Real Estate Paralegal, New Restaurant Development

McDonaldsChicago, IllinoisFull TimeRemote

Company Description:

McDonald’s is proud to be one of the most recognized brands in the world, with restaurants in over 100 countries that serve 70 million customers daily. We continue to operate from a position of strength. Our updated growth strategy is focused on staying ahead of what our customers want and realizing further growth potential. Our relentless ambition is why McDonald’s remains one of the world’s leading corporations after almost 70 years. Joining McDonald's means thinking big and preparing for a career that can have influence around the world.

At McDonald’s, we see every day as a chance to create positive impact. We lead through our values centered on inclusivity, service, integrity, community and family. From support of Ronald McDonald House Charities to our Youth Opportunity project and sustainability initiatives, our values keep us dedicated to using our scale for good: good for our customers, people, industry and planet. We also offer a broad range of outstanding benefits including a sabbatical program, tuition assistance and flexible work arrangements - check them out here!

We are enjoying the flexibility of a hybrid work model, in which employees spend part of their week connecting with co-workers in our state-of-the-art headquarters. Located in the booming West Loop of downtown Chicago, it's set up to be a global hub that cultivates collaboration:

  • Take a class at Hamburger University
  • Sample future items in our Test Kitchen
  • Utilize the latest technology to connect with your team around the globe

We are an equal opportunity employer committed to the diversity of our crew members, staff, operators, and suppliers. We promote an inclusive work environment that creates feel-good moments for everyone. 

Job Description:

The Restaurant Development Legal Team is a dynamic, experienced team of lawyers, paralegals, and other real estate legal professionals who support the creation and modernization of McDonald’s restaurants across the U.S. and has an immediate opening for a paralegal to join the team.

Applicants must have experience in the acquisition and leasing of real estate and general knowledge of the commercial real estate industry. While this paralegal will work with an attorney, this individual must be comfortable working independently and creatively to handle a high volume of work in a fast-paced environment and be able to identify and resolve sophisticated legal issues affecting the development of real estate.

Paralegals on the Restaurant Development Legal Team are expected to:

  • Review and clear title and survey;
  • Review and analyze contracts, leases, easements, restrictive covenants, declarations, and other legal documents;
  • Draft and prepare ancillary transaction documents such as escrow instructions, estoppel certificates, deeds, easements, memorandum of leases, restrictive covenants and non-disturbance agreements;
  • Collect transactional documents to facilitate the acquisition and leasing of real estate;
  • Work with construction teams to address construction-related issues:
  • Independently work with business clients on all aspects of due diligence;
  • Perform legal clearance reviews to facilitate the modernization of existing McDonald’s restaurant locations.



  • Paralegal certificate or equivalent
  • A minimum of 3 years of experience in the commercial real estate area required
  • Excellent analytical, organizational, drafting and communication skills
  • Ability to handle multiple projects, prioritize higher value work, handle deadline pressures, and critical information
  • Intellectually curious and adaptable to change
  • Work well individually and also as part of a team and demonstrate reliability, strong work-ethic, collaboration, and cooperation with team
  • Think strategically and be an active contributor to team efforts to achieve team goals and objectives
  • Proficient in adopting and applying pre-existing and new technologies to drive efficiency

Additional Information:

McDonald’s is committed to providing qualified individuals with disabilities reasonable accommodations to perform the essential functions of their jobs. Additionally, if you (or another applicant of whom you are aware) require assistance accessing or reading this job posting or otherwise seek assistance in the application process, please contact

McDonald’s provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to sex, sex stereotyping, pregnancy (including pregnancy, childbirth, and medical conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth, or breastfeeding), race, color, religion, ancestry or national origin, age, disability status, medical condition, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, protected military or veteran status, citizenship status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Nothing in this job posting or description should be construed as an offer or guarantee of employment.

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