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Reed Smith LLP UK

Paralegal

US Job Description

Firm Information

Reed Smith is a global relationship law firm with more than 1,700 lawyers in 28 offices throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Founded in 1877, the firm represents leading international businesses, from Fortune 100 corporations to mid-market and emerging enterprises. Its lawyers provide litigation and other dispute resolution services in multi-jurisdictional and other high-stakes matters; deliver regulatory counsel; and execute the full range of strategic domestic and cross-border transactions. Reed Smith is a preeminent advisor to industries including financial services, life sciences, health care, advertising, entertainment and media, shipping and transport, energy and natural resources, real estate, manufacturing, technology, and education. For more information, visit reedsmith.com.

Position Summary

Under general supervision and according to established policies and procedures provides legal/general support to the firm's attorneys and their clients.  Must be familiar with and observe the firm's established policies and guidelines.  Must maintain positive contact with attorneys (both the firm's and outside counsel), support staff, clients and vendors.  Observes confidentiality of client and firm matters.  

This position is not limited to the functions and skills listed on this description and responsibilities may be revised as needed.

Essential Functions

• Extensive experience in working on large commercial real estate trasactions;

• Experience in drafting closing documents such as Loan Agreements, Notes, Mortgages, Guaranties, Loan Modification Documents including Forbearance Agreements, Affidavits, Certificates, Deeds and Commitment Letters;

• Experience in analyzing title reports, surveys, zoning certificates and other due diligence documents for loans secured by real estate loans;

• Experience in organizing and assisting with loan and real estate closings;

• Experience in dealing with multi-state loan/acquisition transactions:

• Perform all  the necessary follow-up for all post-closing matters, including finalizing of closing binders;

• Review of entity documents and resolutions;

• Review, prepare and file UCC financing statements and UCC terminations/amendments;

• Coordinate recordation of mortgages, amendments, deeds, easements and other recordable instruments;

• Preparation and review of settlement statements;

• Experience in reviewing leases and preparing abstracts of  leases;

• Ability to review purchase contracts and loan agreements and prepare closing checklists;

• Highly motivated and a self-starter;

• Ability to interact well with attorneys, staff and clients;

• Excellent organizational, writing, and proofreading skills; and

• Ability to track and meet deadlines.

Requirements

 

Education:

Undergraduate degree and paralegal certificate required; will consider candidate with comparable relevant experience in lieu of a paralegal certificate.

Experience:

Paralegal with at least 7 - 10 years of commercial real estate experience with large law firms needed.

Skills:

Excellent verbal and written communication skills as well as the ability to work with individuals at all organizational levels.  Ability to organize and prioritize issues and workload.  The ability to work on projects independently or with little supervision.  Flexibility and ability to adapt to constantly changing priorities.  Exercising independent judgment and initiative.

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