Full Job Description
Our small Canadian-born business was founded in 1978 and has become a global organisation that now spans 120 locations across 20 countries. Our expansion has been rapid, but what matters most is the common belief that drives all 5,000 of our people to be a different type of real estate organisation. We believe that the places in which we live, work and play have the power to make us happier and healthier, and we are united by a shared sense of purpose, to have a positive impact on people’s lives. In short, we are a global commercial real estate advisory firm with a simple aim: for real estate to play a leading role in creating vibrant buildings, cities and places that deliver long-lasting social value and economic impact.
Why Work for Us:
We believe that our industry is changing, and we want our business to be a melting pot of curious minds, passionate hearts and strategic intelligence. Your gender, religion and race are all highly respected, but are less important to us than your ability to step up and change the game. We provide you with a place where you can do just that, with like-minded people. Collaboration is embedded in the way we work – our people have the autonomy to collaborate on client relationships, engage teams across the business, lead operations, work collectively on projects, participate in strategy and are ultimately responsible for our growth. Our distinctive Principal-led, privately-owned model puts us in the enviable position of being able to offer every employee the opportunity to own a share of our business, and inspires and allows anyone to become a Principal. This role carries voting rights so our people have a very real say in the future direction and operation of our business. This means that we are able to attract, engage and retain the best talent from the industry.
The Legal Department
Avison Young’s legal department currently consists of five attorneys, a U.K. company secretary
and two legal assistants/paralegals, who support the Company’s business functions across its
Avison Young is seeking to fill one of its legal assistant/paralegal positions, to support the
management of Avison Young’s legal affairs and the effective delivery of legal services to the
The successful candidate will report to Nicole White, Principal and Legal Counsel. On a project by project and/or assignment by assignment basis, the successful candidate will take direction from and work closely with each of the company’s attorneys.
The position will be based in Avison Young’s Chicago, Illinois office.
Avison Young is seeking a paralegal with experience handling a broad range of legal matters.
The legal assistant will provide support and assistance to the company’s attorneys. The legal
assistant’s duties may include, but are not limited to:
Preparation and review of contracts, agreements and other documents, including
commercial agreements and employment-related agreements
Assistance with preparation of materials for board and management meetings, including
Maintenance of corporate record books and equity ownership records
Preparation and review of corporate maintenance and compliance filings
Management of relationship with the company’s registered agent service providers
Organization and maintenance of transaction records and files
Tracking, processing and analyzing bills from, and expenditures for, outside legal service providers
Assistance with due diligence activities and investigations, including in connection with M&A transactions and employment-related matters
Conducting legal research as it relates to licensing, regulatory and other legal issues
Assistance with and coordination of document production and information gathering
Tracking and monitoring deadlines and key dates for certain actions
Coordination of activities with other staff functions and business operations
Coordination of activities with outside counsel and opposing counsel
Providing administrative support to the company’s attorneys
Candidates should have:
Demonstrated experience as a legal assistant or paralegal providing substantive legal support and non-substantive administrative support
Strong interpersonal and relationship building skills and ability to work collaboratively with people at all levels within the company and people outside of the company
Ability to communicate (both verbally and in writing) clearly, concisely and timely
Excellent organizational skills
Strong attention to detail
Ability to simultaneously manage multiple matters in a fast paced, high-energy environment while meeting deadlines
Willingness to learn and take-on unfamiliar tasks
Demonstrated ability to continuously improve processes
Experience working in an in-house, corporate legal function
Experience with corporate/commercial/transactional legal matters
Experience with litigation/claims matters
Our Equal Opportunity Commitment:
Avison Young practices as an equal opportunity employer in all services locations around the world. We are committed to building and maintaining a workforce diverse in experience, skills and knowledge with uniformity in service excellence, commitment and integrity.
The firm maintains a strict policy to ensure employment opportunities are equal and do not discriminate based on race, color, religion, creed, age, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, disability, marital and civil partnership/union status, protected veteran or military service status, or any other elements protected by law.
For those requiring assistance with disabilities, information relating to the need for accommodation and accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.
Avison Young is committed to employing the best talent with the most fair and equitable recruitment practices. Apply with us TODAY!