Counsel - Corporate and Real Estate

Auto Club GroupDearborn, MI

Job Description

The Auto Club Group (ACG) provides membership, travel, insurance and financial services offerings to approximately 9 million members and customers across 11 states and 2 U.S. territories through the AAA, Meemic and Fremont brands. ACG belongs to the national AAA federation and is the second largest AAA club in North America.

The Office of General Counsel for The Auto Club Group (ACG) is responsible for providing legal advice and counsel to business units throughout the organization. Corporate specialties include, but are not limited to: Anti-trust, Bankruptcy, Litigation, Compliance, Computer Licensing, Contracts, Copyrights, Corporate Law, Employment Law, Employee Benefits, Financial Operations, Insurance Operations/Regulations, Real Estate Property and Zoning.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

As Counsel – Corporate & Real Estate, you will directly engage with business partners in support of contract, real estate and corporate business matters.

Real Estate

Provide legal advice and counsel to clients on various legal risks, business strategies, and other issues related to the purchase, sale, development, construction, financing, and leasing of commercial real estate

Oversee outside counsel in the due diligence review of documents, including surveys, title policies, leases, mortgage documents, organizational documents, etc.


Draft, review and negotiate a wide variety of commercial agreements, including those related to strategic partnerships, marketing vendors, and SaaS subscription and technology agreements

Administers contract strategy to improve business performance and ensure compliance with company policies and legal requirements

Additional Duties:

Provide technical oversight and legal advice regarding the complex and important matters pertaining to corporate issues.

Act as the legal authority in specific disciplines due to experience, vision, commitment and/or educational background within their specialty.

Advocate a strong team and client relationship within the company and with the various organizations, agencies and professional legal authorities.

Monitor and assist outside counsel in defense of the company.

Act as a project manager for projects having corporate impact.

Research and analyze technical and specialized legal questions and issues as they relate to specific disciplines. Develop and recommend legal strategies and prepare any necessary material to keep senior management informed regarding achievement of objectives and accomplishments of stated goals.

Advise senior management on the legal ramifications of corporate decisions and organization practices.

Assist management with short and long term business plans and identifies opportunities to improve department performance and effectiveness

Counsel and advise senior management on a broad range of corporate issues.

Advise senior management on the legal/regulatory ramifications of corporate decisions and organization practices.


Required Qualifications:

Juris Doctor Degree

Active Member of a State Bar in good standing

Recent and substantive experience in all aspects of commercial real estate law.


Excellent analytical and problem solving skills

Proactive long-term view to achieve strategic business results

Demonstrate senior level skill in managing ambiguous situations and issues

Consistently demonstrate advanced levels of professional maturity, leadership, productivity and judgment similar to a partner level in an outside law firm

Demonstrate advanced teamwork, attitude, and interpersonal skills including being accessible and available to clients and colleagues with the ability to inspire and motivate others to achieve corporate and department goals

Communicate clearly, concisely and persuasively about complex technical legal issues

Demonstrate and champion the ACG Values. Establish and maintain effective working relationships within the company and with various organizations, agencies and legal authorities

Specific expertise in one or more of the following:

Corporate law, including corporate organization, operations, contract negotiations, mergers/acquisitions, finance, Et. Al.

Commercial litigation to include all aspects of the litigation process, including assessing risk, developing strategy, partnering with outside counsel, reviewing pleadings, and ensuring compliance with e-discovery requirements

Real Estate to include zoning, construction, property management, building services, corporate facilities and the regulatory issues related thereto

The successful candidate must have the ability to identify and analyze complex legal issues, draft and negotiate a variety of commercial contract agreements and real estate transaction agreements.

Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite


Five or more years of progressive legal experience

The Auto Club Group offers a competitive compensation and benefits package including a base salary with performance based incentives; medical/dental/vision insurance, 401(k), generous time off, a complimentary AAA Membership and much more!

Important Note: The above statements describe the principal and essential functions, but not all functions that may be inherent in the job. This job requires the ability to perform duties contained in the job description for this position, including, but not limited to, the above requirements. Reasonable accommodations will be made for otherwise qualified applicants, as needed, to enable them to fulfill these requirements.

The Auto Club Group, and all of its affiliated companies, is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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