baltimore, Maryland

Posted Date

May 22, 2024

Contact Information

Katherine Bainbridge
mswift@oag.state.md.us

Job Title:         Senior Counsel for Real Estate and Transactions                                      Position Type:  Regular Full-Time

Salary:             $102,170 – $171,409.  The salary range is based on a multitude of factors including applicable personnel rules, regulations, and guidelines. 

Location:         Office of the Attorney General, Higher Education Division                        200 St. Paul Place Baltimore, MD 21202

 

Telework:         A hybrid remote telework and in-office schedule option is available per applicable policies and procedures.

 

DESCRIPTION:  The Attorney General is the chief legal officer of the State of Maryland. The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has the general charge, supervision, and direction of the State’s legal business, acting as legal advisors and representatives of the major agencies, various boards, commissions, officials, and institutions of State Government.  The OAG also protects the public by civil enforcement of antitrust, civil rights, consumer protection, and securities laws and regulations and by the prosecution of organized crime, Medicaid fraud, environmental crimes, insurance fraud, state tax evasion, and other statutorily assigned matters. As Maryland’s 47th Attorney General, Anthony G. Brown leads the Office with a critical focus on equity, justice, and fairness.

 

The Office of the Attorney General is seeking enthusiastic applicants for the position of Senior Counsel for Real Estate and Transactions within its Higher Education Division. This role offers a unique opportunity to provide expert legal advice and representation to Maryland’s public higher education institutions on a wide range of complex matters encompassing real estate, transactions, financing, utilities, energy, and environmental issues. The successful candidate will play a crucial role in supporting the legal needs of Maryland’s esteemed higher education institutions and shaping legislative and policy initiatives in these areas.

Responsibilities

The Legal Counsel and Representation responsibilities include: Providing comprehensive legal advice and representation to Maryland’s public higher education institutions on matters related to real estate, including leasing, acquisitions, dispositions, and public-private partnerships (PPPs); Conducting thorough legal research and analysis to advise clients on the interpretation and application of relevant laws, regulations, and policies governing real estate transactions; Drafting, reviewing, and negotiating a variety of real estate documents, contracts, agreements, and other legal instruments to protect the interests of the institutions; and Representing clients in negotiations, mediations, arbitrations, administrative proceedings, and litigation related to real estate and transactional matters.

The Policy Development and Legislative Initiatives responsibilities include: Monitoring legislative and regulatory developments at the state and federal levels affecting real estate, transactions, financing, utilities, energy, and environmental issues relevant to higher education; Participating in the formulation of institutional policies, guidelines, and procedures related to real estate management, asset optimization, risk mitigation, and sustainable development practices; and Engaging with key stakeholders, advocacy groups, legislators, and government agencies to advocate for legislative and policy reforms that support the interests and objectives of Maryland’s public higher education institutions.

Finally, this position is also responsible for providing Transactional Support: Collaborating with institutional stakeholders, including senior leadership, administrative teams, and external partners, to assess and strategize real estate transactions and initiatives; Assisting in structuring and implementing complex real estate transactions, including financing arrangements, joint ventures, development projects, and public-private partnerships, to advance institutional goals and objectives; and Providing guidance on compliance with regulatory requirements, land use planning, zoning ordinances, environmental regulations, and other legal considerations impacting real estate transactions.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have excellent legal skills and a minimum of 5 years’ experience handling transactional matters. Experience in commercial real property transactions, public or corporate finance, and public private partnerships is desirable. Candidates must be a member of the Maryland Bar or eligible to waive into the Maryland Bar.

Application Process

Interested persons should submit a resume with a cover letter, two writing samples, and three references to: Katherine Bainbridge, Chief, Higher Education Division, Office of the Attorney General, 200 St. Paul Place, Baltimore, Maryland 21202, or via email to Michelle Swift, mswift@oag.state.md.us, by close of business on Monday, June 24, 2024. Please write “Senior Counsel for Real Estate and Transactions – HED” in the subject line of the email.