Clifford J. Risman

Partner

Overview

Cliff Risman is a veteran real estate lawyer who represents companies that develop, own, operate and finance hotels and resorts around the world. As co-chair of the firm's Hospitality & Leisure Industry Team and a member of the Real Estate Practice, Cliff is described by clients in the Chambers USA Guide as “very practical and always accessible.” Clients choose Cliff over competitors because he speaks the language and fully understands every aspect of their business – from securing capital, structuring deals and negotiating management contracts, to guiding clients through labor, tax, food and beverage, and operational matters and disputes.

Cliff represents luxury and boutique hotel and resort brands, operators and management companies, developers, private equity and other investors in their highest profile projects. He understands how to best tackle the various agreements that arise in real estate law, he knows the hospitality industry and its unique business and economic issues, and he has guided clients through many complex matters and dispute resolutions. Cliff ensures that clients are protected, focuses intently on their broader business goals, and knows how, where and when to push to get the deal done as quickly as possible.

He also represents leading marketing, technology and other vendors that provide important services to the hospitality industry and has represented the following clients throughout the United States and abroad:

  • Aimbridge Hospitality LP
  • Belmond Hotels
  • Brook Partners
  • Calgary Realty Capital
  • Canyon Equity
  • Capella Hotel Group (f/k/a West Paces Hotel Group)
  • Centurion American
  • ClubCorp
  • Drever Capital Management
  • Gencom Group
  • Grupo Inmobiliario Mosa S.A. de C.V.
  • Hall Group
  • HCW Development Company
  • Hines
  • Hixon Properties
  • Hudson Advisors
  • KSL Capital Partners
  • Linx Industries
  • Lone Star Funds
  • Morgans Hotel Group
  • Mosaic Real Estate
  • NYLO Hotels
  • Revolution Resorts
  • Ryman Hospitality (f/k/a Gaylord Entertainment)
  • Second City Capital Partners
  • Texas Central Partners
  • Traditions Management
  • Vail Resorts
  • Veritex Bank
  • Westdale Real Estate

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, International Society of Hospitality Consultants
  • Member, Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys
  • Member, Global Alliance of Hospitality Attorneys
  • Director and Past President, Hospitality Industry Bar Association
  • Member, Urban Land Institute
  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Member, American Bar Association
    • Member, Real Property Section
  • Member, Dallas Bar Association
  • Member, International Association of Attorneys and Executives in Corporate Real Estate
  • Member, The Real Estate Council

Community Involvement

  • Board of Directors, Dallas Contemporary Museum
  • Chairman of the Board of Directors, Dallas Art Fair Foundation
  • Co-Chair, Tribute to Fallen Heroes

Honors & Awards

  • Honored, Anthony G. Marshall Hospitality Law Award, presented by HospitalityLawyer.com (2018)
  • Recognized, The Best Lawyers® in America (Steven Naifeh & Gregory White Smith eds., Woodward/White Inc.)
    • Leisure and Hospitality Law (2013-2018)
    • Real Estate Law (2013-2018)
  • Recognized, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (Tom Wicker ed., Chambers & Partners)
    •  Leisure & Hospitality (Nationwide) (2009-2017)
    • Real Estate (Texas) (2009-2015)
  • Recognized, The Legal 500 United States
    • Real Estate (2013)
  • Recognized, Texas Super Lawyers®, a Thomson Reuters business, as published in Texas Super Lawyers Magazine
    • Real Estate (2003-2017)
  • Recognized, AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell® PEER REVIEW RATINGS™

Education

  • J.D., Syracuse University College of Law, (1984), magna cum laude
  • B.S., Syracuse University Whitman School of Management, (1980), magna cum laude

Admissions

  • Texas (1984)

Representative Matters

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Represent the master developer in connection with an approximately 1,000-acre mixed use resort and golf project located just outside of Cancun, Mexico
Represented U.A.E.-based owner/developer of a planned mixed-use luxury hotel anchored development in the Caribbean in the negotiation of management and branding arrangements with Hyatt Hotels.
Represent Drever Capital Management in connection with the management and branding of a Thompson Hotel in Dallas, Texas

Capabilities