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Mr. Migdal

Nelson Migdal

Shareholder & Co-Chair Hospitality Practice, Greenberg Traurig LLP

Nelson F. Migdal, a shareholder and Co-Chair of the firm's Hospitality Practice, is based in the firm's Washington, D.C. office. Mr. 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, and commercial leasing.

Mr. Migdal 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.

Mr. Migdal is the Immediate Past President of the Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys, a Member of the International Society of Hospitality Consultants, a Member of the Board of Governors of the Boutique and lifestyle Lodging Association, a Member of the Law 360 2016 Hospitality editorial advisory board and a Member of the Adjunct Faculty of the Washington College of Law of American University where he teaches Hotel Law.

Mr. Migdal has been a speaker at The Lodging Conference, RealShare, Hotel Business, IMN, iGlobal, BLIS and other real estate and hospitality conferences and is also a contributor to the firm's Hospitality Law Check-In Blog. Mr. Migdal authored the textbook Hotel Law, Transactions, Management and Franchising, a practical guide to the issues that face lawyers and industry leaders working in the hospitality field. Routledge, the world's leading academic publisher in the Humanities and Social Sciences, published the book in May 2015. He is also the author of numerous articles on the subject of real estate and the hospitality industry.

Mr. Migdal can be contacted at 202-331-3180 or migdaln@gtlaw.com

Coming up in December 2019...

Hotel Law: A Labor Crisis and Cyber Security

According to a recent study, the hospitality industry accounted for 2.9 trillion dollars in sales and in the U.S. alone, was responsible for 1 in 9 jobs. In an industry of that scope and dimension, legal issues touch every aspect of a hotel's operation, and legal services are required in order to conform to all prevailing laws and regulations. Though not all hotels face the same issues, there are some industry-wide subjects that are of concern more broadly. One of those matters is the issue of immigration and how it affects the ability of hotels to recruit qualified employees. The hotel industry is currently facing a labor crisis; the U.S. Labor Department estimates that there are 600,000 unfilled jobs in the industry. Part of the problem contributing to this labor shortage is the lack of H2B visas for low-skilled workers, combined with the difficulty in obtaining J-1 visas for temporary workers. Because comprehensive immigration reform is not being addressed politically, hotel managers expect things are going to get worse before they get better. Corporate cyber security is another major legal issue the industry must address. Hotels are under enormous pressure in this area given the large volume of customer financial transactions they handle daily. Recently, a federal court ruled that the Federal Trade Commission had the power to regulate corporate cyber security, so it is incumbent on hotels to establish data security programs in order to prevent data breaches. The lack of such programs could cause hotels to face legal threats from government agencies, class action lawsuits, and damage to their brand image if a data breach should occur. These are just two of the critical issues that the December issue of Hotel Business Review will examine in the area of hotel law.