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Director, Associate Counsel - Development


Royal Caribbean Group comprises five distinctive brands that share a vision anchored in excellence. We have a common passion for creative thinking, innovative engineering and outstanding guest service that drives continuous improvement in everything we do. The entire Royal Caribbean family is committed to the legacy of hospitality and culture of innovation that is at the core of our guest service, the protection of our natural environment and responsible citizenship in our global community.



The position operates as designated legal counsel to a number of internal Royal Caribbean departments, including Destination Development, Private Destinations, Port Operations, Guest Port Services, Workplace Solutions, and Environmental Stewardship. This attorney reviews, negotiates, and prepares a variety of contracts, including joint venture, real estate, and development related agreements, and provides strategic legal advice on a broad range of topics. This position provides legal support to the General Counsel and other attorneys in the legal department as required.



  • Manage a broad range of transactional matters, including cruise port development, cruise port operations, cruise port operating concessions, office and retail leases, and preferential berthing agreements.
  • Draft, negotiate, and review (a) transactional real estate documents, including, among others, letters of intent, memorandum of understanding, heads of agreement, development agreements, purchase and sale agreements, lease agreements and confidentiality agreements, (b) loan and other financing documents, and (c) general corporate documents, including, among others, organizational documents, shareholder, partnership, and joint venture agreements.
  • Supports the Company’s environmental sustainability and ESG teams with respect to corporate, brand, and strategic initiatives.
  • Provide strategic legal advice to a number of internal departments and assist with administration of contracts in accordance with Company policies and legal requirements.
  • Participates in the development, structuring, and implementation of business transactions and associated contracts.
  • Develops, creates, improves and drafts standard form contracts.
  • Research, review, and interpret the requirements of governmental agencies, laws, statutes, rules, regulations, and court decisions.
  • Work closely with and provide counsel to business leaders and other cross-functional teams.
  • Identify and evaluate risks and propose solutions to mitigate risks.
  • Perform other duties as required. This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees will be required to perform any other job-related duties assigned by their supervisor or management.



  • Juris Doctor from an accredited U.S. law school, with strong academic credentials.
  • License to practice law required; Florida Bar preferred.
  • Minimum of 6 to 8 years of transactional experience, including real estate and/or corporate deal structuring and implementation.
  • Medium/large law firm and/or in-house experience is preferred.



  • Strong analytical and reasoning skills, excellent judgment, and the ability to make decisions and assess acceptable levels of business risk.
  • Excellent drafting ability; must draft contracts, reports, and business correspondence.
  • Must be able to work independently and efficiently under time pressures and deadlines in a fast-paced environment with attention to detail.
  • Must work with a sense of professional pride, possess a strong work ethic, be proactive, enthusiastic, and flexible, and have business and personal integrity.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with senior management, including the ability to simplify technical and legal jargon; effective public speaking ability.
  • Must be highly organized, detailed oriented, responsive, and dependable.
  • Ability to handle multiple urgent and important matters while maintaining professional but cordial relations with internal clients.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and online research tools.

Nearest Major Market: Miami

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