Counsel, Real Estate

Tesla Industries, Inc.Austin, TexasFull TimeOn Site

What to Expect

Tesla is looking for an experienced and highly motivated senior attorney with a minimum of 5+ years of leasing and development experience. The ideal candidate will have (i) national leasing and subleasing experience negotiating sophisticated transactions (industrial, commercial and retail leasing), and (ii) real estate development, land use  and acquisition experience with a broad general real estate background, including the ability to handle acquisitions, disposition, finance and other general portfolio management matters.   This attorney will be responsible for providing strategic, high-level real estate legal advice to various internal teams, including the Real Estate, Design, Construction, Finance, Policy, EH&S, Engineering and Procurement teams. 

This position requires a strong work ethic, including experience  in managing a large number of transactions; outstanding deal and time management skills and the ability to prioritize a heavy work load efficiently.

What You’ll Do
  • Represent the company on all commercial real estate transactions, including land use and real estate development matters, complex real estate agreements, RE  and land acquisitions,  compliance requirements, and contractual obligations.
  • Negotiate a high volume of complex real estate leases,  subleases and agreements within tight deadlines (retail, commercial, industrial leases including but not limited to build to suit and retrofit leases for sales, service and delivery centers, energy warehouses,   corporate facilities, workplace);  draft, negotiate and finalize RE  purchase and sale agreements for. Draft and review ancillary real estate documents (amendments, assignments, terminations, easements, license agreements, NDAs, MSAs, brokerage agreements, SNDAs, Estoppels etc.) and advise on lease updates and deals.
  • Review all due diligence items, including organizational documents, environmental site assessments, Title commitments, ALTA surveys, CC&Rs, easements and handle closing matters when applicable.  Draft and prepare objections to Title.
  • Identify, analyze, and communicate complex business and legal issues that may have a significant impact to Tesla’s real estate portfolio;   provide advice to proactively manage the company’s legal and operational risks while supporting business goals.
  • Provide directions on a range of real estate issues  such as permitting, local zoning and ordinance issues, CUP,  licensing, CC&Rs,  mechanics liens,  title and survey issues.  Address lease interpretation issues related to existing and new locations, assess risks and make sound and practical judgement calls.  
  • Work on ad hoc legal real estate related projects, including but not limited to, LOI, policies, trainings, templates and processes.
  • Work closely with the Property Management/Lease Administration team to handle post lease execution issues and Landlord/Tenant relationships.  Effectively negotiate resolution of claims.
What You’ll Bring
  • Member in good standing with the California or Texas bar or ability to register as an in-house counsel
  • Extensive experience handling sophisticated multi-million-dollar real estate transactions, including leases and real estate acquisitions both in house and law firm
  • Flexible, well-organized and comfortable working in a fast-paced technology environment
  • Ability and desire to work independently and with little oversight is a must.  Ability to make fast and sound decisions   
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and organizational and planning skills with the capacity to simultaneously handle a variety of complex matters under strict deadlines and pressure.
  • Ability to form strong working relationship with internal business partners while maintaining firm adherence to legal standards and company’s policies and positions.
Compensation and Benefits

Along with competitive pay, as a full-time Tesla employee, you are eligible for the following benefits at day 1 of hire:

  • Aetna PPO and HSA plans > 2 medical plan options with $0 payroll deduction
  • Family-building, fertility, adoption and surrogacy benefits
  • Dental (including orthodontic coverage) and vision plans, both have options with a $0 paycheck contribution
  • Company Paid (Health Savings Account) HSA Contribution when enrolled in the High Deductible Aetna medical plan with HSA
  • Healthcare and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
  • LGBTQ+ care concierge services
  • 401(k) with employer match, Employee Stock Purchase Plans, and other financial benefits
  • Company paid Basic Life, AD&D, short-term and long-term disability insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Sick and Vacation time (Flex time for salary positions), and Paid Holidays
  • Back-up childcare and parenting support resources
  • Voluntary benefits to include: critical illness, hospital indemnity, accident insurance, theft & legal services, and pet insurance
  • Weight Loss and Tobacco Cessation Programs
  • Tesla Babies program
  • Commuter benefits
  • Employee discounts and perks program

Tesla is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer committed to diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, gender identity or any other factor protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.

Tesla is also committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. Please let your recruiter know if you need an accommodation at any point during the interview process.

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