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Michael J. Sullivan

Michael J. Sullivan


Michael J. Sullivan is Co-Chair of the firm’s Hospitality Group. Mike has wide-ranging experience in the acquisition, development, finance and disposition of hotels, resorts, branded residences and condo-hotels; management, franchise and operating agreements for hotels; publicly financed hotel management agreements; construction and permanent financings (balance sheet and CMBS); and the purchase of distressed mortgage debt instruments secured by hospitality-related real estate.


  • Representation of owners in the acquisition, development, finance and disposition of hotels, resorts, branded mixed-use hotel, residence and condo-hotel projects
  • Hotel management agreements, condo hotel rental program agreements, and franchise agreements; publicly financed hotel management agreements
  • Restaurant leases and operating agreements
  • Real estate sale-leaseback transactions
  • Workouts and restructurings
  • Hotel construction, mezzanine, bridge and term financings representing owners
  • Commercial, ground and net leasing
  • Lender representation in hospitality asset financings, including cash management agreements, mortgage and mezzanine financings, intercreditor agreements, SNDAs, and comfort letters
  • Tokenized real estate securities offerings



  • Represented Intursa, a subsidiary of Breca, in an agreement with U.S. property management firm Highgate, to manage six Peruvian Hotels.
  • Represent Loews Hotels Holding Corporation, a subsidiary of Loews Corporation (NYSE:L) in connection with the forming of a Partnership with Universal Parks and Resorts, a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation, to finance, develop and operate a new hotel complex within the Universal Orlando Resort in Orlando, Florida, including a total of 4,000 hotel rooms, with a $408 million construction loan provided by Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
  • Represent citizenM Hotels in the acquisition of properties in North America, including fee simple acquisitions, acquisitions by ground lease, co-development joint venture investments, and in development and construction financings, operating leases, hotel management agreements and related development and operations matters.
  • Represented LaPlaya, LLC, an affiliate of the Barron Collier Companies and Noble House Hotels & Resorts, in the sale of the LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort in Naples, Florida to an affiliate of Pebblebrook Hotel Trust (NYSE: PEB).
  • Represented an affiliate of Goldman Sachs and Petra Capital Management in the sale of the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort and Spa, a 511 guest room resort and spa in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.
  • Represented The Related Companies (New York) in the acquisition of the W Fort Lauderdale Hotel & Residences and related financings of the Hotel and Residence components.
  • Represented, as part of a team, Anbang Insurance Group Co. in both the acquisition of the Waldorf Astoria New York Hotel from Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. and a long term hotel management agreement and related agreements with Hilton.
  • Represented Starwood Capital Group in negotiation of a long term hotel management agreement with Sunshine Group, a Chinese Insurance Company, for the management of the Baccarat Hotel located in Midtown Manhattan.
  • Represented an affiliate of Lionheart Capital, LLC in the negotiation of a hotel management agreement and related agreements with Sustainable Luxury Mauritius Limited for the Six Senses Resort in Tola, Nicaragua.
  • Represented 50 Bowery Holdings, LLC, as owner, in the negotiation of a hotel management agreement and related agreements with Joie de Vivre Hospitality, LLC  for a newly developed Hotel at 50 Bowery New York City and in the development and construction loan made by HSBC Bank USA.
  • Represented an affiliate of Ironstate Development Company, LLC in the negotiation of a hotel management agreement with HotelsAB, LLC for The Cooper Square Hotel, New York City.
  • Represented an affiliate of GFI Capital in the negotiation of a hotel management agreement and related agreements with Ace Group for the Ace Hotel Brooklyn.
  • Represented Hilton Hotels Corporation in connection with the development and management of a 500-room Waldorf Astoria and a 1,000-room Hilton in the Bonnet Creek master development near Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
  • Represented Hilton Hotels Corporation in the land acquisition, joint venture agreement negotiations, hotel management agreement negotiations, and local government permitting and entitlements with respect to the 1,400-room Hilton Hotel under construction on International Drive in Orange County, Florida.
  • Represented Hilton Hotels Corporation in the sale of various U.S.-located hotels and the negotiation of hotel management agreements with the purchasers as part of a sale/managed back disposition strategy.
  • Represented owners and hotel brands in luxury and upper upscale hotel ownership and development joint ventures and related hotel management agreements.
  • Represented private equity funds in the purchase of distressed debt instruments secured by hotels and related hospitality real estate.
  • Represented private equity funds and REITs in the purchase of upper-upscale, upscale and mid-scale urban hotels.
  • Represented owners in the negotiation of hotel management agreements involving luxury and upper-upscale hotels in the United States, Caribbean, Mexico and South America.


  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America
    • Real Estate Law, 2005-2023
    • Leisure and Hospitality Law, 2015-2023
    • Named, "Lawyer of the Year," Leisure and Hospitality Law, Orlando, 2017
  • Listed, Chambers USA Guide, Real Estate and Leisure Hospitality, 2004-2022
  • Listed, Latin Lawyer, "Latin Lawyer 250 - Practice Recognition: Real Estate & Tourism," 2020 and 2022
  • 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, The Legal 500 United States, 2007-2010, 2012 and 2019
  • Team Member, a U.S. News - Best Lawyers®,"Law Firm of the Year" in Real Estate Law, 2015
  • Listed, "Lawyer of the Year," Orlando Real Estate Law, 2013
  • Team Member, The Legal 500 United States, "Top Tier" Firm in Real Estate, 2013 and 2014
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Florida Super Lawyers, 2006-2014
  • Team Member, a Law360 "Real Estate Practice Group of the Year," 2011-2013 and 2015
  • Rated, AV Preeminent® 5.0 out of 5.0

°AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell DistinguishedSM and Martindale-Hubbell NotableSM are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell® certification procedures, standards and policies.

  • Past Board Member, YMCA, Orlando Metropolitan, Board of Directors
  • Chairman, Aspire Charter Academy School, Orlando, Florida, Board of Directors
  • Past Faculty, Practicing Law Institute (Hospitality)
  • Member, Central Florida Yale Club
  • Member, Yale College Alumni, Real Estate Association
  • Past Member, Orange County, International Drive Community Redevelopment Area, Advisory Board
  • Past Member, St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church Parish, Council and Development Committee


  • J.D., with honors, University of Connecticut School of Law
  • B.A., Yale University
  • Florida