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Associate Counsel - Nationwide Realty Investors

Posted May 15
Full Time
Columbus, Ohio

If you're passionate about being part of a diverse organization that enables a Fortune 100 company to deliver innovative business solutions with excellence, then Nationwide's Legal team could be the place for you! At Nationwide®, “on your side” goes beyond just words. Our customers are at the center of everything we do and we’re looking for associates who are passionate about delivering extraordinary care.

We are seeking an Entry-Level Attorney to join our legal team. This position is an excellent opportunity to gain comprehensive experience in real estate law and contribute to our ongoing projects. Our legal team has a strong commitment to excellence and plays a crucial role supporting Nationwide Realty Investors, a national real estate developer specializing in large-scale, complex mixed-use projects. Among other assignments, this role would assist with acquisitions, financings, leasing, development, construction, and disposition of properties. The ideal candidate would have strong written and oral communication skills, exceptional critical thinking capacities, be detail-oriented with high expectations for quality, able to exercise good judgment and maintain focus in a fast-paced environment, and be relentless in pursuit of excellence and improvement.

This position requires Monday through Thursday in office; Fridays may be work from home.

(Internal Use Only) Compensation Band: G3

Job Description Summary

Would you thrive in an environment where you can deliver top-quality legal services to support business objectives of a Fortune 100 insurance and financial services company? If you possess the legal and analytical skills needed to provide sound counsel to our team, as well as to company leaders and associates, we want to know more about you!

We provide legal expertise that reflects our commitment to innovative thinking, effective collaboration and a proactive approach to our work. As an Associate Counsel, you'll provide general legal services to one or more assigned areas and work with junior to mid-level leaders and business partners in the Office of the Chief Legal Officer (OCLO). We’ll count on you to work on some routine matters or projects with supportive supervision, and more complex issues or initiatives with more direct supervision and support from more senior counsel.

Job Description

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provides legal support to an assigned area. May contribute to larger matters, and work on more complex projects to broaden and deepen skills. May receive some projects that are intended to develop skills. May attend business partner meetings to better understand business processes and needs.
  • Researches legal issues, drafts legal documents, develops conclusions and recommendations for core legal matters.
  • Provides legal counsel, within a team of attorneys, for business partners, including legal research, advocacy, negotiation or other forms that successfully meet the needs of the business.
  • Supports the effective resolution of core legal issues by capturing relevant information and conducting legal research to prepare for negotiations or the providing advice to clients. Develops and assesses alternative solutions or positions. Has occasional interaction with persons outside the company on behalf of the organization.
  • Identifies persons or groups, in addition to the client, who might have an interest in or need access to useful information about the issue. Effectively connects with them to keep them updated on developments.
  • Establishes and maintains positive relationships with associates at all levels within the OCLO.
  • Assists, as a team member, with multiple group/client assignments.

May Perform Other Responsibilities As Assigned.

Reporting Relationships: May report to Managing Counsel/Senior Counsel/Counsel.

Typical Skills And Experience

Education: JD from an American Bar Association-accredited law school.

License/Certification/Designation: Associates reporting within Nationwide’s Office of the Chief Legal Officer (OCLO) who are functioning in attorney roles must be fully licensed in accordance with OCLO policy, in good standing and in compliance with all continuing legal education requirements at all times in the state(s) in which they practice.

Experience: Developing technical expertise and relevant experience in assigned practice area. Typically, may be newly admitted to practice with up to four years of proven experience.

Knowledge: Has a limited amount of experience and knowledge in legal practices and procedures. Developing knowledge of the business operations of the company.

Skills/Competencies: Proven verbal and written communication skills needed for interacting with other attorneys and business partners. Analytical ability to interpret statutes, regulations, policies and other contracts. Ability to provide input on projects and matters. May participate in negotiation and conflict resolution processes; may focus more on individual issues rather than overall strategy.

Other criteria, including leadership skills, competencies and experiences may take precedence.

Staffing exceptions to the above must be approved by the hiring manager’s leader and Human Resources Business Partner.

Values: Regularly and consistently demonstrates the Nationwide Values.

Job Conditions

Overtime Eligibility: Exempt (Not Eligible)

Working Conditions: Normal office environment. Occasional travel.

ADA: The above statements cover what are generally believed to be principal and essential responsibilities of this job. Specific circumstances may allow or require some people assigned to the job to perform a somewhat different combination of duties.

Credit/Background Check: Due to the fiduciary accountabilities of this job, a valid credit and/or background check will be required as part of the selection process.


We have an array of benefits to fit your needs, including: medical/dental/vision, life insurance, short and long term disability coverage, paid time off with newly hired associates receiving a minimum of 18 days paid time off each full calendar year pro-rated quarterly based on hire date, nine paid holidays, 8 hours of Lifetime paid time off, 8 hours of Unity Day paid time off, 401(k) with company match, company-paid pension plan, business casual attire, and more. To learn more about the benefits we offer, click here.

Nationwide is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive culture where everyone feels challenged, appreciated, respected and engaged. Nationwide prohibits discrimination and harassment and affords equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to any characteristic (or classification) protected by applicable law.