complex hospitality and real estate disputes in Dallas

  • Over 25 years of Trial Law and Transactional Experience:  Experienced in complex commercial real estate transactions and sophisticated real estate disputes, with a special emphasis in the hospitality industry.
  • Trial Law Experience: Complex real estate disputes, partnership disputes, hotel ordinance disputes, prevented condemnation of hotel by local municipality, Special Litigation Counsel in $22M CMBS Litigation, defended against price-gouging lawsuit filed by Texas Attorney General, State of Texas, with assistance from Texas Hotel & Lodging Association, jury trial verdict against Dallas Central Appraisal District and jury trial verdict in complex partnership dispute regarding business divorce of large retail shopping centers, and general commercial disputes.
  • Transactional Experience:  Closed a $60M acquisition of four mid-tiered hotels in Texas that were converted to "select-service" hotels and franchised with international hotel company, negotiated hotel lease, negotiated office building leases, negotiated purchase and sale agreements and handled operational matters involving retail property management firms, asset managers and hotel operators.
  • Prior Legal Experience:  Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff & Miller, LLP: Partner and Chair of Hospitality Group; Cowles & Thompson, P.C.: Senior Partner and Chair of Hospitality Group; and Bickel & Brewer:  Associate in Chicago, Dallas and New York Offices.
  • Prior Real Estate Experience: METLIFE Real Estate Investment Division, Dallas, Texas: Financial Analyst, Asset Manager, Loan Underwriter and Commercial Real Estate Appraiser (M.A.I. Courses) of office, hotel, apartment and industrial buildings.

Richard Barrett-Cuetara