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Senior Legal Counsel - Work Dynamics (Project & Development Services)

Posted May 31
Full Time
RemoteChicago, Illinois

JLL supports the Whole You, personally and professionally.

Our people at JLL are shaping the future of real estate for a better world by combining world class services, advisory and technology to our clients. We are committed to hiring the best, most talented people in our industry; and we support them through professional growth, flexibility, and personalized benefits to manage life in and outside of work.  Whether you’ve got deep experience in commercial real estate, skilled trades, and technology, or you’re looking to apply your relevant experience to a new industry, we empower you to shape a brighter way forward so you can thrive professionally and personally.


Desired skills and experience for this job 

We are looking for a commercially minded lawyer to support the PDS business line. Specifically in relation to construction, data center, engineering and project related services.


The role will require in-depth knowledge and understanding of construction, related services, contracting and regulatory compliance including:

  • data centre related contracts including preventative maintenance and equipment installation services
  • supplier/subcontractor contracts
  • design and/or build contracts including industry templates such as AIA/DBIA contracts
  • consultant/technical services appointments (cost consultancy, project management)
  • working knowledge of regulatory landscape and requirements for delivery of licensed services/engineering in NY and other US states as required
  • outsourcing/FM contracts
  • Strong contract interpretation and drafting skills
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills; must be adept at identifying key legal issues, developing creative solutions to complicated legal problems, and effectively communicating the same to internal stakeholders and clients
  • Experience working in the professional services sector a plus
  • Understanding of risk management/mitigation issues as they relate to contracts for professional services 


Core Responsibilities 

  • Actively draft and negotiate complex project management, design & build, facilities management, and related consulting services agreements with clients
  • Participate in Americas and PDS Commercial Review Board meetings and present to senior executives and management on areas of legal, commercial, and operational risks present in client contracts, the existence of operational and contractual mitigants, and the scope of services to be performed
  • Analyze complex contractual risks and counsel business teams on operational and legal issues associated with client contracts, as well as matters of contract interpretation, implementation, and risk mitigation strategies
  • Serve as a strategic partner to the Work Dynamics and PDS business teams which includes providing legal support to help advance various business initiatives including the launch of new commercial products and service offerings
  • Develop and lead regular trainings on various legal topics to internal JLL stakeholders and legal team members
  • Counsel internal business clients on a wide variety of legal issues that arise in the context of performing services for JLL’s Work Dynamics client accounts
  • Liaise with JLL’s Risk Management Department and other internal support functions (e.g., Finance, HR, Tax, Information Security, Compliance) to identify, assess, and thoughtfully mitigate JLL’s exposure to risk
  • Provide support on litigated and non-litigated commercial claims
  • Perform legal research as needed



  • Juris Doctor from a top-tier law school with a strong academic record
  • Minimum of 6 years’ experience as a practicing attorney with a focus on construction, engineering, project management, facilities management and related services
  • Strong knowledge of construction law principles, contracts, regulations and industry standards
  • Proven experience in contract drafting, negotiation, and management
  • Combination of in-house experience and private practice is a plus
  • Experience with the data center industry a plus
  • Licensed to practice law in Illinois
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills essential
  • Able to conceptualize and articulate pragmatic/creative legal and business solutions to complex legal and business challenges
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced environment with a strong focus on collaboration.
  • Able to work independently, but in a team environment
  • Acute attention to detail


What you can expect from us

We succeed together and believe the best inspire the best, so we invest in supporting each other, learning together and celebrating our success. Our Total Rewards program reflects our commitment to helping you achieve your career ambitions, recognizing your contributions, investing in your well-being and providing competitive benefits and pay. We can’t wait to see where your ambitions take you at JLL. Apply today!



On-site –Chicago, IL

If this job description resonates with you, we encourage you to apply, even if you don’t meet all the requirements.  We’re interested in getting to know you and what you bring to the table!

Personalized benefits that support personal well-being and growth:

JLL recognizes the impact that the workplace can have on your wellness, so we offer a supportive culture and comprehensive benefits package that prioritizes mental, physical and emotional health. Some of these benefits may include:

  • 401(k) plan with matching company contributions

  • Comprehensive Medical, Dental & Vision Care

  • Paid parental leave at 100% of salary 

  • Paid Time Off and Company Holidays

  • Flexible and Remote Work Arrangements may be available


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