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Nelson F. Migdal is Co-Chair of the Hospitality Practice. He focuses his practice on the acquisition and disposition of hotels, hotel operations and management, franchising, licensing and branding, development and finance, large mixed-use projects, hotel management agreements, licensing agreements, commercial real estate acquisition and sale, and commercial leasing.

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.

Written by Nelson F. Migdal and Molly Kane.

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, and being proactive as among the most important characteristics to possess in the hospitality industry. We thought the question was worth a deeper look.

On Bill Marriott’s list of 12 Rules for Success he states that “it is more important to hire people with the right qualities than with specific experience.” So what are the qualities Bill Marriott was referring to and how do they match up with some of the responses to our question? 
Continue Reading Employee Characteristics and Effective Hotel Leadership

Recently, our very own Nelson Migdal, Co-Chair of Greenberg Traurig’s Hospitality Group, joined iGlobal Forum’s 3rd Global Hospitality and Lodging Investment Summit as the chairman and as a
Continue Reading iGlobal Forum Chairman Nelson Migdal Highlights the Dynamics of International Law in the Hospitality Law Sector

Midnight Raid Panel Grabs Attention. Hotel Management Agreements and the midnight raid once again took center stage recently at the Hotel & Lodging Legal Summit sponsored by the Georgetown University Law Center, and was the topic of discussion among attendees long after the panelist had concluded their final remarks. The panel of very seasoned and experienced hospitality professionals examined the “midnight raid” method for the replacement of hotel management in light of recent case law, and offered insights for future agreements and conduct. Some of the “take-aways” were that the rapid and unplanned transfer of hotel management can create disruption of hotel operations adversely impacting the guest, the departing manager and the incoming manager. Even if a hotel owner desires to oust the manager, it can be done in accordance with the management agreement with far less drama and disruption. 


Continue Reading Midnight Raid 2.0, Hotel Management Agreements Under Siege – Hot Topic – Georgetown University Law Center’s Hotel & Lodging Legal Summit 2013