivotal role in AutoZone’s strategic objective to accelerate new store development.  Provides legal support in all areas of the commercial real estate development process and collaborates closely with business counterparts to facilitate the opening of new retail locations across the United States and Puerto Rico.  Requires a business-minded attorney with experience in managing a high volume of projects and the ability to efficiently prioritize a heavy workload.

Responsibilities:

  • Drafts and negotiates commercial real estate contracts for new store locations, expansions and relocations of existing locations.
  •  Reviews and assesses title matters, surveys, environmental reports and other due diligence materials to determine suitability of real estate for AutoZone’s intended use and exposure to risk.
  • Provides direction to the preconstruction team on legal matters relating to zoning and permits.
  • Supports the construction team with legal matters arising during construction, including retainage and mechanic’s lien laws in all 50 states.
  • Monitors the internal closing process.
  • Drafts and negotiates ancillary legal documents required to open new locations, including, but not limited to, easement agreements, estoppel letters, subordination agreements, development agreements, escrow agreements, short form leases, and non-disclosure agreements.
  • Responsible for taking the lead on special real estate related projects.
  •  Possibility of managing up to two (2) non-attorney direct reports.

Supervisory Responsibility: 

  • This position has the potential for up to two (2) non-attorney direct reports.

Skills/Education Requirements:

  • Juris Doctor (JD) degree required.
  • Minimum five (5) years of experience in real estate development, contract or corporate law.
  • Firm, in-house experience is strongly preferred.
  • Certificates, Licenses, and Registrations
  • Licensed Member of a state bar

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