Foley Adds Five Attorneys to National Hospitality, Resort & Golf Industry Team

09 January 2009 Media Contact: Jill Chanen News

Additions Increase Firmwide Experience in Hospitality Industry With Five Attorneys in Orlando Office.

In a move that will further expand its national resorts and hospitality practice, Foley announced today that Bill Guthrie, Dan Bachrach, Richard Caron, Kristina Bellock and Matthew Jassak will join the firm’s national Hospitality, Resort & Golf Industry Team. They will be located in the firm’s Orlando office. Guthrie and Bachrach join the firm as partners. Caron is a senior counsel and Bellock and Jassak join as associates, all from Baker Hostetler.

Bringing experience from across the country, Guthrie and Bachrach will focus on the development, structuring, and financing of timeshares, fractionals, clubs, mixed use developments, condominiums, as well as planned unit projects.

“We believe that Foley offered us a strong platform to service our clients on a national and international basis,” said Guthrie. “Foley already maintained an excellent golf, resort, and real estate practice which complements our experience in the hospitality and timeshare industries advising developers, hotel brands, lenders, managers, and exchange companies. The firm is aggressive and intends to grow our combined practices in a method that will provide excellent service to our clients and expand the reach of our practice.”

“Attracting attorneys of this caliber in the vacation ownership, hotel and resort industry has been a strategic priority of the firm for quite some time,” said Fred Ridley, co-chair of Foley’s Hospitality, Resort & Golf Industry Team. “This group will strengthen our industry team while solidifying Foley as one of the top resort, hospitality and golf firms in the country.”

“The quality and experience that these attorneys add to our team will help us continue to advance in specific areas of the hospitality industry, including timeshare developments, residence clubs and resorts,” said Michael Gay, managing partner of the Orlando office.

Bill Guthrie’s practice centers around the real estate industry with an emphasis on the condominium, timeshare, resort and hospitality industries. He has actively participated in the structuring and development of planned unit developments, condominiums, vacation ownership projects and clubs for many of the major brand participants in the industry. He has also been appointed as an editor of the ABA/ARDA Editorial Board to create a digest and analysis of U.S. timeshare law.

Dan Bachrach’s practice focuses on real estate with an emphasis in the condominium, resort and hospitality industries, including residential, commercial and mixed-use condominiums, timeshare, private residence clubs, fractional projects and travel packages. His experience includes structuring and development of condominiums, cooperatives, and vacation ownership projects, as well as preparation of legal and registration documents for such projects. In addition, he is vice-chair of the Timesharing and Interval Uses Committee of the American Bar Association's Real Property Trust and Estate Law Section.

Richard Caron practices in the real estate area with emphasis in the resort development and condominium industries, including timeshare, resort condominiums and cooperatives and travel and exchange services.

Foley’s Hospitality, Resort & Golf Industry Team is comprised of attorneys from across the country with specific experience in the hospitality, golf and resort industries, guiding developers, owners, operators, management companies and lenders in these industries. The Team’s attorneys represent clients in connection with the acquisition, development, operation, management, financing, and construction of golf courses, hotels, resorts, tennis, marina, and planned unit development projects, including counseling clients on real estate, business, consumer protection, environmental, construction, intellectual property, finance, and litigation matters.

Foley & Lardner LLP continually evolves to meet the changing legal needs of our clients. Our team-based approach, proprietary client service technology, and practice depth enhance client relationships while seeing clients through their most complex legal challenges. The BTI Consulting Group (Wellesley, Massachusetts) recently recognized Foley as one of the top four law firms shaping the U.S. legal market, while CIO magazine has named Foley to its CIO 100 list six times for our client-focused technology. With more than 1,000 attorneys in 22 offices and more than 50 practices, count on Foley for high-caliber business and legal insight.

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