Vice President & Senior Counsel - Global Operations Services & U.S./Canada Lodging
Location: Bethesda, Maryland
Type: Full Time
Required Education: Doctorate
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The Global Operations Services & U.S./Canada Lodging Group is responsible for providing legal support to the departments and disciplines that oversee the company’s global lodging operations platforms and systems and the U.S./Canada continental lodging services and for providing asset management, owner relations and day-to-day operations legal support for the Marriott-operated hotels and residences in the United States and Canada.
The work of the attorneys on the team principally takes the form of providing commercial transactional support (such as negotiating, drafting and interpreting numerous types of contracts) and providing legal guidance on a variety of matters where knowledge of the hotel industry, Marriott’s strategic objectives, and various hotel-related disciplines and certain legal subjects is expected.
The attorney will ultimately report to the Vice President & Assistant General Counsel leading the Global Operations Services & U.S./Canada Lodging Group.
The attorney in this position will focus on representing Marriott with respect to (a) issues arising from existing management agreements (such as interpretations, amendments, terminations or restructurings) and (b) hotel owner transactions (such as sales and financings of hotels). Specific responsibilities include:
Serving as the lead attorney for all owner relations and asset management work with respect to certain ownership portfolios;
Proactively work with clients, including senior leaders, providing legal guidance and advice;
Providing advice on proposed transactions with respect to hotel and residential management agreements, loan documents and other real estate and commercial agreements. ;
Leading negotiations and drafting of management agreements, amendments to hotel and residential management, license agreements, subordination and non-disturbance agreements, account control agreements, outsourcing agreements, design, construction and renovation agreements, , handling legal due diligence, coordinating with other members of the asset management teams, drafting and negotiating closing documents, overseeing closings, and following up on post-closing matters;
Drafting and negotiating complex restructuring of management agreements and related agreements;
Drafting and negotiating documents involved with refinancings, sale/leaseback, and sale/manage back transactions;
Providing advice on myriad hotel operations including working with the finance business partners and other stakeholders on the impact of management agreement provisions on hotel operations, including resolving contract interpretations issues and counseling on owner matters;
Collaborating with other attorneys in the Marriott Law Department and with business partners; and
Implementing law department strategic objectives and processes.
Requirements for Position
Successful candidates should possess the experience, knowledge, and skills as follows:
Excellent academic record with a law degree preferably from a top law school;
Minimum of 12 years legal experience, preferably in commercial transactions, general corporate work or commercial real estate;
Active Bar membership;
Proven contract drafting and negotiating skills;
Ability to expeditiously identify and analyze issues and provide legally sound recommendations consistent with good business practices and reason;
Ability to work under stressful conditions with owners, lenders, and partners of properties in financial distress;
Strong interpersonal skills, and ability to work diplomatically and effectively with individuals at all levels;
Ability to foster relationships and individual accountability across the organization;
Excellent written and oral communication skills;
Strong conflict management skills, and ability to influence without coercion;
Ability to identify opportunities for improvement and to facilitate the implementation of creative solutions;
Ability to work independently, take ownership of and effectively resolve problems; and
Ability to expeditiously identify and assess issues and provide legally sound recommendations consistent with good business practices and reason.
At Marriott, we are committed to putting our associates first and their health and safety are our highest priorities. This position requires associates to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 per current CDC standards or approved for a medical or religious accommodation.
Marriott International is an equal opportunity employer. We believe in hiring a diverse workforce and sustaining an inclusive, people-first culture. We are committed to non-discrimination on any protected basis, such as disability and veteran status, or any other basis covered under applicable law.