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Working As A Real Estate Attorney

  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $115,820

    Average Salary

What Does A Real Estate Attorney Do At Goldman Sachs & Co.

* Review and draft a wide variety of commercial real estate documents, including commercial leases, licenses and brokerage agreements, site logistics agreements, acquisitions and sales, sale / leaseback agreements, agreements for fit-out works, real estate agreements in connection with corporate M&A transactions, and maintaining appropriate forms of key documents governing real estate contracting
* Review title reports and ancillary transaction documents; respond to lease notices and estoppel letter requests
* Review and monitor letters of credit, guarantees, performance bonds, collateral warranties, planning and building regulations notices and approvals, and relevant firmwide policies
* Review and maintain library of contract templates and manage CREL’s online shared document library, including updating templates and related source documents
* Responsibility for periodic regulatory, corporate entity reporting and corporate housekeeping matters related to real estate entities
* Review and advise on intellectual property and contractual related matters, in collaboration with divisional and other specialist lawyers
* In all activities:
* Coordinate procedural steps toward the creation of streamlined processes to facilitate contracting / claim resolution in accordance with contractual requirements
* Liaise and coordinate with other relevant groups throughout the firm, including Legal, Corporate Risk, Compliance, Controllers, Tax, etc. and ensuring that Goldman Sachs’ standard provisions are incorporated into all transaction documents
* Management of day-to-day internal corporate authorizations and procedural matters and interact with the business teams to address routine legal issues as they arise in day-to-day activities
* Uphold the firm's principles, business controls, ethics, policies and procedures, professional standards and reputatio

What Does A Real Estate Attorney Do At ESRI

* Negotiate, draft, and review commercial real estate purchase and sale agreements; review and analyze title, including preliminary title reports and ALTA surveys
* Review due diligence documents and analyze their impact on the purchase, including, for example, reciprocal easements for parking, other easements, a wide variety of leases (e.g., office leases and complex restaurant leases), property management agreements, owner participation agreements, service agreements, building structural reports, environmental reports, and escrow agreements
* Structure 1031 exchanges; advise corporate management on gifts and charitable contributions issues
* Research property issues such as annexation, bankruptcy, unlawful detainers, water rights, and zoning; negotiate, draft, and review commercial lease provisions and analyze their impact, including, but not limited to, representations and warranties, indemnity, right of early termination, and right of expansion provisions
* Facilitate resolutions of tenant issues by reviewing and analyzing existing leases, conducting legal research, and advising property management and accounting teams on potential solutions based on the rights and obligations of all relevant parties
* Review and respond to requests for proposal from potential tenants
* Negotiate, draft, and review construction contracts, including prime contracts, development agreements, design services agreements, and construction management agreements
* years at a law firm or in-house with significant real estate experience
* Member in good standing of California State Bar as an attorney qualified to practice law in this state; other states' admittance also considered, but may be required to sit for bar in California
* Solid business acumen and judgment, attention to detail, and the ability to isolate issues for escalation
* Strong written and verbal communication skills for working with all levels of management and staff in a variety of departments and with international clientele, third-party vendors, and licensees
* Ability to influence without authority
* Able to cost-effectively utilize and manage outside counsel and other advisers
* JD from ABA-accredited law school or equivalent
* Our passion for improving quality of life through geography is at the heart of everything we do.
* Esri’s geographic information system (GIS) technology inspires and enables governments, universities, and businesses worldwide to save money, lives, and our environment through a deeper understanding of the changing world around them.
* Carefully managed growth and zero debt give Esri stability that is uncommon in today's volatile business world.
* Privately held, we offer exceptional benefits, competitive salaries, 401(k) and profit-sharing programs, opportunities for personal and professional growth, and much more.
* Esri is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
* Requisition #: 2017

What Does A Real Estate Attorney Do At MUFG Union Bank

* Draft, review, and negotiate transaction documents for real estate secured loans, construction facilities, syndicated transactions, affordable housing tax credit transactions, real estate capital markets products, and related letter of credit and swap facilities
* Advise clients on all issues related to real estate lending, including title insurance, FIRREA, flood insurance compliance, environmental and seismic impairment, easements, encroachments, entitlements, CC&Rs, subdivisions, and mechanics’ liens
* Assist and advise clients in structuring real estate transactions
* Minimum of six years applicable professional experience in the State of California; both in-house and outside counsel experience is ideal
* Familiarity and experience with real estate-related banking regulations is a plus
* The candidate must be a creative and strategic thinker with the ability to influence, interact with senior executives, build trusted relationships with clients and colleagues, deal constructively with conflict, issue advice and guidance with confidence, and adapt to a fast-paced environment involving multiple simultaneous issues and transactions
* In addition to substantive knowledge and experience, the attorney must have excellent risk analysis skills and judgment, outstanding verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills, and a reputation for timely transaction execution
* Must be a member of the California State Bar.
* The location is Los Angeles. /* */
* The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed.
* They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.
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* We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and committed to leveraging the diverse backgrounds, perspectives and experience of our workforce to create opportunities for our colleagues and our business.
* We do not discriminate in employment decisions on the basis of any protected category

What Does A Real Estate Attorney Do At Ascension Health

* Provides legal advice, support and counsel to the organization’s legal function in support of strategic and operational priorities within a health law practice area.
* Supports, promotes and implements legal initiatives.
* Advances the implementation of policies, procedures, and guidelines supporting the health law practice area.
* Keeps current with legal developments affecting the health law practice area and incorporates such information into advice, counsel and support for the organization.
* Supports the Practice Area Senior Attorney in the management of outside counsel.
* Collaborates with the Shared Services Group, paralegals and other administrative staff assigned to work on specific projects

What Does A Real Estate Attorney Do At Atmos Energy

* Provides legal guidance and support to right-of-way, operations, and engineering groups related to the acquisition, defense and enforcement of land rights.
* Works closely with outside counsel and Company representatives on litigation matters related to property damage and easement rights, including reviewing pleadings, preparing and responding to discovery requests, preparing Company representatives for depositions, and in some cases working with outside counsel to prepare for trial.
* Prepares, reviews and negotiates agreements related to the acquisition and enforcement of right-of-way and easement rights.
* Assists in the preparation of documents related to eminent domain, including offer letters for the acquisition of real property rights and appraisals.
* Works closely with outside counsel and Company representatives to prepare for and attend Special Commissioner's Hearings.
* Works with outside counsel to obtain temporary restraining orders and other injunctive relief necessary to protect Company's land rights.
* Attends meetings and participates in conference calls with management, including providing periodic status updates on legal matters.
* Works closely with other Company attorneys to develop and implement legal strategy

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How To Become A Real Estate Attorney

All lawyers must have a law degree and must also typically pass a state’s written bar examination.


Becoming a lawyer usually takes 7 years of full-time study after high school—4 years of undergraduate study, followed by 3 years of law school. Most states and jurisdictions require lawyers to complete a juris doctor (J.D.) degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA). ABA accreditation signifies that the law school—particularly its curricula and faculty—meets certain standards.

A bachelor’s degree is required for entry into most law schools, and courses in English, public speaking, government, history, economics, and mathematics are useful.

Almost all law schools, particularly those approved by the ABA, require applicants to take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). This test measures applicants’ aptitude for the study of law.

A J.D. degree program includes courses such as constitutional law, contracts, property law, civil procedure, and legal writing. Law students may choose specialized courses in areas such as tax, labor, and corporate law.


Prospective lawyers take licensing exams called "bar exams." When a lawyer receives their license to practice law, they are "admitted to the bar."

To practice law in any state, a person must be admitted to the state’s bar under rules established by the jurisdiction’s highest court. The requirements vary by individual states and jurisdictions. For more details on individual state and jurisdiction requirements, visit the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

Most states require that applicants graduate from an ABA-accredited law school, pass one or more written bar exams, and be found by an admitting board to have the character to represent and advise others. Prior felony convictions, academic misconduct, or a history of substance abuse are just some factors that may disqualify an applicant from being admitted to the bar.

Lawyers who want to practice in more than one state often must take the bar exam in each state.

After graduation, lawyers must keep informed about legal developments that affect their practices. Almost all states require lawyers to participate in continuing legal education either every year or every 3 years. 

Many law schools and state and local bar associations provide continuing legal education courses that help lawyers stay current with recent developments. Courses vary by state and generally cover a subject within the practice of law, such as legal ethics, taxes and tax fraud, and healthcare. Some states allow lawyers to take their continuing education credits through online courses. 


Newly hired attorneys usually start as associates and work with more experienced lawyers. After several years, some lawyers may be admitted to partnership of their firm, which means they become partial owners of the firm.

After gaining a few years of work experience, some lawyers go into practice for themselves or move to the legal department of a large corporation. Very few in-house attorneys are hired directly out of law school.

A small number of experienced lawyers are nominated or elected to judgeships. Other lawyers may become full-time law school faculty and administrators. For more information about judges and law school faculty, see the profile on judges and hearing officers and the profile on postsecondary teachers.

Other Experience

Law students often gain practical experience by participating in school-sponsored legal clinics, in a school’s moot court competitions, in practice trials under the supervision of experienced lawyers and judges, and through research and writing on legal issues for a school’s law journals.

Part-time jobs or summer internships in law firms, government agencies, and corporate legal departments also provide valuable experience. Some smaller firms, government agencies, and public interest organizations may hire students as summer associate interns after they have completed their first year at law school. Many larger firms’ summer internship programs are only eligible to law students who have completed their second year. These experiences can help law students decide what kind of legal work they want to focus on in their careers, and these internships may lead directly to a job after graduation.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Lawyers help their clients resolve problems and issues. As a result, they must be able to analyze large amounts of information, determine relevant facts, and propose viable solutions.

Interpersonal skills. Lawyers must win the respect and confidence of their clients by building a trusting relationship, so that clients feel comfortable enough to share personal information related to their case.

Problem-solving skills. Lawyers must separate their emotions and prejudice from their clients’ problems and objectively evaluate the matter. Therefore, good problem-solving skills are important for lawyers, to prepare the best defense and recommendation.

Research skills. Preparing legal advice or representation for a client commonly requires substantial research. All lawyers need to be able to find what applicable laws and regulations apply to a specific matter.

Speaking skills. Clients hire lawyers to speak on their behalf. Lawyers must be able to clearly present and explain their case to arbitrators, mediators, opposing parties, judges, or juries. 

Writing skills. Lawyers need to be precise and specific when preparing documents, such as wills, trusts, and powers of attorney.

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Real Estate Attorney Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Russian

  • French


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Real Real Estate Attorney Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Real Estate Attorney SFM Realty Corp. New York, NY Mar 01, 2012 $180,000
Real Estate Attorney DLA Piper LLP (U.S.) Washington, DC Oct 28, 2016 $125,320
Real Estate Attorney Law Office of SK Shim, P.C. Fort Lee, NJ Jun 20, 2016 $82,472
Transactional Attorney, Real Estate Zacks, Utrecht & Leadbetter, P.C. San Francisco, CA Mar 14, 2008 $82,056
Transactional Attorney, Real Estate Zacks Utrecht & Leadbetter San Francisco, CA Jan 22, 2008 $82,056
Real Estate Attorney Law Office of SK Shim, P.C. Fort Lee, NJ Oct 17, 2016 $81,286
Real Estate Attorney Law Offices of Choi & Associates, P.C. NY Oct 28, 2016 $81,286
Real Estate Attorney Dai & Associates, P.C New York, NY Aug 12, 2016 $81,286
Real Estate Attorney Law Office of SK Shim, P.C. Fort Lee, NJ Jun 13, 2016 $81,286
Real Estate Attorney Law Offices of Choi & Associates, P.C. NY Aug 30, 2016 $81,286

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Top Skills for A Real Estate Attorney


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Top Real Estate Attorney Skills

  1. Sale Agreements
  2. Real Estate Transactions
  3. Foreclosure
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Prepared purchase and sale agreements, covenants not to compete, assignments of leases, and bill of sale contracts.
  • Represented lenders in commercial and residential real estate transactions and conducted all aspects of residential and commercial closings.
  • Managed national referrals for quiet title actions, injunctions, wrongful foreclosures, and appeals.
  • Contract administration including contracts for market studies, due diligence investigations, land use approvals, architects, and construction.
  • Opened a new office dedicated solely to conducting real estate closings for Marriott Vacation Club International and its Purchasers.

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