Nelson F. Migdal: Lawyer with Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Nelson F. Migdal

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Washington,  DC  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Real Estate
  • Hospitality
  • Real Estate Operations
  • Gaming
Contact InfoTelephone: 202.331.3180
Fax: 202.331.3101
University Hofstra University, B.A., cum laude, 1975
Law SchoolAlbany Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1978
Admitted1979, New York; 1988, District of Columbia

Professional & Community Involvement
•Member, Law360 Hospitality Advisory Board
•Adjunct Faculty, American University Washington College of Law, Hospitality and Tourism Law, 2013-2015
•Adjunct Faculty, American University Washington College of Law
•President, Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys
•Member, International Society of Hospitality Consultants
•Member, ULI Hotel Development Council
•Member, Georgetown Hotel and Lodging Legal Summit Advisory Board
•Program Chair, Global Hotel Symposium, 2013, 2014
•Presenter, Georgetown Hotel and Lodging Legal Summit, 2012, 2013, 2014
•Member, Albany Law School Law Review
•Member, Justinian Society
•Development Chair, D.C. Council, Friends and Alumni Network
•International Co-Chair, BBYO Friends and Alumni Network

BornBronx, New York, May 4, 1953

Nelson F. Migdal focuses his practice on hotel acquisitions, operations, development and finance, large mixed-use projects, hotel management agreements, licensing agreements, commercial real estate acquisition and sale, commercial leasing, and the representation of property owners on telecommunications matters.

Nelson's practice emphasizes hotel management, franchising, licensing and branding, as well as the acquisition and disposition of hotels and other commercial property. He has prepared and reviewed management and franchise agreements, purchase and sale agreements, multiple building covenants, and other documents related to the acquisition, financing, development, leasing, management and disposition of Hotels, resorts and other real and personal property.

Awards & Recognition
•Team Member, a U.S. News - Best Lawyers, Law Firm of the Year in Real Estate Law, 2015
•Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law, Leisure and Hospitality Law, 2007-2015
•Team Member, The Legal 500 United States, Top Tier Firm in Real Estate, 2013 and 2014
•Listed, Chambers USA Guide, 2007-2014
•Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers, 2013-2014
•Team Member, a Law360 Real Estate Practice Group of the Year, 2011, 2012 and 2013
•Team Member, Chambers USA Award for Excellence, Real Estate, 2010, 2013
•Listed, The Washington Post,Washington DC's Top Real Estate Lawyers, 2008-2013
•Team Member, Best USA Law Firm For Real Estate & Environment, The International Legal Alliance Summit, 2011
•Recipient, Smart Lawyer Choice Award, 2008
•Listed, Aquatics International,Waterparks Power 25, 2007-2008
•Listed, SmartCEO, Legal Elite, Real Estate Law, 2007-2008
•Rated, AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5

AV, BV, AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used under in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.

Associated News & Events
Six Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Named to Law360 Editorial Advisory Boards
Greenberg Traurig’s Richard F. Davis to Present on ‘Cross-Border Real Estate Investment Deals’
Greenberg Traurig’s Nelson Migdal Elected President of Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys
Eight Greenberg Traurig Washington, D.C. Attorneys Listed in 2015 Edition of Best Lawyers in America
Four Greenberg Traurig Washington, D.C. Attorneys Recognized in 2014 Chambers USA Guide
Greenberg Traurig Attorneys, Practices Included in 2014 Chambers USA Guide
6 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Appointed to Editorial Advisory Boards
Greenberg Traurig’s Nelson Migdal Named ‘Board Member of the Year’ by the Boutique & Lifestyle Lodging Association
5 Greenberg Traurig Washington D.C. Attorneys Listed in 2014 Edition of Best Lawyers in America
Greenberg Traurig Hospitality Practice Co-Chair Nelson Migdal to Receive Kol Echad Service Award from BBYO

Published Articles
Why Boutique Hotel Management is Unique? A Personalized Guest Experience May Start with the Hotel Agreement
Hotel Management for the Condo Hotel
To Employ or Not to Employ? That is the Question
Hotel Law: Emerging Issues for the Hospitality Industry
Faster Than a Speeding Bullet
Hotel Financing and the SNDA
Condo Hotel Sales - The Next Frontier

Dealing With the Government -- Don't Be Left Holding the Bag
Condo Hotels: What We Should Learn About Sales

Articles, Publications, & Lectures

Nelson has been a speaker at The Lodging Conference, RealShare, Hotel Business, IMN and other real estate and hospitality conferences. He was recently featured on the Commercial Real Estate Show where he spoke on hotel performance before and during the recession, touching on subjects such as volume cap rates, property financing and branding, and other industry topics. Nelson is also the author of numerous articles on the subject of real estate and the hospitality industry, including:

•Author, Hotel Law: Transactions, Management and Franchising, Routledge, 2015, ISBN: 978-1-138-77952-5
•Presenter, How Will the 11th Edition of the Uniform System Affect Your Management Agreement? Washington, D.C., February 25, 2015
•Presenter, Hotel Essentials Webinar, Lawline, 2015
•Presenter, Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys, Spring 2014
•Presenter, ULI/Cornell Society Hospitality Program, 2014
•Presenter, Trends, ULI, 2014
•Presenter, BLIS III, 2014
•Quoted, Hospitality Group Of The Year: Greenberg Traurig, Law 360, January 17, 2014
•Presenter, Georgetown Hotel and Lodging Legal Summit, 2012 and 2013
•Author,, Blog devoted to the hospitality industry, 2013
•Author, Issues and Opportunities for the Hospitality Industry, Trend Report, July 2012
•Author, Dealing with the Gov't - Don't Be Left Holding the Bag, Law360, April 5, 2012
•Author, Franchise Follies and Management Agreements for Boutique Hotels, Globe Street, March 2011
•Author, Why Boutique Hotel Management is Unique? A Personalized Guest Experience May Start With The Hotel Management Agreement, The Boutique & Lifestyle Lodging Association, October 8, 2010
•Author, Franchise Agreements vs. Management Agreements: Which One Do I Choose? Hotel, December 2009
•Author, To Employ or Not to Employ? That is the Question, Hotel, October 2009
•Author, In-Closing - There Can Still Be a Closing, Just No Closing Dinner,, July 2008
•Co-Author, The Battle Over Hotel Brand Standards and the Effect on the Bottom Line,, July 2008
•Manuscript Reviewer, Resort Development, Urban Land Institute Development Handbook Series, 2nd Edition, 2008
•Co-Author, Hotel Law: Emerging Legal Issues,, June 2007
•Author, Faster than a Speeding Bullet, Real Estate Finance, April 2007
•Co-Author, Hotel Acquisition Land Mines,, February 2007
•Co-Author, Massachusetts Taxes Hotel Investors. Will This Result Spread? Real Estate Forum, 2007
•Author, Hotel Financing and the SNDA,, October 2006
•Author, Best Defense for Workplace Disputes Is Properly Conducted Investigations, Real Estate Forum, October 2006
•Author, Protecting Your Good Name The New Power In Licensing, Washington SmartCEO, August 2006
•Author, Condo Hotel Management Challenges, Hotel, June 2006
•Author, Special Needs of Retail Bank Tenants Should Be Noted in Lease Agreements, Real Estate Forum, June 2006
•Author, Do Bank Tenants Have Unique Concerns and Needs? You Can Bank On It!, May 2006
•Author, Condo Hotel Sales-the Next Frontier, April 2006
•Author, Leasing Fundamentals and the Bottom Line, April 2006
•Author, Restaurant Leases - Deliciously Profitable or the Path to Heartburn, June 7, 2005
•Author, Avoiding Employee Problems: Tips For Hospitality Industry Employers, October 21, 2004
•Author, Real Estate Contracts Today, October 5, 2004
•Author, The Woodley Road Appeal: Finally a Decision, but Less than Meets the Eye?, June 4, 2004
•Author, Challenges and More in 2004, October 30, 2004
•Author, Hotels Should Consider Nan's Law a Wake-up Call, May 28, 2004
•Author, Hotel Security - Where the Claims Are?, February 5, 2004
•Author, National Electric Code Requires the Removal of Abandoned Cabling, BUT WHO PAYS?, October 30, 2003
•Author, FCC Stands Firm on RF Radiation Standards - For Now, October 30, 2003
•Author, WANTED: A Good Telecom Access Agreement (Now More Than Ever), October 30, 2003
•Author, Management Agreement Turmoil A Word to the Wise: Disclosure, October 21, 2002
•Author, Building Access and Speeding the Process with The Model Agreement, September 17, 2002
•Author, What Is in Your Guest's In-Room Safe?, July 30, 2002
•Author, The State of the Hospitality Industry: The Legal Perspective, March 15, 2002
•Author, The New Frontier - Telecom Access, January 22, 2002

Areas of Concentration
•Hospitality and resorts
•Hotel management and operations
•Real estate acquisition, development and leasing

Reported CasesSignificant Representations: Manager's Counsel for the Baccarat Hotel, New York.; Owner's Counsel for the Waldorf Astoria, New York.; Owner's Counsel for the Montage Laguna Beach Hotel.; Owner's Hospitality Counsel, portfolio acquisition of 20 hotels.; Owner's Counsel for the AC Marriott Hotel, Maryland.; Owner's Counsel for the San Jose Hotel, Austin, Texas.; Owner's Counsel for the Hilton Hotel, Irvine, CA.; Owner's Counsel for the Wyndham Baltimore Hotel.; Owner's Counsel for the ALoft, Houston, Texas.; Franchisee's Counsel for the Navy Yard Homewood Suites.; Manager's Counsel for The Sanderling Resort & Spa.; Owner's Counsel for the Hilton Garden Inn, Rosslyn, New York.; Owner's Counsel for the Commune, New York City.; Owner's Counsel for the Hyatt Place, Washington, D.C.; Owner's Counsel for the acquisition of the Tapatio Springs Resort.; Owner's Counsel for the Holiday Inn Soho Hotel.; Manager's Counsel for the Luxury Collection Montclaire Hotel.; Owner's Counsel for the Amendment of Hotel Management Agreements, Panama.; Manager's Counsel for the James, West Hollywood.; Owner's Counsel for management of the Raleigh Hotel, Miami.; Manager's Counsel for the Surrey, New York.; Owner's Counsel for the acquisition of the Bethesda Marriott.; Counsel to MGM for National Harbor, Maryland.; Owner's Counsel for a portfolio transaction for Latin and Central American hotels.; Owner's Counsel for the Conversion of the Bristol Buenaventura Resort, Panama.; Owner's Counsel for the Acquisition of the Beach House, South Carolina.; Owner's Counsel for the TRYP by Wyndham, Panama.; Owner's Counsel for the Hyatt Place, Baltimore.; Purchasers' Counsel for the Renaissance Arts and Pere Marquette, New Orleans.; Counsel for Hard Rock Holdings, Philadelphia.; Owner's Counsel for the Acquisition of The Sanderling Resort & Spa.; Owner's Counsel for the 5 Beekman Hotel.; Owner's Counsel for the Capella, Washington, D.C.; Owner's Counsel for the Yotel New York Hotel.; Counsel, Boutique Lodging & Lifestyle Association (BLLA).; Owner's Counsel for the NoMad Hotel.; Seller's Counsel for the Courtyard Navy Yard Hotel.; Owner's Counsel for the Tucker's Point Resort, Bermuda.; Owner's Counsel for TRYP by Wyndham, Quebec City, Canada.; Licensor's Counsel for the Planet Hollywood Master Global License.; Counsel for Hard Rock Holdings, Northfield Park, Ohio.; Counsel for Hard Rock Holdings, Eurovegas, Hungary.; Counsel for Hard Rock Holdings, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.; Counsel for Hard Rock Holdings, Cancun Palace Resort, Aventura Palace Resort, Vallarta Palace Resort, Mexico.; Owner's Counsel for The Trump Ocean Club in Punta Pacifica, Panama.; Owner's Counsel for the Trump SoHo.; Owner's Counsel for the St. Regis, Hamilton, Bermuda.; Owner's Counsel for a large mixed use resort in Costa Rica.; Owner's Counsel for Echelon Place, Las Vegas.; Owner's Counsel for an extended stay portfolio acquisition.; Acquisition of the Fairmont Washington Hotel.; Owner's Counsel for the Fairmont Bar Harbor, Maine.; Development and management of the Hilton Branson Landing Convention Center Complex.

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Franchise Agreement Transfer Provisions
Samantha Ahuja,Nelson F. Migdal, March 26, 2015
The number of hotels, particularly limited service hotels, operating under franchise agreements has exploded in recent years, and this trend is expected to continue in the near term. Franchise agreements, including those in the hospitality industry, are personal contracts for the benefit of the...

Employee Characteristics and Effective Hotel Leadership
Molly Kane,Nelson F. Migdal, November 28, 2014
What are the most important characteristics to possess in the hospitality industry? This question was recently posed among a highly experienced group of hospitality industry attorneys. Responses to the question included: enthusiasm for customer experience, working as a team, reliability, honesty,...

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2101 L St., N.W., Suite 1000
WashingtonDC 20037


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