Partner, Perkins Coie LLP
David M. Neff is the former co-chair of the Hotel and Leisure practice group at Perkins Coie, an international law firm of more than 1,000 lawyers. He is based in the firm’s Chicago office. Considered one of the leading lawyers in the country in the hotel industry, he argued for the petitioner in the Supreme Court of the United States in the case of RadLAX Gateway Hotel v. Amalgamated Bank and obtained a damage claim of almost $125,000,000 for a client in the MSR Resorts bankruptcy case. He is an adjunct professor at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. He represents some of the largest hotel owners, management companies and franchisees. He also represents the four largest CMBS special servicers in bankruptcies and workouts. He has counseled clients in a wide range of matters, including litigation, strategic planning, acquisitions and dispositions, negotiating and drafting management contracts and franchise agreements, workouts and restructuring, and condo-hotel formation. He has spoken frequently at hotel industry conferences and has authored a number of articles for hotel industry publications. He is the current Chairman of the International Society of Hospitality Consultants and former member of the Hotel Development Council of the Urban Land Institute. He has been designated an Illinois Super Lawyer from 2005-2016, and Chambers USA has listed him as one of the leading hotel lawyers in the country from 2007-2016.