Clifford Risman

Company: Foley

Position: Partner



Geographic Areas

North and South America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East


Expertise

Sample engagements include: the ownership groups in the development, debt and equity financing and operation of Ritz-Carlton in Key Biscayne, Philadelphia, and Bachelor Gulch; acquisition and redevelopment of Ritz-Carlton Kapalua and Rancho Mirage, and planning development and financing of a number of presently under development Ritz-Carlton branded lodging, residential and mixed use projects. West Paces Hotel Group in connection with domestic and international hotel management, technical services, and license arrangements for their SOLÍS and Capella luxury and ultra-luxury brands, and its strategic alliance with the Hotel and Restaurant Management Program at Auburn University.


Professional Memberships

Member, International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC). Member, Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys (AHIA). Member, State Bar of Texas. Member, American Bar Association. Member, Real Property Section of ABA. Member, Hospitality Industry Subcommittee of the Hotels, Resorts and Tourism Committee of Real Property Section of ABA. Member, Dallas Bar Association. Member, Central Dallas Association. Member, International Association of Attorneys and Executives in Corporate Real Estate. Member, The Real Estate Council


Speaking Engagements

The Lodging Conference (2002 – 2007) The International Hotel Investment Conference (2003 – 2008) Big D Hotel Conference (2005 – 2007) Address to the University of Houston Hospitality Law Conference: Financing the Project – Understanding Finance Options in the Hospitality Sector (February 2008) (authored paper for conference proceedings). Address to the University of Houston Hospitality Law Conference: Doing Business in Mexico (February 2007) (authored paper for conference proceedings). Address to the University of Houston Hospitality Law Conference: Financing Hotel Mixed-Use Development Projects (February 2005) (authored paper for conference proceedings). Address to the University of Houston Hospitality Law Conference: Hotel Mixed-Use Development Projects (January 2004) (authored paper for conference proceedings).


Articles and Publications

Co-author, Survey of Significant Legal Issues in Hotel Asset Management, Hotel Asset Management Principles and Practices, 2nd Edition (to be published late 2008).


Representative List of Clients

Brook Partners, ClubCorp, Crescent Heights of America, Euristates Incorporated, Gaylord Entertainment, Gencom Group, Hines, Hudson Advisors, KSL Capital Partners, Lehman Brothers, Lincoln Property Company, Mankarios Partnership, NYLO Partners, Patriot American Hospitality, Revolution Resorts, Rosewood Hotels and Resorts, Swig Equities, Vail Resorts, West Paces Hotel Group, Wyndham International


Education

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