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Richard F. Davis is Co-Chair of the Hospitality Practice and focuses his practice on U.S. and international hotel, resort and hospitality real estate, business and finance law. He has represented many nationally and internationally known owners, developers, investors, operators and lenders in all aspects of the hotel, resort and hospitality industries. He has been involved in international transactions involving more than seventeen countries with particular emphasis on Mexico, Latin America, the Caribbean, the People's Republic of China, South East Asia and Europe.


  • Acquisition, development, financing and operation of real estate projects of all types
  • Design, structure, regulatory compliance and financing for resort and recreational real estate projects including land and residential subdivisions, condominiums, timeshare and fractional programs, vacation club and other vacation ownership programs
  • Public and private real estate investment fund formation, operation and advisory services
  • Land use and the development regulatory process
  • Partnership, joint venture and investment vehicle structuring
  • Environmental law
  • Construction
  • Property workouts and investment restructuring
  • Foreign investment in the U.S.
  • International real estate and corporate financing
  • International corporate and tax structuring
  • International estate and corporate planning
  • Domestic and international mergers and acquisitions


Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law, 2023-2024
  • Listed, Latin Lawyer, "Latin Lawyer 250 - Practice Recognition: Real Estate & Tourism," 2020-2024
  • Team Member, Chambers & Partners USA Real Estate Law Firm of the Year, 2010, 2013, 2017-2018 and 2022
  • Team Member, a Law360 “Hospitality Practice Group of the Year,” 2021
  • Listed, Chambers USA Guide, 2007-2019
  • Team Member, a U.S. News - Best Lawyers®, "Law Firm of the Year" in Real Estate Law, 2015
  • Team Member, a Law360 "Real Estate Practice Group of the Year," 2011-2013, 2015, and 2022
  • Team Member, The Legal 500 United States, "Top Tier" Firm in Real Estate, 2013 and 2014
  • Listed, Los Angeles Business Journal, Who’s Who in L.A. Law: Angelenos to Know in Real Estate Law, 2013
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Southern California Super Lawyers, 2007 and 2009
  • Member, Urban Land Institute
    • Recreation Development Council, 2006-Present
    • International Council, 1999-2005
    • Urban Development and Mixed-Use Council, 1993-1999
    • Development Regulations Council, 1985-1990
  • Trustee, American Resort and Residential Development Association (ARDA)
    • International Committee
    • Chairman's League
  • Member, American Bar Association, Real Property and International Law Sections
  • Member, Century City Bar Association
  • Member, International Bar Association
  • Member, U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce


  • J.D., University of California at Los Angeles, School of Law, 1970
  • A.B., Political Science, University of California at Los Angeles, 1967
  • California
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • Spanish