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Corporate Counsel

Company Name:
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company
Marriott International offers you the opportunity to find the hospitality job and career journey that's right for you. With more than 1100 managed properties and 18 brands you'll find us in your neighborhood and in more than 74 countries across the globe. Find Your World(TM) at Marriott.
The attorney will be based in Marriott's worldwide corporate headquarters in Bethesda,
maryland
, and will report to the Vice President & Assistant General Counsel leading the Franchise Development legal team. This team is part of the larger Americas Transactions & Corporate Affairs practice group that includes Marriott's Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate Secretary and Managed Development legal teams.
The Franchise Development team helps Marriott achieve its business objectives by negotiating and drafting contracts with owners, operators and lenders for each newly franchised hotel in the United States and Canada. In addition to initial franchise agreements, the Franchise Development team is responsible for negotiation of comfort letters, terminations, assignments, and amendments prior to a hotel's opening and certain relicensing transactions that occur upon the sale of a franchised hotel. In addition to franchise law, the team advises clients on contracts, trademark, antitrust and agency issues. The Franchise Development team is also responsible for leading the preparation and filing of the annual franchise disclosure documents for each of Marriott's franchised brands, which are required for the lawful offering of franchises
for sale
in the United States and Canada.
The Franchise Development team represents Marriott in meeting its growth objectives and works with various Marriott corporate departments and disciplines in doing so. The work of the attorneys on the team principally takes the form of providing commercial transactional support and providing legal guidance on a variety of matters for which knowledge of the hotel industry, Marriott's strategic objectives, various hotel-related disciplines, and certain legal subjects is essential.
_Specific Job Summary and Expected Contributions_
The attorney in this position will initially focus on providing transactional legal assistance including:
Representing Marriott with respect to reviewing, drafting and negotiating franchise agreements, tri-party lender agreements (comfort letters), guaranties, and other contracts related to Marriott franchised hotels; and
Providing day-to-day advice and training to various areas within Marriott regarding legal issues related to franchising and Marriott's franchise system; and
Providing advice and assuring compliance with franchise regulatory requirements (including preparation of franchise disclosure documents), franchise relationship laws and other relevant laws, including antitrust and agency; and
Providing support and assistance for specific projects, such as acquisitions and multi-unit deals as part of a broader team.
_Candidate Profile_
Excellent academic record with a law degree from a top U.S. law school
Minimum of 5 years of transactional legal experience in a law firm of national reputation, with a strong preference for experience with commercial and corporate transactions
Active Bar membership
Excellent drafting and negotiating skills
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Strong business ethics and personal integrity
Ability to think strategically and provide leadership when needed
Ability to work independently, take ownership of and effectively resolve problems - needs to be a self-starter with a high degree of resourcefulness
Ability to expeditiously identify and assess issues and provide legally sound recommendations consistent with good business practices and reason
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to interact effectively, work diplomatically, and foster relationships with individuals at all levels
Strong conflict management skills and ability to influence and achieve successful results without coercion and without damaging relationships - needs to have a highly collaborative style and attitude
Solid organizational and time management skills with the ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously
Professional presence and approach
Balanced judgment and poise under pressure
Diligence, dependability, and strong work ethic
Flexibility to adapt to changing priorities quickly and comfortably
High energy, drive, and enthusiasm for work
Ability to act independently to improve and increase skills and knowledge
Flexibility for travel
Marriott International is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce and sustaining an inclusive culture.
Hotel/Office: Marriott International HQ
Location: Bethesda, MD, United States
Posted: 6-Jan-2014
Ref#: 140000LS
Job Category: Legal
Brand: Corporate and Regional
Schedule: Full-time
Relocation: No
Position Type: Management

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