Nelson F. Migdal - Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Nelson F. Migdal

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007
Phone: 202-331-3180

Nelson F. Migdal focuses his practice on hotel acquisitions, operations, development and finance, large mixed-use projects, condo hotels, hotel management agreements, general commercial real estate acquisitions, commercial leasing, lender representation, and the representation of property owners on telecommunications matters.

Nelson is experienced in representing clients in connection with matters relating to hotels, commercial real estate, and telecommunications. Nelson's practice emphasizes the acquisition, management and disposition of hotels, shopping centers, apartment buildings and other commercial property. Nelson has prepared and reviewed commercial leases, purchase and sale agreements, partnership agreements, multiple building covenants, corporate documents and other documents related to the acquisition, financing, development, leasing, management and disposition of real and personal property. He has also represented nationally recognized institutional property owners on telecommunications and building access matters.

Hofstra UniversityBA 1975Albany Law SchoolJ.D. 1978
International Society of Hospitality ConsultantsAcademy of Hospitality Industry AttorneysULI Hotel Development CouncilGeorgetown Hotel and Lodging Legal Summit Advisory BoardGlobal Hotel Symposium 2013Albany Law School Law ReviewJustinian Society D.C. Council, Friends and Alumni NetworkBBYO Friends and Alumni Network

Case History

Areas of Concentration
  • Hospitality and resorts
  • Hotel management and operations
  • Real estate acquisition, development and leasing
  • Telecommunications


Significant Representations
  • Owner's Counsel for the acquisition of the Bethesda Marriott.
  • Counsel to MGM for National Harbor, Maryland.
  • Owner's Counsel for a portfolio transaction for Latin and Central American hotels.
  • Owner's Counsel for the Conversion of the Bristol Buenaventura Resort, Panama.
  • Owner's Counsel for the Acquisition of the Beach House, South Carolina.
  • Owner's Counsel for the TRYP by Wyndham, Panama.
  • Owner's Counsel for the Hyatt Place, Baltimore.
  • Purchasers' Counsel for the Renaissance Arts and Pere Marquette, New Orleans.
  • Counsel for Hard Rock Holdings, Philadelphia.
  • Owner's Counsel for the Acquisition of The Sanderling Resort & Spa.
  • Owner's Counsel for the 5 Beekman Hotel.
  • Owner's Counsel for the Capella, Washington, D.C.
  • Owner's Counsel for the Yotel New York Hotel.
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  • Counsel, Boutique Lodging & Lifestyle Association (BLLA).
  • Owner's Counsel for the NoMad Hotel.
  • Seller's Counsel for the Courtyard Navy Yard Hotel.
  • Owner's Counsel for the Tucker's Point Resort, Bermuda.
  • Owner's Counsel for TRYP by Wyndham, Quebec City, Canada.
  • Licensor's Counsel for the Planet Hollywood Master Global License.
  • Counsel for Hard Rock Holdings, Northfield Park, Ohio.
  • Counsel for Hard Rock Holdings, Eurovegas, Hungary.
  • Counsel for Hard Rock Holdings, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
  • Counsel for Hard Rock Holdings, Cancun Palace Resort, Aventura Palace Resort, Vallarta Palace Resort, Mexico.
  • Owner's Counsel for The Trump Ocean Club in Punta Pacifica, Panama.
  • Owner's Counsel for the Trump SoHo.
  • Owner's Counsel for the St. Regis, Hamilton, Bermuda.
  • Owner's Counsel for a large mixed use resort in Costa Rica.
  • Owner's Counsel for Echelon Place, Las Vegas.  
  • Owner's Counsel for an extended stay portfolio acquisition.
  • Acquisition of the Fairmont Washington Hotel.
  • Owner's Counsel for the Fairmont Bar Harbor, Maine.
  • Development and management of the Hilton Branson Landing Convention Center Complex.

Client Comments

"Nelson has shown great leadership in managing an international team of attorneys and hotel developers in an island nation that has never seen a project of this scale. He has been very responsive and his expertise, commitment, and integrity are without question. I would recommend him and his firm without hesitation."

-Theodore Adams, III
Unified Resorts Ltd.

"In the middle of negotiating a very complicated transaction, I reached out and retained the services of Nelson. Although he was brought in a month after the transaction negotiations began, he quickly reviewed all existing documents and was up to speed within a day and started contributing immediately. He was available at any and all hours and responded to requests quickly and thoroughly. He is very knowledgeable in his discipline and is a "get the deal done" type of attorney. I highly recommend his services."

-David Crabtree
President and CEO
Planet Hollywood International Inc.

"Nelson and his supporting staff of professionals provide a timely, thorough, and "team" approach to all legal aspects in a hotel real estate transaction. What impresses me most is Nelson's sincerity and round-the-clock availability for one of the busiest and most-respected attorneys in the hospitality arena. "

-John DePaul
President & CEO
National Hospitality Holdings, LLC

"Nelson is a true professional. He takes the time to understand his client's business and needs. He maintains a schedule for a transaction and insures that his clients stay on that schedule while insuring that nothing slips through the cracks. At times I feel that he is a member of the DRI staff and he is definitely a team player. In my real estate world there are attorneys who are deal "makers" and those that are deal "killers". Nelson is absolutely a deal maker."

-Christian Spitz
President
DRI Development Services, LLC

"Nelson is one of my most trusted advisers. He possesses a truly rare combination of exceptional legal knowledge, currency, a warm, magnanimous, even-keeled personality, and the ability to select and cultivate an extraordinary team that enables his well-deserved success."

-Michael Schroeder
General Counsel
Graeter's Inc.

Office Location

2101 L Street, NW, Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20037
United States


Practice Areas

Leisure and Hospitality Law
Real Estate Law (Commercial, Hospitality, Hotels, Real Property Law, Resorts, Tax Certiorari, Workouts and Restructurings)