Daniel Bachrach



Dan Bachrach is a partner and business lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. His practice focuses on the condominium, hotel, resort and hospitality industry, including residential, commercial and mixed-use condominiums, timeshare, condominium hotels (condotels), private residence clubs, fractional projects, restaurants and travel clubs. Dan is a member of the firm’s Real Estate Practice and the Hospitality & Leisure Industry Team. 

Condominium, Condominium Hotel and Master Planned Communities Experience

Dan has a long track record of representing clients in structuring and development of condominiums, master planned communities, townhome developments, branded residences, condominium hotels and cooperatives, as well as preparation of legal and registration documents for such projects. In addition to counseling clients regarding complex mixed use developments, Dan has authored articles on the topic. Dan has also assisted clients in complying with multijurisdictional regulations such as the Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act (ILSA) and state subdivided land sales laws.

Hotel Experience

In the hotel area, Dan has a wide range of experience in acquisition, disposition, receiverships of  hotels, resorts, branded mixed-use hotel, residence and condominium hotel projects.  In this area, Dan has negotiated hotel management agreements, technical services agreements, license agreements, franchise agreements, condotel rental program agreements and several related agreements, including celebrity chef agreements, restaurant agreements, marketing agreements and shared easements.

Timeshare Experience

Dan has a long track record of representing clients in structuring and development of timeshare projects, vacation ownership projects and travel clubs, as well as preparation of legal and registration documents for such projects. He has worked with and advised many of the significant and globally recognized developers and management companies in the vacation ownership industry. Dan has also assisted clients in complying with the many varying state regulations. In addition, he has been actively involved in the drafting and negotiation of statutes, amendments and administrative rules and regulations affecting the timeshare industry.


Dan has been peer review rated as AV Preeminent®, the highest performance rating in the Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ system.

Dan was recognized as an Orlando Business Journal 2022 ‘Power Player’ for helping grow and innovate the way business is done throughout metro Orlando. He was selected for inclusion in the 2019 Florida Trend’s Legal Elite list. In 2010 and 2011, the Legal 500 recognized Dan for his real estate work. He was also selected for inclusion in the 2010 to 2013 Florida Super Lawyers® lists.

Dan has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the fields of Real Estate Law (2013 - 2023) and Leisure and Hospitality Law (2016 - 2023). Dan has been named the Best Lawyers® 2020 Leisure and Hospitality Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Orlando. This Best Lawyers® ranking is awarded to one sole lawyer per practice area and region.


Dan earned his J.D. from the University of Florida College of Law (with honors, 1996) where he was a member and senior student works editor of the University of Florida Law Review. He is a graduate of Emory University (B.A., cum laude, 1993).

Presentations and Publications

Dan is co-author of two chapters of an ABA/ARDA digest and analysis of U.S. timeshare law, as well as the co-author of a chapter entitled, “Specific Types of Condominiums,” of the Third Edition of the Florida Condominium Law and Practice, published by The Florida Bar. He is a frequent lecturer at hospitality conferences.

Admissions, Certifications and Professional Memberships

Dan is Board Certified in Condominium and Planned Land Development Law by The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education. He has been selected by the International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC) as a member. He has previously served as chair of the Timesharing and Interval Uses Committee of the American Bar Association's Real Property Trust and Estate Law Section. He also has served as vice president of the Orlando Museum of Art Acquisition Trust and was a trustee of the Orlando Museum of Art. He is chair of the board of trustees of Trinity Preparatory School in Winter Park. Dan is a member of the Florida and American Bar Associations.


Dan is fluent in Spanish.

Representative Matters

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Foley represented Cacique Hotel La Penca in the negotiation of the first Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts property in Costa Rica. Cacique Hotel La Penca is the developer of a large mixed-use resort including several hotels and residential developments in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, which is located on a peninsula with unobstructed ocean views. Waldorf Astoria Guanacaste (expected to open in 2025) will offer 190 guest rooms and 25 Waldorf Astoria-branded residences. Foley attorneys Cliff Risman and Dan Bachrach handled the negotiations with Hilton on all aspects of the Branding and Management Agreement and Residential Marketing License Agreement. In addition, the Foley team negotiated a separate broker and marketing agreement with the selected real estate marketing firm. Cacique Hotel La Penca is a cross border joint venture with multiple US-based and international groups including Revolution Resorts.
Represented client with termination of cooperative in Florida.
Represented owner of a hotel in Chicago, Illinois in negotiations of Franchise Agreement with brand.