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Mr. Thompson

Justin Thompson

Real Estate Partner, Nixon Peabody, LLP Los Angeles

Justin X. Thompson is a partner in Nixon Peabody's national real estate practice. Mr. Thompson, who is based in the firm's Los Angeles office advises on all aspects of real estate including real estate finance, development, leasing, loan restructurings, land exchanges, sale-leasebacks, property management arrangements and joint ventures. He represents commercial and industrial developers, investors, lenders and property owners. Mr. Thompson works with clients across the entire spectrum of the real estate industry, from acquisition, financing and development to leasing and disposition. His experience includes work on all types of real estate projects, from residential and mixed-use to commercial, industrial and health care projects. In addition to the foregoing, he has a particular focus on condominium/common interest development and related regulatory work. Mr. Thompson is keeping a close eye on real estate transactions involving health care and hospitality. He believes these are two key industries poised to continue strong growth. Beyond health care and hospitality, Mr. Thompson notes that the steady and solid improvement in the U.S. real estate market as a whole has caught the attention of foreign investors who continue to pursue participation in all facets of attractive deals. Mr. Thompson believes the positive momentum of the market puts added emphasis on the need for clients with unrealized real estate value to take steps to fully realize that value. Mr. Thompson earned his B.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. He graduated from the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville, where he was Regional Editor and Member of Journal of Law and Education.

Please visit www.nixonpeabody.com for more information.

Mr. Thompson can be contacted at 629-213-6142 or jthompson@nixonpeabody.com

Coming up in January 2019...

Mobile Technology: The Future is Now

Mobile Technology continues to advance at a relentless pace and the hotel industry continues to adapt. Hotel guests have shown a strong preference for mobile self-service - from checking-in/out at a hotel kiosk, to ordering room service, making dinner reservations, booking spa treatments, and managing laundry/dry cleaning services. And they also enjoy the convenience of paying for these services with smart phone mobile payments. In addition, some hotels have adopted a “concierge in your pocket” concept. Through a proprietary hotel app, guests can access useful information such as local entertainment venues, tourist attractions, event calendars, and medical facilities and services. In-room entertainment continues to be a key factor, as guests insist on the capacity to plug in their own mobile devices to customize their entertainment choices. Mobile technology also allows for greater marketing opportunities. For example, many hotels have adopted the use of “push notifications” - sending promotions, discounts and special event messages to guests based on their property location, purchase history, profiles, etc. Near field communication (NFC) technology is also being utilized to support applications such as opening room doors, earning loyalty points, renting a bike, accessing a rental car, and more. Finally, some hotels have adopted more futuristic technology. Robots are in use that have the ability to move between floors to deliver room service requests for all kinds of items - food, beverages, towels, toothbrushes, chargers and snacks. And infrared scanners are being used by housekeeping staff that can detect body heat within a room, alerting staff that the room is occupied and they should come back at a later time. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in this exciting mobile technology space.