Hotel & Hospitality Law

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As a full-service law firm with offices located across the United States and in Canada, including popular tourist areas like Las Vegas, Nashville, Austin, and Fort Lauderdale, as well as Washington, D.C., and Toronto, Ontario, Dickinson Wright’s hotel and hospitality practice provide a multidisciplinary approach to the representation of hoteliers in areas including financing, development, and management of hotels and other hospitality projects.

From raising capital to purchasing land and securing permits to construction risk management to implementing management agreements and liquor licensing to data privacy and cybersecurity best practices, our hotel and hospitality lawyers provide comprehensive counsel throughout the entire lifecycle of a project. We have advised hoteliers and hospitality clients on an array of projects, ranging from the development of international hotels and resorts to acquisitions and operations of boutique hotel groups. No matter the scale, Dickinson Wright’s hotels and lodging team can help individuals and businesses make their mark in the hospitality industry.

Whether you are a hotel investor, operator, or owner looking to form a hotel business, purchase a new property, or secure financing, Dickinson Wright’s hotel and hospitality lawyers can assist!

Our Services

• Acquisitions & dispositions   • Litigation & alternative dispute resolution  
 • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance  • Mixed-use projects
 • Capital-raising, financing & investment transactions  • Multistate portfolio transactions
 • Construction & design  • Patents – IP protection
 • Cybersecurity  • Portfolio management
 • Design & construction contracts  • Public & private development
 • Franchise agreements  • Regulatory compliance
 • Hotel & resort restructurings  • Tax structuring
 • Labor-management relations  • Workouts & restructurings
 • Leasing  • Zoning & land use
 • Liquor licensing  


Representative Matters

  • Co-invented a patent-pending Equity Preservation UPREIT structure, employed to acquire several hotels.
  • Increased property performance demonstrating high market share capture compared to competitors.
  • Represented clients through company inception, acquisitions, and dispositions of $100m in assets to achieve projected investor returns.
  • Oversaw the implementation of a patent-pending acquisition structure, allowing hoteliers to become partners and preserve equity while properties stabilized after the pandemic spurred market uncertainties.
  • Acted as lead counsel to a lender in financing a nine-hotel portfolio in multiple Canadian provinces.
  • Acted as lead counsel to a lender in financing the acquisition of 16 hotels over two years by a Real Estate Investment Trust in several provinces across Canada.
  • Served as lead counsel for hotels regarding corporate governance and structure, trademarks, beer, and liquor licensing and compliance.
  • Advise clients on documenting, negotiating and closing real estate transactions for various property types, including residential, office, retail, industrial, vacant land, hotel-casino, restaurant, convenience store, and marijuana facilities. 
  • Counsel to landlords and tenants in leasing commercial property, including office, mixed-use, industrial, retail, hotels, casinos, convenience stores, restaurants, and marijuana facilities. 
  • Advised clients regarding corporate law matters for various hospitality entities, including entity selection, business formation, corporate governance, conversion, and mergers.
  • Facilitating negotiation, preparation, and closing of equity and asset purchase agreements for multiple business categories, including hotels.
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