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Sr. Counsel, Real Estate

Posted May 23
Full Time
On Site
The Woodlands, Texas

The Howard Hughes name is synonymous with an unrelenting passion for excellence. While his achievements in aviation and on the silver screen are legendary, it was his investments in real estate that form the foundation of our company. With passion, determination, and limitless imagination, he built one of the great American empires of the 20th century.

Today, our company carries forward the collective legacy of four innovative placemakers—James Rouse, George Mitchell, Victoria Ward, and Howard Hughes—who transformed the idea of what a community can be, envisioning a self-sustaining ecosystem that prizes inclusion, conservation, and innovation and fosters a strong social fabric to improve the lives of all residents, consumers, and tenants.

Dedicated to innovative placemaking, Howard Hughes owns, manages, and develops award-winning large-scale master planned communities and mixed-use developments including: the Seaport in New York City; Downtown Columbia® in Maryland; The Woodlands®, The Woodlands Hills®, and Bridgeland® in the Greater Houston, Texas area; Summerlin® in Las Vegas; Teravalis™ in the Phoenix West Valley; and Ward Village® in Honolulu, Hawai'i.

At Howard Hughes, our mission is to help people discover new ways of experiencing life. We aspire to be the most creatively driven real estate company and are committed to a culture of that fosters curiosity and empowers every employee to find their story in this great organization.

About the role

The position will report directly to the Deputy General Counsel, Houston Region and will be responsible for proactively supporting the company’s commercial and residential real estate development, management, operation, and financing activities in the Houston region.

This position is located in The Woodlands, Texas.

What You Will Do: 

  • Independently manage and provide strategic advice on complex issues related to commercial and residential development, financing, operations, acquisitions, and dispositions.

  • Draft, review, and negotiate a wide range of real estate transactional documents, with a focus on commercial leasing agreements, joint venture agreements, purchase and sale agreements, and loan documents.

  • Coordinate internal efforts to ensure accurate representations and adherence to terms in transactional documents.

  • Analyze existing agreements to aid management in enforcement and operational strategies of properties.

  • Oversee and streamline transactions, working collaboratively with internal teams, external counsel, and other stakeholders.

  • Assist with general corporate legal matters as needed to support a broad range of company initiatives.

About You:

  • J.D. degree from an accredited law school and active membership in one state bar is required.

  • 7+ years of direct experience in real estate law, with significant expertise in commercial leasing.

  •  Demonstrated ability in handling complex real estate deals and advising on both strategic and operational aspects.

  • Experience in a generalist role, handling a variety of legal tasks and supporting multiple business units within a corporate setting.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) and ability to manage legal and business databases.

  • Excellent communication, negotiation, and organizational skills, with the ability to manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment.

  • Strong interpersonal skills, with a proven track record of building and maintaining positive relationships across all levels of an organization.

  • Detail-oriented with a proactive approach to problem-solving and project management.

This job description is not meant to be an “all-inclusive” list of the duties and responsibilities of this job.  Other related duties and responsibilities may be assigned. Howard Hughes reserves the right to change or modify job duties as necessary based on business necessity.