Real Estate Paralegal
Reed Smith - Falls Church, VA

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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

Experience in drafting Commercial Real Estate closing documents, such as, Commitment Letters, Notes, Deeds of Trust, Guarantys, Loan Agreements and Loan Modifications;

Support attorneys in reviewing and drafting finance, real estate, foreclosure, transfer, purchase, sale, and lease documents for buyers, sellers and lenders;

Experience in analyzing title reports, underlying documents, surveys, zoning certificates and other due diligence documents for commercial and multi-use real estate loans;

Experience in reviewing leases and abstracting leases;

Experience in organizing and assisting with closings, draft and review closing checklists and prepare closing binders both in electronic and paper format;

Knowledge of basic corporate work, familiarity with state corporation departments websites and ability to search/file or obtain documents online; experience working with corporate service vendors; ability to perform such tasks as, drafting resolutions, doing name searches, incorporations and/or dissolutions;

Experience in dealing with multi-state loan/acquisition transactions;

Coordinate recordation of grant deeds, deeds of trust, amendments, lot line adjustments, and subordination;

Perform due diligence follow-ups, track documents, prepare escrow instruction letters for title and escrow officers to conduct closings, participate in and coordinate closings;

Review and prepare UCC-1 Financing Statements, UCC-3 Terminations and Amendments;

Highly motivated and a self-starter;

Ability to interact well with attorneys, staff and clients;

Good organizational, writing, and proofreading skills; and

Ability to track and meet deadlines.


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

Paralegal with at least 5-8 years of real estate legal experience needed.

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.


Equipment to be used:
Personal computer and other office equipment, such as, telephone, calculator, fax machine, duplicating machine and so on.

Typical Physical Demands:
Manual dexterity sufficient to operate standard office machines.

Typical Mental Demands:
Able to deal with stress associated with fast-paced work environment and multiple priorities/tasks. Make judgment decisions and adapt to changing work situations. Grasp and apply new ideas. Communicate with various personalities at all levels.

Working Conditions:
Works in a typical office setting. Often called upon to work overtime. Willingness and capacity to occasionally travel to off-site locations.

Reed Smith offers a challenging work environment, business casual dress code and a total compensation package that includes a competitive salary, flexible benefits program, tuition assistance, and generous 401(k) plan.

Qualified candidates only. No search firms. Reed Smith is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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