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Real Estate Lending & Investment Attorney

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The Northwestern Mutual Law Department is seeking an experienced and agile real estate investment attorney interested in joining a diverse, challenging, and fast-paced practice advising the Company on a wide range of issues as the Company works to transform how clients experience financial security.

What's the role:

This attorney will be a member of the Department’s Real Estate Investments Team and will support the Company’s $240+ billion investment portfolio.  Specifically, this attorney will provide legal advice on matters relating to the Company's commercial mortgage loan and real estate equity portfolio. Most legal work is handled entirely in-house. In addition to base salary discussed below, Northwestern Mutual offers a competitive total rewards package including eligibility for a bonus under the Company’s annual incentive compensation plan. ​
 

As a member of the Real Estate Investments Team, this attorney will:

  • Serve as primary legal counsel to the Company's real estate investment professionals in structuring, negotiating and documenting complex, direct commercial mortgage loans (floating, fixed, permanent and construction), real estate acquisitions and joint venture and development transactions; and
  • Provide legal support for a wide range of asset management and loan servicing activities for the Company’s real estate investment portfolio including development matters, joint venture amendments, consents to loan transfers, leasing and management agreements, and other asset management and loan servicing needs.
     

Bring Your Best! What this role needs:

  • Candidates must have at least three to seven years of legal experience in one or more of the following areas: commercial mortgage lending, commercial real estate development, real estate joint ventures, large commercial real estate acquisitions. 
  • To qualify, this candidate must be able to analyze a variety of legal issues, synthesize complex information, and provide solution-oriented legal advice to business professionals throughout the enterprise.  
  • A candidate must have an exemplary academic record and a Juris Doctorate degree; note that a license to practice law in the State of Wisconsin or a commitment to become licensed within the first year of employment is required.
     

Desired personal attributes:

  • The scope of this role may change over time to respond to business needs.  The successful candidate will be flexible and adaptable in terms of general skill sets & aspirations.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, a highly analytical and curious mind, creativity, comfort dealing with ambiguity, integrity, high ethical standards, and a positive demeanor.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate and contribute effectively in a team environment and to manage a multijurisdictional practice.
  • Ability to work autonomously and to effectively prioritize multiple tasks at the same time.
  • A keen problem-solving approach using sound legal reasoning and practical business judgment to identify and address risks and achieve results that balance benefits for all stakeholders of the enterprise.
     

Information About Northwestern Mutual and the Law Department:

Of the Northwestern Mutual Law Department’s approximately 125 people, approximately 80 are lawyers, having come to Northwestern Mutual from all around the country after having graduated from a multitude of law schools and undergraduate institutions and having practiced in a wide variety of settings.  The balance of the Department consists of highly-skilled paralegals and research and administrative professionals who support significant aspects of the Department’s operations.  Our Law Department (in every aspect of its operation, including the Law Department Leadership Team, the Department’s practicing lawyers, and the Department’s professional administrative staff) is inclusive and diverse, comprising a rich mixture of men and women who come from a wide variety of ethnic and religious backgrounds and includes people of color and those who are openly gay or lesbian.
 

The Northwestern Mutual Law Department provides the vast majority of legal services in nearly all disciplines directly to the Company, with only select utilization of outside counsel.  There are nine main practice teams within the Law Department:  Insurance Products and Operations; Investment Products and Advisory Services; Digital and Enterprise Operations; Corporate and Tax; Distribution; Litigation; Enterprise Governance; Private Securities Investments; and Real Estate Investments.  Lawyers have the opportunity to develop a thorough understanding of the Company’s business needs and are fully engaged in the execution of the Company’s business strategy.  This allows members of the Law Department to provide the most timely and effective counsel in an efficient manner and leads to greater career satisfaction for our attorneys, paralegals, and professional administrative staff.

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Compensation Range:

Pay Range - Start:

$146,440.00

Pay Range - End:

$271,960.00

Northwestern Mutual pays on a geographic-specific salary structure and placement in the salary range for this position will be determined by a number of factors including the skills, education, training, credentials and experience of the candidate; the scope, complexity as well as the cost of labor in the market; and other conditions of employment. At Northwestern Mutual, it is not typical for an individual to be hired at or near the top of the range for their role and compensation decisions are dependent on the facts and circumstances of each case. Please note that the salary range listed in the posting is the standard pay structure. Positions in certain locations (such as California) may provide an increase on the standard pay structure based on the location. Please click here for additiona l information relating to location-based pay structures.

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We are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age or status as a protected veteran, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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