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Associate Counsel



Common Living



New York City, NY, US


Common is the nation’s leading residential brand offering convenience and community through coliving and traditional apartments. Our signature approach to end-to-end property management and technology offerings allows us to deliver unparalleled experiences across 27 buildings, 6 cities, and over 800 members. Common is the preferred choice for both residents looking for a stress-free and all-inclusive living environment, and for real estate owners seeking reliable, above-market returns. Launched in October 2015, we now operate homes in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. and receive over 3,000 new member applications per week.

It’s an exciting time to be part of Common’s team. We challenge ourselves every day not just to think about ways to make city living better, but to activate on those ideas in meaningful ways. Our team is comprised of real estate professionals, designers, engineers, salespeople, marketers, client service representatives, and so much more. We work collaboratively, value self-startership, and embrace a “whatever it takes” mentality to ensure our work is done and done well.

Common was founded by General Assembly co-founder Brad Hargreaves and has raised over $65MM in venture funding.

About the Role

We’re looking for a motivated lawyer able to work independently on complex issues at the intersection of real estate and technology. The role will report to our Senior Director of Legal (the company’s top lawyer) and work closely with our Senior Counsel.   The ideal candidate has experience (or a demonstrable interest) in real estate transactions, landlord tenant law, and “proptech.” The role will be mostly legal but our lawyers need to have a deep understanding of the business so they can design business processes, manage risk, and assist with the development of new products.  


  • Structure, draft, review, and negotiate agreements to lease or manage real property assets; 
  • Provide business-focused legal advice across the organization to all teams on real estate transactional matters, landlord-tenant matters, intellectual property, joint ventures, vendor agreements, and corporate transactions;
  • Monitor and provide guidance on data privacy and other applicable laws and regulations;
  • Support the continuous improvement of our form agreements and legal processes; 
  • & other ad hoc projects from time to time.


  • JD and member of the New York or California bar;
  • 2+ years experience (a) at a top-tier law firm; and/or (b) at a firm specializing in real estate or a real estate related field; and or (c) in-house at a company in the real estate space;
  • Emotional Intelligence;
  • Scrappy and resourceful problem solver;
  • A team player with a “can do” attitude;
  • Attention to detail and the ability to manage a high-volume workload efficiently and smoothly;
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to manage several simultaneous projects under deadline pressure.

What We Offer 

Common truly values our employees and wants to do everything to ensure that our employees are not only happy and professionally fulfilled, but also that they have the opportunity to be healthy. Because of this, we are committed to providing a number of affordable and valuable health and wellness benefits for our employees such as paid vacation and sick time, medical, dental and vision insurance, Company paid life insurance, Company paid STD/LTD Insurance, FSA + HSA options, commuter transit benefits, generous paid parental leave (up to 16 weeks!) and a 401K. Additional benefits such as Company equity, paid holidays, weekly team lunches + weekly happy hours, a fully stocked kitchen, flexible working hours, job training + development opportunities + a great wellness program are also available. And as always, we are regularly evaluating our offerings to ensure employees needs are being met.

We are committed to affirmatively providing equal opportunity to all associates and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, legally protected physical or mental disability, military or veteran status or any other basis protected under applicable federal or state law.

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