Corporate Counsel - Real Estate





At MetLife, we seek to make a meaningful impact in the lives of our customers and our communities.  In Legal Affairs, we strive to attract, develop and retain diverse talent with the potential to be future leaders of our department and of MetLife as a whole.  We seek legal and compliance professionals who demonstrate high intellectual capacity to understand complex matters facing our company, combined with strong leadership competencies to motivate and inspire higher performance by all our professionals. We take an active role in developing the skills of our talent and guiding their professional growth.  By promoting skill development and career advancement for our professionals, we are better positioned to serve our internal business partners and to help achieve MetLife’s vision of becoming a world-class leader in the insurance, retirement savings and employee benefits industries.



Job Location: United States : New Jersey : Morristown  




The attorney will be part of an active Investments Law group that (i) supports a $61.8 billion portfolio of managed real estate assets, including a $47.7 billion portfolio of commercial mortgage loans and (ii) assists our real estate business partners in originating and managing a diverse commercial mortgage loan and real estate equity portfolio. Specifically, the attorney will provide insightful, timely, and pragmatic counsel on a wide range of legal services in the areas of commercial mortgage loan production, closings and servicing, equity acquisitions and sales, real estate asset management and leasing and build positive business partner relationships with diplomacy.




  • Perform other duties as required.
  • Provide advice and counsel on all legal aspects for a sophisticated commercial real estate investments group. Provide transaction structuring of real estate mortgage loans, mezzanine loans, warehouse lines, acquisitions, development, construction, dispositions and joint ventures. Advise business partners on loan originations, real estate purchase and sales, joint ventures and leases.
  • Counsel business teams involved in all areas of commercial real estate transactional work, new product development and on insurance regulation impacting MetLife’s commercial real estate portfolio.
  • Draft and negotiate contracts, documents and work related to real estate investments, such as loan commitments, joint venture agreements, asset management agreements and leases.
  • Combine technical legal knowledge with sound business acumen and knowledge of relevant and key business initiatives and or objectives to advise our business partners.
  • Have ability to prepare, initiate, advocate and effectively present legal points and recommendations to influence business partners and to represent business partners as legal counsel.
  • Title and survey review.
  • Lease review.
  • Prepare reports for Legal Affairs management.
  • Work with, guide and manage outside counsel, representing the company on loan closings, sales and acquisitions, leasing matters and other loan, asset servicing matters and litigation.
  • May lead a work team or project.



  • Requires a Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school; admitted to practice before a state bar.
  • At least 3 years relevant work experience with a law firm or in-house.
  • Proficient in negotiating, drafting and closing complex loans, sales and acquisitions.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, with solid business acumen. 
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Competencies: Analytical thinking, Problem solving, Demonstrated technical and functional expertise, Exercises sound judgment, Builds collaborative partnerships, Negotiation skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and responsibilities simultaneously.
  • Able to work under limited supervision.





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At MetLife, we’re leading the global transformation of an industry we’ve long defined. United in purpose, diverse in perspective, we’re dedicated to making a difference in the lives of our customers.” 



MetLife is a proud equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to attracting, retaining, and maximizing the performance of a diverse and inclusive workforce. It is MetLife's policy to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, national origin, marital or domestic/civil partnership status, genetic information, citizenship status, uniformed service member or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

MetLife maintains a drug-free workplace.

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Requisition #: 47541 

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