We are legal pioneers in the leisure industry, advising developers, hospitality companies, lenders, and government agencies for more than 30 years on innovative, first-to-market products across the United States and internationally.

Our attorneys provide clients with comprehensive legal advice and business insights to manage the most complex projects, including:

  • Club membership plans
  • Fractionals and private residence clubs
  • Golf course development
  • Master planned resort communities
  • Mixed-use condominium hotels
  • Ski area and ski area base redevelopment
  • Timeshare

Industry Immersion

Our attorneys go beyond providing documentation and general legal advice. We bring in-depth legal, industry, and market knowledge to each project and offer inspired solutions for our clients—in North America, Central America, Europe, the Caribbean, and elsewhere around the globe. 

From start to finish, and each step in between, we help make our client's vision a reality with legal advice in these key areas:

    • Acquisitions and sales
    • Branded timeshare development of single- and multi-site vacation clubs, including club structure, state timeshare registration matters, and exchange company compliance
    • Development and implementation of strategies for distressed resort properties, including asset sales, workouts, restructurings, and bankruptcy
    • Federal and state securities laws and regulations
    • Hotel and resort management agreements
    • International project structuring and tax planning
    • Multistate project registrations
    • Project documentation
    • Project entitlement, financing, and construction
    • Regulatory-compliant sales and marketing programs
    • Specialized vacation ownership title, assessment, and inventory issues

Our attorneys have played an active role in the American Resort Development Association since 1971, as well as in other organizations that impact the industry, including the National Land Council, Urban Land Institute, and Association of Real Estate Licensing Law Officials.

Comprehensive services

In most hotel and resort projects, multiple issues arise that require legal counsel. We offer services in environmental assessment and remediation, compliance with the ADA and other laws requiring access for the disabled, water rights, zoning, tax planning, public-private partnerships, gaming issues and regulation, trademarks/service marks, and labor and employment.


Christopher W. Payne
Practice Leader
Tel 303.299.7345