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Green Hotel Lawyer: ULI’s Urban Land article on Greening Hotels

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16 March 2008
Green Hotel Lawyer: The compelling economic case for building, developing and converting green hotels. This is not about the “soft stuff” of why green is right (it is, but that is a different discussion), it is much more pragmatic.

Starting shortly after JMBM’s annual Hotel Developers Conference 2007, when JMBM had a great panel of green hotel experts, has covered the compelling hard economics of green hotels. For example, go to and see Hotel Lawyer on the “real economics” behind the paradigm shift to GREEN hotels.

But the library of great resource materials on how to develop, convert and operate green hotels continues to grow. ULI has just published Jim Butler’s latest article on the hard economics of greening hotels. Here is the latest. . .

A growing library on green hotels.

We have a growing library of green hotel development and operation resources. For example, see the latest article published by ULI’s Urban Land in their February 2008 issue on Greening Hotels by Jim Butler, Hotel Lawyer:

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But in case you missed prior postings on (just go to that URL, slide down the right side, and search on “green”), or if you want some help to find them, here are the key prior postings:

Hotel Lawyer on the “real economics” behind the paradigm shift to GREEN hotels

Hotel Lawyer on Green Hotel Development: Green hotel development is profitable now! Inspirations from the pioneers make it dangerous NOT to be “green”

Hotel developer alert. So you’re thinking about building a green hotel — or making your existing hotel a little greener? Can you afford not to do that today?

Hotel Lawyer on developing GREEN hotels. Don’t wait for the GREEN. It is here. First LEED Gold Certified hotel in U.S. is announced.

Hotel Lawyer — Eco-friendly lifestyle hotel mixed use project closes financing

Hotel Lawyer: Why the SEC may make you go GREEN

Hotel Lawyer with GREEN GEMS from the Los Angeles Hotel Investment Conference

Hotel Lawyers Hotel Developers Conference 2008

GREEN is not a trend. It is not going away. It is a critical economic and social issue we have to deal with. We can be early adaptors and take advantage of incentives and savings that come from leadership, or we can respond to regulation and economic consequences which are inevitable. Take your pick!

This is Jim Butler, author of and hotel lawyer, signing off. We’ve done more than $87 billion of hotel transactions and more than 100 hotel mixed-used deals in the last 5 years alone. Who’s your hotel lawyer?

Our Perspective. We represent developers, owners and lenders. We have helped our clients as business and legal advisors on more than $125 billion of hotel transactions, involving more than 4,700 properties all over the world. For more information, please contact Jim Butler at or 310.201.3526.

Jim Butler is one of the top hotel lawyers in the world. GOOGLE “hotel lawyer” or “hotel mixed-use” or “condo hotel lawyer” and you will see why.

Jim devotes 100% of his practice to hospitality, representing hotel owners, developers and lenders. Jim leads JMBM’s Global Hospitality Group® — a team of 50 seasoned professionals with more than $87 billion of hotel transactional experience, involving more than 3,900 properties located around the globe. In the last 5 years alone, Jim and his team have assisted clients with more than 100 hotel mixed-use projects, all of which have involved at least some residential, and many have also involved significant spa, restaurant, retail, office, sports, and entertainment components — frequently integrated with energizing lifestyle elements.

Jim and his team are more than “just” great hotel lawyers. They are also hospitality consultants and business advisors. They are deal makers. They can help find the right operator or capital provider. They know who to call and how to reach them. They are a major gateway of hotel finance, facilitating the flow of capital with their legal skill, hospitality industry knowledge and ability to find the right “fit” for all parts of the capital stack. Because they are part of the very fabric of the hotel industry, they are able to help clients identify key business goals, assemble the right team, strategize the approach to optimize value and then get the deal done.

Jim is frequently quoted as an expert on hotel issues by national and industry publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Forbes, BusinessWeek, and Hotel Business. A frequent author and speaker, Jim’s books, articles and many expert panel presentations cover topics reflecting his practice, including hotel and hotel-mixed-use investment and development, negotiating, re-negotiating or terminating hotel management agreements, acquisition and sale of hospitality properties, hotel finance, complex joint venture and entity structure matters, workouts, as well as many operating and strategic issues.

Jim Butler is a Founding Partner of Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Marmaro LLP and he is Chairman of the firm’s Global Hospitality Group®. If you would like to discuss any hospitality or condo hotel matters, Jim would like to hear from you. Contact him at or 310.201.3526. For his views on current industry issues, visit

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