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Director, Real Estate Finance Attorney


This is a Full-time position in Springfield, IL posted June 10, 2021.

CIT is a leading national bank focused on empowering businesses and personal savers with the financial agility to navigate their goals. CIT Group Inc. (NYSE: CIT) is a financial holding company with over a century of experience and operates a principal bank subsidiary, CIT Bank, N.A. (Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender). The company’s commercial banking segment includes commercial financing, community association banking, middle market banking, equipment and vendor financing, factoring, railcar financing, treasury and payments services, and capital markets and asset management. CIT’s consumer banking segment includes a national direct bank and regional branch network. Discover more at

The Director, Real Estate Finance Attorney reports to the Chief Counsel of Real Estate Finance. The Director, RE Finance Attorney supports CIT Bank’s commercial lending businesses with a primary emphasis on commercial real estate lending. Experience in other areas of secured lending, including Community Reinvestment Act real estate lending and/or SBA lending, is a plus.

  • Counsel will have significant client interface and will work closely with sales, underwriting and portfolio risk management and other team members in the business unit.
  • Preparation, negotiation and/or review of confidentiality agreements, proposal letters, term sheets, commitment letters, credit agreements, intercreditor agreements and related mortgages, deeds of trust and other security agreements;
  • Retain and manage outside counsel;
  • J.D. degree with superior academic credentials; admitted to the bar of at least one state.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in commercial lending/real estate lending in a corporate law department and/or law firm.
  • Experience in middle-market financing transactions, with an emphasis on commercial real estate lending is required.
  • Experience with other areas of secured lending, including Community Reinvestment Act real estate lending and/or SBA financing is a plus.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to weigh legal risks within a dynamic business environment and deliver proactive and constructive legal advice.
  • Ability to work independently; strong initiative; diligent follow-through.
  • Must be capable of juggling multiple demands while maintaining excellent client relationships and providing prompt legal service.

CIT is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity. It is CIT’s policy to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to their race or perceived race (including traits historically associated with race, such as hair texture and protective hairstyles), color, national origin, nationality, ancestry, citizenship, immigration status, age, sex (including pregnancy, lactation, childbirth or related medical conditions), actual or perceived gender, gender identity, gender expression or transgender (including transgender individuals who are transitioning, have transitioned, or are perceived to be transitioning to the gender with which they identify), religion, creed, marital status, family status, domestic partnership or civil union status, affectional or sexual orientation, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, genetic information or predisposition or carrier status (including testing and characteristics), status as a victim of domestic violence, actual or perceived status as a caregiver, military status and service, protected veteran status, mental or physical disability, perceived disability, record of disability, medical condition, AIDS and HIV status, or any other protected characteristic established by applicable federal, state, or local laws. If you would like more information about your EEO rights as an applicant under the law, please click here:

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