The California Lodging Investment Conference is the nation’s only hospitality conference focused exclusively on the California hotel market. Now celebrating its 7th year, the opening reception followed by a day-long event draws some of the industry’s largest and most well-known owners, operators, brands and hospitality-related experts in the world.
COSTA MESA, CALI. – Officials of the California Lodging Investment Conference [CLIC], the only hospitality conference focused on the California hotel market, announced that Jim Butler, founding partner of Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP, and founder and chairman of the Firm’s Global Hospitality Group, will receive the prestigious lifetime achievement award at the upcoming event being held March 6-7, 2024 at the Westin South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, Calif.
“Jim was the obvious and unanimous choice to receive the third [CLIC] Lifetime Achievement Award,” said Craig Sullivan, founder and president, [CLIC]. “Not only did he co-found one of the leading hospitality law firms that has become synonymous with the industry, but he also has worked on thousands of acquisitions, sales, developments, brandings, repositionings and financings throughout his career. He has graciously taken the time to mentor new hospitality professionals, helping to make the industry a better place. For this and so many more reasons, he is the perfect recipient.”
One of the top hotel lawyers in the world, Butler devotes 100% of his practice to hospitality, providing unmatched hotel business experience and practical legal advice. He and his team represent lenders, owners, developers, independent management companies and capital providers on their hotel projects worldwide. The group brings more than 30 years of hotel experience with more than 4,700 hospitality properties located around the globe valued at more than $125 billion. They have worked on more than 2,700 hotel management and franchise agreements and more than 100 hotel enhanced mixed-use developments. He 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, Hotel Business, Thomson Reuters, and Bloomberg News. He is also the author of HotelLawBlog.com, and serves as an expert witness in hospitality matters. He is a member of the International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC), founder and seminar chair of The Hospitality Industry Forum and serves as faculty at the University of California, Los Angeles Extension, and the University of Southern California, Advanced Professional Program. Butler received his J.D. from University of California, Berkeley School of Law and his A.B. from University of California, Berkeley.
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