NAI Global
717 Fifth Avenue, 15th Flr
New York, New York 10022 United States
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Senior Legal Assistant

Scope of Service Experience

Elizabeth “Betty” Gardiner is NAI Global’s Senior Legal Assistant and responsible for preparing and managing membership agreements with NAI offices worldwide. She also collaborates with outside legal counsel to manage the registrations and protection of service trademarks (the NAI Global logo and brand) and website domain names associated with member firms. Betty prepares the sponsorship agreements when a Leadership Summit and Annual Convention sponsor or exhibitor is obtained by the Partnership Developments Director.

Once a new member commits to becoming a NAI Global office, Betty prepares the legal paperwork and follows it through until the agreement is ratified by both parties. Her job also entails tracking and managing contract renewal dates, often a year before a current term is scheduled for renewal, at which time she prepares a statistical summary of the provisions of the member’s agreement. The data points typically include territory, population within that territory and related details. In conjunction with company President and CEO, Betty negotiates renewal terms and conditions with member firms as well as terms and conditions with potential new member firms. 

Betty loves her job, what she does and the corporate team she works with in the Princeton office. The greatest value she adds to NAI Global is an institutional knowledge of the firm, its business model, best practices and the members she has worked with for many years. 

Betty is an avid opera devotee, Member of the Metropolitan Opera Guild and maintains a subscription at The Met. She has attended many opera performances including at many major opera houses throughout Europe.

Background & Experience

The Princeton Junction, New Jersey-native joined NAI Global in 2000. She started her career as a legal secretary, originally part-time and as a single mother so she could raise her sons, both of whom are grown now. Later she worked full-time for one of Union County, NJ’s leading law firms, effectively doing the work of a paralegal including drafting and preparing collective bargaining agreements on behalf of the firm’s clients. She started legal work in commercial real estate when she joined a regional company in 1988 that developed, owned and operated shopping centers; she negotiated and managed lease agreements, among other duties. 


Betty attended Union College in Cranford, NJ where she studied Business Administration and Delaware Valley University in Doylestown, PA, where she studied liberal arts. 

Professional Associations & Designations

Notary Public - State of New Jersey Member:

Member of the Metropolitan Opera Guild