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I am the principal of Lannan Legal PLLC, in Washington, D.C. I represent owners and operators of hotels, restaurants, private clubs and other hospitality businesses in a variety of transactions, including sales, financings, joint ventures, management agreements, franchise agreements, service agreements and contracts with online travel agencies and other sales intermediaries. I also advise hospitality companies on regulatory matters, including compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Before I began my private practice in January 2011, I was a Vice President & Senior Counsel with Hilton Worldwide, Inc., where I led a group of attorneys responsible for advising the company on operation of all of its owned and managed hotels throughout the world. Earlier, I was a Vice President & Senior Counsel with Marriott International, Inc., where I represented that company in transactions involving hotels in the United States as well as the United Kingdom, the Middle East and Africa.
Before joining the hospitality industry, I practiced in two international law firms and, earlier, as a Captain in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps.
I received my J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center and an LL.M., with highest honors, from The George Washington University. I received a B.A., magna cum laude, from Georgetown University. I am a member of the Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Sigma Nu honor societies.
I have lectured and published articles on a variety of topics, including legal issues related to hotel and restaurant management. I founded and serve as a Co-Chair of the Hotel & Lodging Legal Summit, co-sponsored by Georgetown University Law Center and the American Hotel & Lodging Association. I also serve on the faculty of Georgetown University's graduate program in Hospitality Management, for which I teach a course titled, "Navigating Hospitality Law for the Non-Legal Professional." I have served as the Chair of the American Bar Association Hotels, Resorts & Tourism Committee. I have been elected to the Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys and made presentations at few of that organization’s meetings.
I am a native of Minneapolis, Minnesota. I now live in Potomac, Maryland with my wife and three children.