Michael J. Sullivan

Michael J. Sullivan (Orlando, Florida)

Michael J. Sullivan

Attorney in Orlando, FL
Michael J. Sullivan is Co-Chair of the firm's Hospitality 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; construction and permanent financings (balance sheet and CMBS); and the purchase of distressed mortgage debt instruments secured by hospitality-related real estate.

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, 2005-2015
•Listed, Lawyer of the Year, Orlando Real Estate Law, 2013
•Team Member, The Legal 500 United States, Top Tier Firm in Real Estate, 2013 and 2014
•Listed, Chambers USA Guide, Real Estate and Leisure Hospitality, 2004-2014
•Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Florida Super Lawyers, 2006-2014
•Team Member, a Law360 Real Estate Practice Group of the Year, 2011, 2012 and 2014
•Team Member, Chambers USA Award for Excellence, Real Estate, 2010 and 2013
•Listed, The Legal 500 United States, 2007-2010 and 2012
•Rated, AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5

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01.03.13
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11.20.12
Greenberg Traurig Receives Most Overall First-Tier Rankings for Florida in the 2013 U.S. News - Best Lawyers 'Best Law Firm' Listings
11.01.12
Greenberg Traurig Receives Most Overall First-Tier Rankings in the 2013 U.S. News - Best Lawyers 'Best Law Firm' Listings
10.02.12
Greenberg Traurig Orlando Shareholders Joel D. Maser and Michael J. Sullivan Named 'Lawyers of the Year' by Best Lawyers in America

Published Articles
07.02.12
Restructuring the Condo Hotel Equity Model
12.05.11
The Tale of an Ousted Hotel Manager - Understanding the Mal-Alignment of Interests of Hotel Owners and Hotel Managers

Articles, Publications, & Lectures

Articles
•Quoted, Hospitality Group Of The Year: Greenberg Traurig, Law 360, January 17, 2014
•Author, Restructuring the Condo Hotel Equity Model, Real Estate Finance Journal, Summer 2012
•Author, The Tale of an Ousted Hotel Manager: Understanding the Mal-Alignment of Interests of Hotel Owners and Hotel Managers, HotelExecutive.com, December 5, 2011
•Author, Remedying Athlete Agent Abuse: A Securities Law Approach, Entertainment & Sports Law Journal, Vol. 2, No. 1, University of Miami School of Law, Fall 1984

Lectures
•Moderator, Hotel Management Agreements: Aligning Interests Post Recession, 36th Annual NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference, June 2014
•Panelist, 34th Annual NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference, New York, New York, June 2012
•Moderator, Hotel Management Agreement Stress Points in the Post Sub-Prime Meltdown, NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference, June 2011
•Panelist, 2010 Healthcare Reform Legislation - Impacts on Real Estate Markets, The Orlando Business Journal, June 2010
•Panelist, 32nd Annual NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference, New York, New York, June 2010
•Panelist, Practicing Law Institute - Hotels, New York, June 2010
•Panelist, Practicing Law Institute - Hotels, New York, February 2010
•Panelist, 31st Annual NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference, New York, New York, June 2009
•Panelist, Practicing Law Institute - Hotels, New York, New York, May 2009
•Panelist, Practicing Law Institute - Hotels, New York, New York, May 2008
•Panelist, 30th Annual NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference, New York, New York, June 2008
•Panelist, Practicing Law Institute - Hotels, New York, New York, September 2007
•Panelist, 29th Annual NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference, New York, New York, June 2007
•Panelist, 28th Annual NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference, New York, New York, June 2006
•Panelist, Practicing Law Institute - Hotels, New York, New York, May 2006
•Panelist, 27th Annual NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference, New York, New York, June 2005
•Panelist, 26th Annual NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference, New York, New York, June 2004

Areas of Concentration
•Acquisition, development, finance and disposition of hotels, resorts, branded mixed-use hotel, residence and condo-hotel projects, senior living communities, surgical centers and medical office buildings
•Hotel management and franchise agreements; publicly financed hotel management agreements
•Public and private development and finance agreements
•Real estate sale-leaseback transactions
•Workouts and restructurings
•Hotel and health care facility construction, mezzanine, bridge and term financings
•Commercial, ground and net leasing

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Peer Rating 5.0 of 5

Areas of Law

Areas of Law
  • Hotels, Resorts and Clubs
  • Real Estate
  • Gaming
  • Financial Institutions

Peer Rating

Peer Rating

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Experience & Credentials

Firm Details
Position
Co-Chair, Hospitality Group; Shareholder
Admission Details
Admitted in 1984, Florida
Law School Attended
University of Connecticut School of Law
Class of 1984
J.D.
with honors
University Attended
Yale University
Class of 1980
B.A.
Birth Information
Born in 1957
New Haven, Connecticut, 1957
Associations & Memberships

Professional & Community Involvement
•Board Member, YMCA, Orlando Metropolitan, Board of Directors
•Chairman, Aspire Charter Academy School, Orlando, Florida, Board of Directors
•Faculty, Practicing Law Institute (Hospitality)
•Member, Central Florida Yale Club
•Member, Yale College Alumni, Real Estate Association
•Past Member, Orange County, International Drive Community Redevelopment Area, Advisory Board
•Past Member, St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church Parish, Council and Development Committee

Representative Cases
Significant Representations: Represented an affiliate of Goldman Sachs and Petra Capital Management in the sale of the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort and Spa, a 511 guest room resort and spa in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Represented The Related Companies (New York) in the acquisition of the W Fort Lauderdale Hotel & Residences and related financings of the Hotel and Residence components. Represented Hilton Hotels Corporation in connection with the development and management of a 500-room Waldorf Astoria and a 1,000-room Hilton in the Bonnet Creek master development near Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Represented Hilton Hotels Corporation in the land acquisition, joint venture agreement negotiations, hotel management agreement negotiations, and local government permitting and entitlements with respect to the 1,400-room Hilton Hotel under construction on International Drive in Orange County, Florida. Represented owners and hotel brands in luxury and upper upscale hotel ownership and development joint ventures and related hotel management agreements. Represented private equity funds in the purchase of distressed debt instruments secured by hotels and related hospitality real estate. Represented private equity funds and REITs in the purchase of upper-upscale, upscale and mid-scale urban hotels. Represented owners in the negotiation of hotel management agreements involving luxury and upper-upscale hotels in the United States, Mexico and South America. Represented CNL Retirement Properties, Inc. and affiliates in the acquisition of 22 medical office facilities from Medical Office Properties, Inc. for a total price of $256 million. Represented CNL Retirement Properties, Inc. in a $109 million capital sale leaseback transaction involving 11 assisted living communities. Represented CNL Retirement Properties, Inc. in the acquisition of 26 medical office properties from The DASCO Companies LLC and affiliates for $206 million and related financings. Represented Hilton Hotels Corporation in the sale of the Harrison Conference Center's subsidiary to Aramark Corporation. Represented Hilton Hotels Corporation in the sale of the Red Lion Hotels subsidiary to West Coast Hospitality Corporation. Represented Hilton Hotels Corporation in the sale of various U.S.-located hotels and the negotiation of hotel management agreements with the purchasers as part of a sale/managed back disposition strategy. Represented Applied Development Company in the development of a W hotel in Marrakech, Morocco, and negotiation of the hotel operating agreement and related agreements for a W-branded hotel and residence project. Represented Applied Development Company in the negotiation of hotel operating and related agreements for a W-branded hotel and residence project currently under development in Hoboken, New Jersey.

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Contact Information

Contact Information
Firm Address
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
450 South Orange Avenue, Suite 650,
Orlando, FL 32801
U.S.A.
Phone
407.418.2376
Fax
407.420.5909
Office Information
Office Information
Michael J. Sullivan
Co-Chair, Hospitality Group; Shareholder
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
450 South Orange Avenue, Suite 650,
Orlando, FL 32801

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