Michael J. Sullivan (Orlando, Florida)
Michael J. Sullivan (Orlando, Florida)

Michael J. Sullivan

Licensed for 32 years

Practice Area: Hotels, Resorts and Clubs, Real Estate, Gaming 1 more area of practice 1 more

Awards
AV Preeminent

Michael J. Sullivan

Serving Orlando, FL view address

Shareholder; Co-Chair, Hospitality Group at firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Serving Orlando, FL view address

Awards AV Preeminent

About Michael J. Sullivan

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; management, franchise and operating agreements for hotels; publicly financed hotel management agreements; construction and permanent financings (balance sheet and CMBS); and the purchase of distressed mortgage debt instruments secured by hospitality-related real estate.

Areas of Concentration

•Representation of owners in the acquisition, development, finance and disposition of hotels, resorts, branded mixed-use hotel, residence and condo-hotel projects
•Hotel management agreeme...

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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; management, franchise and operating agreements for hotels; publicly financed hotel management agreements; construction and permanent financings (balance sheet and CMBS); and the purchase of distressed mortgage debt instruments secured by hospitality-related real estate.

Areas of Concentration

•Representation of owners in the acquisition, development, finance and disposition of hotels, resorts, branded mixed-use hotel, residence and condo-hotel projects
•Hotel management agreements, condo hotel rental program agreements, and franchise agreements; publicly financed hotel management agreements
•Restaurant leases and operating agreements
•Real estate sale-leaseback transactions
•Workouts and restructurings
•Hotel construction, mezzanine, bridge and term financings representing owners
•Commercial, ground and net leasing
•Lender representation in hospitality asset financings, including cash management agreements, mortgage and mezzanine financings, intercreditor agreements, SNDAs, and comfort letters

Awards & Recognition

•Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law, 2005-2016
•Team Member, a U.S. News - Best Lawyers, Law Firm of the Year in Real Estate Law, 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, 2004-2016
•Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Florida Super Lawyers, 2006-2014
•Team Member, a Law360 Real Estate Practice Group of the Year, 2011-2013 and 2015
•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

Associated News & Events

Press Releases

06.08.16 Seven Greenberg Traurig Orlando Attorneys Included in 2016 Chambers USA Guide
05.27.16 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys, Practices Included in the 2016 Chambers USA Guide
05.27.16 53 Greenberg Traurig Florida Attorneys Included in 2016 Chambers USA Guide
08.28.15 17 Greenberg Traurig Orlando Attorneys Listed In Best Lawyers In America 2016
08.19.15 135 Greenberg Traurig Florida Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2016
06.18.15 Greenberg Traurig Duo Represents Lionheart Capital LLC in Partnership with Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas
06.18.15 Greenberg Traurig Represents LaPlaya Beach Resort and LaPlaya Beach Club in Acquisition by Pebblebrook Hotel Trust
06.01.15 Eight Greenberg Traurig Orlando Attorneys Included in 2015 Chambers USA Guide
05.22.15 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys, Practices Included in the 2015 Chambers USA Guide
05.22.15 55 Greenberg Traurig Florida Attorneys Included in 2015 Chambers USA Guide

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

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Areas of Law

  • Hotels, Resorts and Clubs
  • Real Estate
  • Gaming
  • Financial Institutions

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Peer Reviews

  • 5.0/5.0 2 reviews
  • AV Preeminent
  • Legal Knowledge

    5.0/5.0
  • Analytical Capability

    5.0/5.0
  • Judgment

    4.9/5.0
  • Communication

    4.9/5.0
  • Legal Experience

    5.0/5.0
  • 4.6/5.0 by a Partner on 12/24/11 in Real Estate Acquisitions

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      5.0/5.0
    • Analytical Capability

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    • Judgment

      4.0/5.0
    • Communication

      4.0/5.0
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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Unknown on 12/08/11 in Real Estate Acquisitions

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    • Legal Knowledge

      5.0/5.0
    • Analytical Capability

      5.0/5.0
    • Judgment

      5.0/5.0
    • Communication

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Community Contributions

      Credentials

      Position
      Shareholder; Co-Chair, Hospitality Group
      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 LaPlaya, LLC, an affiliate of the Barron Collier Companies and Noble House Hotels & Resorts, in the sale of the LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort in Naples, Florida to an affiliate of Pebblebrook Hotel Trust (NYSE: PEB).
      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, as part of a team, Anbang Insurance Group Co. in both the acquisition of the Waldorf Astoria New York Hotel from Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. and a long term hotel management agreement and related agreements with Hilton.
      Represented Starwood Capital Group in negotiation of a long term hotel management agreement with Sunshine Group, a Chinese Insurance Company, for the management of the Baccarat Hotel located in Midtown Manhattan.
      Represented an affiliate of Lionheart Capital, LLC in the negotiation of a hotel management agreement and related agreements with Sustainable Luxury Mauritius Limited for the Six Senses Resort in Tola, Nicaragua.
      Represented 50 Bowery Holdings, LLC, as owner, in the negotiation of a hotel management agreement and related agreements with Joie de Vivre Hospitality, LLC for a newly developed Hotel at 50 Bowery New York City and in the development and construction loan made by HSBC Bank USA.
      Represented an affiliate of Ironstate Development Company, LLC in the negotiation of a hotel management agreement with HotelsAB, LLC for The Cooper Square Hotel, New York City.
      Represented an affiliate of GFI Capital in the negotiation of a hotel management agreement and related agreements with Ace Group for the Ace Hotel Brooklyn.
      Represented Liberty Grande, LLC, in the negotiation of a hotel management agreement, rental program agreement, and related agreements with New Continent Ventures, Inc. for the Melia Costa Hollywood Resort (a condominium hotel).
      Represented an affiliate of WHI Real Estate Partners, LLC and Clearview Hotel Capital, LLC in the sale of the Royal St. Charles in New Orleans, Louisiana to an affiliate of Lowe Enterprises Investment Management, LLC.
      Represented an affiliate of WHI Real Estate Partners, LLC and Clearview Hotel Capital, LLC in the purchase of the Bilmar Beach Resort in Treasure Island, Florida from an affiliate of Burton Carol Management, LLC.
      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 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 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, Caribbean, Mexico and South America.