Clifford J. Risman


Clifford J. Risman


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 Chambers USA 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 owners, developers, brands, operators and management companies, private equity firms, family offices, and other investors in their highest-profile projects around the world.

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 development, acquisition, financing, and operating matters, receiverships, workouts, 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 and service providers that provide important services to the hospitality industry and has represented the following clients throughout the United States and abroad:

  • Aimbridge Hospitality
  • Archtower Capital
  • Belmond Hotels (f/k/a Orient Express)
  • Brook Partners
  • Canyon Equity
  • Capella Hotel Group (f/k/a West Paces Hotel Group)
  • Caydon USA
  • Centurion American
  • Colony Capital
  • Coury Hospitality
  • Gencom Group
  • Grupo Inmobiliario Mosa
  • Grupo Posadas
  • Hall Group
  • HCW Development Company
  • Hines
  • Hixon Properties
  • HN Capital Partners
  • Hudson Advisors
  • Invited (f/k/a ClubCorp)
  • KSL Capital Partners
  • Lone Star Funds
  • LW Hospitality Advisors
  • Morgans Hotel Group
  • Mosaic Real Estate
  • Nexus Luxury Collection
  • NYLO Hotels
  • Omni Hotels & Resorts
  • Revolution Resorts
  • Ryman Hospitality (f/k/a Gaylord Entertainment)
  • Spire Hospitality
  • Texas Central Partners
  • Traditions Management
  • Vail Resorts
  • Veritex Bank
  • Westdale Real Estate

Awards and Recognition

  • Honored, Anthony G. Marshall Hospitality Law Award, presented by (2018)
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® in the fields of:
    • Leisure and Hospitality Law (2013-2024)
    • Real Estate Law (2013-2024)
  • Recognized, Chambers USAAmerica’s Leading Lawyers for Business (Tom Wicker ed., Chambers & Partners)
    • Leisure & Hospitality (Nationwide) (2009-2023)
    • Real Estate (Texas) (2009-2015, 2018)
  • 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™ system


  • 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

  • President and Chairman of the Board, Dallas Contemporary Museum
  • Chairman of the Board of Directors, Dallas Art Fair Foundation
  • Co-Chair, Tribute to Fallen Heroes
12 October 2023 Deals and Wins

Foley Advises NEXUS Luxury in Plan to Bring Premium Sports and Entertainment Development to St. Andrews, Scotland

Foley & Lardner LLP served as legal adviser to NEXUS Luxury Collection in structuring the equity investment and transaction for its plans to open T-Squared Social, a premium sports and entertainment gastro pub, in St. Andrews, Scotland.
17 August 2023 Honors and Awards

Foley Attorneys Recognized in 2024 Best Lawyers in America

Foley & Lardner LLP proudly announced today that 236 of the firm’s attorneys across 20 U.S. offices have received recognition in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©.
01 June 2023 Press Releases

Foley Earns Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2023

Foley & Lardner LLP is pleased to announce that it has again been recognized by Chambers & Partners as one of the top law firms in the country in the 2023 edition of Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.
02 May 2023 Deals and Wins

Foley Represents NEXUS Luxury in New Partnership to Develop Private Residential Club Community in South Florida

Foley & Lardner LLP served as legal adviser to NEXUS Luxury Collection, the international hospitality real estate and asset management company, in its new partnership to develop and manage The Wellington, a new 600-acre luxury residential club in Wellington, FL, designed to celebrate the best of South Florida.
25 October 2022 Events

Register Today for the 2022 Dallas Hotel Conference, Co-Sponsored by Foley & Lardner

The Dallas Hotel Conference, taking place on October 25, 2022, brings together numerous industry leaders for thoughtful and timely presentations and panel discussions on the current trends affecting the hospitality industry, followed by cocktails and networking.
11 October 2022 In the News

Foley’s Representation of HN Capital Partners in Rosewood Mansion Acquisition Highlighted in Legal Press

Foley & Lardner LLP is highlighted in legal press for its representation of HN Capital Partners in the acquisition of the iconic Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas, Texas.