VP & Assistant General Counsel, Landlord-Tenant Relations

Columbus, OH | Legal

Location: Columbus, OH | Department: Legal | Reports To: VP & General Counsel

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Oversee common area maintenance and other commercial tenant audits and disputes:
  • Review leases and other contracts to determine legal rights and responsibilities of parties
  • Review and research internal billing and accounting methodology, lease interpretation, communications, and prior disputes
  • Work with multiple internal divisions to determine and coordinate appropriate resolution of audits and disputes
  • Communicate CASTO’s position to commercial tenants and third party auditors and, when necessary, negotiate settlements
  • Assist property managers and lease administrators with interpretation and application of commercial lease and other contractual provisions
  • Provide legal compliance support and advice to internal collections group (e.g., Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, state consumer sales practices acts)
  • Advise property management group on legal requirements related to Forcible Entry and Detainer actions (“FE&D”) including posting of 3 day notices, unauthorized tenant move-outs, abandoned property, and related tenancy and FE&D issues
  • File and serve as litigation counsel to CASTO in commercial and residential FE&Ds on behalf of CASTO; advise and prepare internal personnel and attend related depositions, hearings, and conferences
  • Monitor commercial tenant bankruptcies, advise and update asset management and property management groups, prepare proofs of claim, pleadings, and other bankruptcy filings as required to protect CASTO’s interests
  • Regularly communicate with key internal divisions including Collections, Accounting, Asset Management, and Property Management regarding ongoing suits, bankruptcies, audits, and other legal matters
  • Review and revise vendor contracts for various internal divisions
  • Perform other job-related duties as required

 

SKILLS:

  • Must be a graduate of an accredited law school and admitted to practice in the State of Ohio
  • 5-7 years of commercial real estate experience preferred
  • Must be proficient in reviewing, editing, and interpreting commercial leases (NNN leases, ground leases, residential leases), recorded encumbrances, and other contracts
  • Must have experience representing commercial and/or residential landlords in FE&Ds
  • Must have some familiarity with and knowledge of commercial bankruptcies, and collections law
  • Strong communication skills; ability to work with, coordinate, and convey legal concepts and information to CASTO associates working in a variety of internal divisions
  • Strong leadership and team building skills
  • Well organized
  • Strong computer skills

 

We are an equal opportunity employer and a Drug Free Workplace. Successful completion of a
background check is required for this position.

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