Mark D. Hillier has worked in several architectural, land planning, legal, and consulting firms in the Recreational and Hospitality Practice since 1992. Mark is experienced in the areas of recreation and hospitality law, corporate, real estate, timeshare, infrastructure, securities, and taxation and has been active in events of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Southeastern/Caribbean Council and the national ULI. Mark also has experience in structuring private residence and fractional membership programs, infrastructure cost recovery programs, conservation easements, marina slip membership programs, resort membership programs, community based and stand-alone golf and country club membership programs in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Mexico.
Areas of Concentration
· Recreation and hospitality law
· Corporate law
· Real estate
Professional & Community Involvement
· Full Member, Urban Land Institute, 2000-Present
- Southeast Florida and Caribbean District Council, Executive Committee, 2004-Present
- Chair, Young Leaders Group Committee, 2003-2004
- Recreational Development Council, Red Flight, 2003-Present
· Member, American Bar Association, 2000-Present
· Member, Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity, 1998-Present
Awards & Recognition
· Team Member, a Law360 "Real Estate Practice Group of the Year," 2011 and 2012
· Member, Winning Team, Chambers USA Award for Excellence, Real Estate, 2010
· Represented land developers, amenity owners and member groups in structuring club membership programs including:
- Formulating new specialized stand-alone clubs (such as International Polo Club Palm Beach in Florida and The Shoals Club in North Carolina)
- Restructuring existing golf, country and resort clubs to fund amenity expansions and renovations and increase cash flow (The Club at PGA West in California, Dorado Beach in Puerto Rico, Muirfield Golf Club in Ohio and Royal Palm Yacht & Country Club in Florida)
- Structuring community-based private, semi-private, and resort clubs to accelerate residence and homesite absorption (Timberline Golf Club in Alabama, The Grand Golf Club in California and Shooting Star in Wyoming)
- Designing and documenting slip membership programs that enabled marina owners to capitalize on marina investments (Sunset Harbour Yacht Club in Florida)
· Researched Do-Not-Call legislation and prepared club marketing strategy that incorporated new telephone contact restrictions.
· Represented land developers and amenity owners in negotiating amenity access agreements and hotel management agreements.
· Represented land developers and amenity owners in designing Founder Membership Programs to fund facilities construction.
· Represented land developers and resort owners in registering projects with land sales and timeshare regulators.
· Represented land developers in structuring conservation easements.
· Intern, Victor S. Johnson III, District Attorney General, Nashville, TN, 1998-1999
· Intern, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Washington, D.C., 1996-1997
Publications & Presentations
Articles, Lectures & Publications
· Moderator, "Condo-Hotels and Golf," Urban Land Institute, Developing Golf Courses and Resort Communities Conference, Indian Wells, California, April 2006
· Speaker, "Partnering for Profit: New Ways to Provide Infrastructure," Urban Land Institute, Developing Master Planned Communities Conference, Denver, Colorado, June 2005
· Speaker, WFR Fractions Conference, 2004
· Moderator, Crittenden Golf Inc. Show, San Diego, California, 2005
· Journal of Entertainment Law & Practice, 1998-2000
(Also at West Palm Beach Office)