Counsel, Restaurant Development Legal – McDonald’s Corporation

Job Details

McDonald’s is proud to be one of the most recognized brands in the world, with restaurants in over 100 countries that serve 70 million customers daily. As the global leader in the food service industry, our legacy of innovation and hard work continues to drive us.
From drive thru updates to delivery to mobile order and pay, we are innovating quickly and growing. Joining McDonald’s means thinking big and preparing for a career that can have influence around the world.

At McDonald’s, we see every day as a chance to create positive impact. We lead through our values centered on inclusivity, service, integrity, community and family. From support of Ronald McDonald House Charities to our Youth Opportunity project and sustainability initiatives, our values keep us dedicated to using our scale for good: good for our customers, people, industry and planet. We also offer a broad range of outstanding benefits including a sabbatical program, tuition assistance and flexible work arrangements – check them out here!

We are enjoying the flexibility of a hybrid work model, splitting our time between remote work and connecting with co-workers in our state-of-the-art headquarters.  Located in the booming West Loop of downtown Chicago, it’s set up to be a global hub that cultivates collaboration:

  • Take a class at Hamburger University
  • Sample future items in our Test Kitchen
  • Utilize the latest technology to connect with your team around the globe

We are an equal opportunity employer committed to the diversity of our crew members, staff, operators, and suppliers. We promote an inclusive work environment that creates feel-good moments for everyone. We are interested in people who enhance our company culture: Does this role interest you? We encourage you to apply even if you don’t meet every single requirement!

Job Description

The Restaurant Development Legal Team is a dynamic, experienced team of lawyers, paralegals, and other real estate legal professionals who support the acquisition of real estate to open new McDonald’s restaurants across the U.S. to allow McDonald’s to better serve its communities and create feel good moments for its customers.

Attorneys on the Restaurant Development Legal team are expected to:

  • Have excellent analytical, organizational, and communication skills to provide advice and counsel to business partners on a high volume and diverse portfolio of leasing and acquisition matters;
  • Draft, negotiate, and analyze ground leases, real estate purchase contracts, title, and survey along with other ancillary legal documents;
  • Devise creative, practical solutions to complex legal issues in the context of fast-paced ground lease and real estate purchase transactions to advance business objectives while mitigating risk and protecting the McDonald’s brand;
  • Think strategically to anticipate future business needs and identify existing opportunities, including by developing new practices and leading change efforts to modify existing practices as necessary;
  • Be intellectually curious and adaptable to change, including adopting new technologies to drive efficiency;
  • Work collaboratively on cross-functional teams within the legal department and serve as a commercial real estate subject matter expert.


  • Must be fully vaccinated (i.e., at least 2 weeks after last dose) for COVID-19 and, if hired, present proof of vaccination by start date.
  • You are licensed to practice law and in good standing with a state bar association.
  • You should have 3-5 years of commercial real estate experience in commercial retail leasing and acquisitions from a law firm or in-house real estate position.

Additional Information

McDonald’s is committed to providing qualified individuals with disabilities reasonable accommodations to perform the essential functions of their jobs. Additionally, if you (or another applicant of whom you are aware) require assistance accessing or reading this job posting or otherwise seek assistance in the application process, please contact [email protected]

McDonald’s provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to sex, sex stereotyping, pregnancy (including pregnancy, childbirth, and medical conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth, or breastfeeding), race, color, religion, ancestry or national origin, age, disability status, medical condition, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, protected military or veteran status, citizenship status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Nothing in this job posting or description should be construed as an offer or guarantee of employment.

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Job Status: Open

Regions: Chicago

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