Richard F. Davis is co-chair of the firm’s Hotels, Resorts and Clubs Practice. He brings his knowledge of both international and national real estate, business and finance law to the blog and the firm’s Los Angeles office. He has represented many nationally and internationally known owners, developers, investors, and lenders in all aspects of real estate acquisition, development, operation and finance. He has been involved in international transactions involving more than seventeen countries with particular emphasis on Mexico, Latin America, the Caribbean, Japan, the People’s Republic of China and Europe. Richard has written articles for various industry publications and lectures around the world.

Dennis W. Hillier is recognized as the pioneer in the industry of equity club conversions and membership programs. Having practiced corporate and real estate law with an emphasis on the design of club membership programs for the past 30 years in sunny Florida, it is no surprise that Dennis has designed more than 1,800 membership programs throughout the United States, Caribbean, Europe and the Pacific Rim. His vast knowledge and experience in the hospitality industry,which includes preparing management, operational, franchise, financing and refinancing, and recreational access agreements for resorts, has led him to many speaking engagements throughout the world.

Nelson F. Migdal combines his wealth of knowledge in real estate law with a unique approach that offers clients professional and skillful representation. His practice, out of Greenberg Traurig’s Washington, D.C. office, spans the entire gamut of commercial real estate and hotel operations, including property acquisitions, operations, development and finance, management agreements, leasing and telecommunication matters. Nelson has represented and counseled companies throughout the world and has written and published numerous articles related to real estate law. He has extensive experience in preparing and reviewing documents and agreements for clients, and brings his versatile writing skills and in-depth insight to the Hospitality Law Check-In blog.

Michael J. Sullivan is co-chair of the firm’s Hotels, Resorts and Clubs Practice Group. Mike has wide-ranging experience in the acquisition, development, finance, and disposition of hotels, resorts, branded residences and condo-hotels, and health care-related properties; management, franchise and operating agreements for hotels; publicly financed hotel management agreements; seniors housing management and third-party lease agreements, and the purchase of distressed mortgage debt instruments secured by hospitality-related real estate.

Glenn A. Gerena is a community development and hospitality attorney, whose practice focuses on structuring and documentation for recreational club membership programs and community governance. Glenn has significant experience in a variety of transactions and agreements involving recreational facilities, resorts and residential and mixed use communities.


Phillip C. Gildan focuses on resort and country club community infrastructure development and structuring the interactive governance coordination among the project participants (hotel, club, residences, commercial). Phil helps his hospitality project development clients capture additional value through project infrastructure business models. He also acts as general counsel to numerous clubs throughout the country on their day to day business and membership issues, and helps re-design club membership programs to keep current with changing club market demographics, including conversions to innovative mandatory membership programs.

Marek Grodek focuses his practice on commercial property development and property finance. He advises financial institutions and investment funds on property schemes and industrial employers on EPC FIDIC contracts. Marek also has experience representing developers and property investors in disputes and arbitrations.


Mark D. Hillier has worked at several architectural, land planning, legal, and consulting firms in the recreational and hospitality industries since 1992. Mark is experienced in the areas of recreation and hospitality law, corporate, real estate, 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 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.

Jonathan Perry‘s practice includes the representation of real estate owners, developers, investment firms, institutional and private lenders and business entrepreneurs in all phases of commercial real estate transactions such as the acquisition, development, finance, and disposition of commercial office buildings, hotels and resorts, transit-oriented developments, mixed-use developments, tax increment, and downtown and historic redevelopment and financing.