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Pennington LLP – Star Real Estate Leasing Attorney

Pennington LLP is looking for an experienced, motivated, and entrepreneurial transactional attorney working at a partner level to join our firm as either counsel or partner and manage our robust leasing practice.  The ideal candidate will have at least 8 years of law firm or in-house experience with responsibility for and focus on sophisticated office and retail lease transactions.  At our firm, this person will be responsible for all aspects of our leasing practice, including drafting, reviewing and negotiating leases with both landlords and tenants, and managing both lawyers and paralegals. The role also requires preparing and reviewing lease amendments and letter agreements, due diligence materials, estoppel certificates, subordination, non-disturbance, and attornment agreements, and other real estate related functions. While extensive experience in commercial leasing is required, experience in acquisitions, dispositions, development and finance is also helpful.  Our office is located in San Francisco, but the right candidate need not be located in the Bay Area. 


Pennington LLP is a women-owned firm with lawyers who worked for many years at large international law firms. We focus on providing excellent legal services to our clients with real estate interests, at rates that are much less than the big firms.  And having as much fun as possible along the way.  As a small firm, we are able to choose clients who share our values and enjoy working as a team.  Regardless of the magnitude of the transaction, we approach each deal with the service, responsiveness, and care that clients deserve.


We are looking for candidates with the following qualifications:


  •  J.D. from top-tier law school and admission to California bar
  •   Top-tier law firm and/or sophisticated in-house leasing experience
  •  8+ years of legal experience as a commercial leasing attorney
  •   Prefer some portable clients or other showing of ability to manage and retain clients
  • Strong drafting and analytical skills
  •  Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
  •   Ability to efficiently manage multiple tasks and responsibilities


Personality fit is important in a small firm.  Candidate should have the following attributes:


  •   Positive and enthusiastic about his/her work
  •  Friendly and collaborative approach with both colleagues and clients
  • Flexible (in a small firm there is no hierarchy – everyone has to be willing to do whatever they can to pitch in)
  • Entrepreneurial – eager to work to find and retain clients who are a good match for the firm
  • Motivated to get deals done as efficiently as possible


We provide a benefit package to ensure our attorneys can focus on providing high-quality legal work, including:


  • Locational flexibility, including the ability to work completely remote for the right candidate
  • Salary based on 1200 hour requirement, with bonuses for productivity and revenues
  • 401(K) plan and matching contribution
  • Commuter benefits
  • Reimbursement for home office set-up and supplies, including internet and phone services
  • Support and budget for marketing efforts
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