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Senior Attorney, Real Estate

The University of Texas System


Please contact Executive Director of Real Estate Kirk Tames at or 512-499-4369.

Earliest Start Date: Immediately
Monthly Salary: Negotiable

Job Description

In the Office of General Counsel, or OGC, we help our clients solve problems that affect their diverse educational, research and business missions.  Formally, we are a full-service legal department composed of 35 attorneys in five practice groups, known as sections: Business Law, Claims & Financial Litigation, General Law, Health Law and Real Estate.  In partnership with some 75 campus-based attorneys, we serve all 14 institutions within the UT System, plus UT System’s central administrative office, known as UT System Administration. 

Subject to the legal direction of the Vice Chancellor & General Counsel, the selected candidate will report to the Executive Director of Real Estate and provide advice, counsel, and representation on legal matters to UT System and its institutions.  The position will specialize in commercial real estate law, with a particular emphasis on conveyances, leases, and easements, and assists institutions with campus real estate transactions that are critical to the mission of the UT System.  Among other substantive areas, the Real Estate section provides business advice and representation on transactions including purchases, sales, space leases to and from third parties, and ground leases. 

But no single day is typical for any university, so our commitment is to provide, or when necessary develop, all the substantive expertise our clients need.  For that reason, the ideal candidate will be an agile, service-oriented individual who thrives in, and can promote, an atmosphere of constant collaboration and problem-solving.  The preferred candidate will also have the demonstrated ability to function in a complex environment and collaborate with our diverse clients, including UT System’s executives; academic, business and health leaders; and chief legal officers.

Essential Functions

  • Provide legal advice, counsel and assistance;
  • Negotiate and prepare documents for real estate transactions, consistent with UT System's status as a state agency and an institution of higher education;
  • Conduct legal research and prepare written legal opinions for administrative and business officials regarding state and federal real estate legal matters;
  • Communicate with institutional and System officers concerning legal issues and business implications of law, and provide appropriate counsel and guidance;
  • Propose, interpret and review law, policies and documents;
  • Update and prepare forms for real estate transactions;
  • Analyze factual and legal issues;
  • Specialize in real estate law, conveyances, leases, and easements, and train other System personnel;
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications

  • Graduation from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association;
  • Admission to Texas Bar or, for out-of-state applicants licensed in another jurisdiction, Admission Without Examination to Texas Bar within 6 months of hire; and
  • 6 years of experience in the licensed practice of commercial real estate law.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Board certification in Commercial Real Estate Law in Texas; and/or
  • Private sector experience and state government and/or higher education experience, and extensive experience in commercial leasing.

To Apply


Please contact Executive Director of Real Estate Kirk Tames at or 512-499-4369.