Description of position: Costco Wholesale is seeking an experienced real estate attorney to join the legal team at its corporate headquarters in Issaquah, Washington. Costco is one of the world’s top retailers, with over 106 million members and 847 warehouses in 14 countries/regions, and continues to expand globally. This role will be primarily responsible for supporting Costco’s real estate team to develop new Costco Wholesale warehouse clubs, distribution centers and logistics facilities, primarily in the US but potentially abroad as well. This attorney will supervise outside counsel and other advisors on real estate transactions and related litigation. The candidate must be comfortable operating in a team environment with confidence in his or her judgments and demonstrate an ability to communicate with senior management in a concise and effective way. This position is an “in the office” (not remote work) position.
Responsible for working with the real estate team on the full real estate development cycle, including negotiating and drafting of all real estate transaction documents. Examples include letters of intent; purchase agreements; ground leases; build-to-suit leases; reciprocal easement and operating agreements; municipal incentive and entitlement agreements; development agreements; utility easements, and construction documents.
Provide legal advice and business judgement on real estate transaction and development issues.
Collaborate with Costco’s outside counsel, brokers, development team, architects, engineers, consultants and construction team on real estate transactions and the development of properties.
Monitor, manage, and review work and expenditures by outside counsel to ensure quality and efficacy of legal services.
Develop, draft and maintain real estate form agreements.
Drive compliance efforts on real estate operational issues.
Support the property management group on real estate matters and disputes.