In-House Counsel

Perkins Eastman - New York, NY3.8

On the forefront of a leadership transformation, Perkins Eastman is purposing to be the Employer of Choice in the architecture and design space. The new role of In-House Counsel will have an opportunity to make a lasting impact on the firm by joining the Office of General Counsel to support the firm’s core practice of architecture, as well as various corporate legal needs such as service contracts, leases, insurance, development of corporate policies, and business registration and compliance.

Our brand, “Human by Design”, is a central focus of our interaction with the marketplace, our clients, and equally important, our staff. A tight collaborative relationship with all technical and support teams and a solid grasp of the AEC industry will be a key to success in this role. The ideal candidate will be able to build relationships across our global organization through various communication methods and collaboration to adjust and pivot to the ever-changing needs of the firm. Trust, influence, and strong project management skills will be crucial to the success of this role.

Job Responsibilities:
Negotiate design service contracts for healthcare, senior living, higher education, government, hospitality, residential, and mixed use projects across the country and internationally
Negotiate and draft sub consultant contracts, vendor service contracts, settlement agreements, nondisclosure agreements, and various legal correspondence
Negotiate and draft commercial leases and subleases and prepare abstracts of same
Manage insurance policies and liaison with firm’s insurance brokers
Assist in integration of the assets and personnel of firms acquired through mergers and acquisitions
Liaison with outside counsel on litigation
Negotiate and settle disputes with clients and sub consultants
Prepare Mechanic’s liens
Assist in evaluation of current and prospective policies and procedures, implementation and rollout of corporate policies on:
Risk management
Legal education for design professionals
Development of standard contracts and other legal templates
Ability to manage multiple projects at once
Practical, business-oriented approach to problem solving
Ability to work effectively both independently and in collaboration with others, including designers and support departments
Strong drafting skills
Ability to communicate legal concepts and concerns to architects and other non-attorneys
Basic office skills and business acumen

J.D. with admission to at least one bar
Minimum of 0 to 4 years of experience
Experience or knowledge of construction and design a plus