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Who’s Who in Real Estate: JMBM Attorney Jim Butler Recognized by Los Angeles Business Journal

LOS ANGELES – Jim Butler, Chairman of the Global Hospitality Group® at Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP (JMBM) was recognized by the Los Angeles Business Journal (LABJ), as one of the top players in the Los Angeles real estate market. He was profiled in the LABJ’s September 2, 2013 supplement.

While Butler and his team of hotel lawyers handle hotel projects worldwide, with most of their projects outside of Los Angeles, he has worked on many major hotel projects in Los Angeles, including luxury hotels, boutiques and independents.

When asked “What’s the most challenging aspect of working on hotel projects?” reporter Bethany Firnhaber quoted Butler as saying:

I try to put myself inside the client’s head to understand the business needs and goals, but also the personal hopes, fears, passions, frustrations, and excitement. I “own” the project – I think about it in the middle of the night and in the shower in the morning – and am always focusing on every possible way we can get the job done. This is particularly challenging – and rewarding – in hotel development, which seems to be ramping up in a big way again. In hotel development projects, we are an important part of the development team.

Recognized as a thought leader in the hospitality industry, Butler is the author of the popular Hotel Law Blog, and is a coauthor of The HMA Handbook, The How to Buy a Hotel Handbook and The Lenders Handbook for Troubled Hotels.

“Hotels are complex and are the most exciting kind of a real estate,” said Butler. “And it’s an exciting time to be a hotel lawyer,” he added. “This is a great time to buy and sell hotels – and to develop them.”

About JMBM’s Global Hospitality Group®
JMBM’s Global Hospitality Group® represents hotel owners, developers, investors and lenders. We have helped our clients find business and legal solutions for more than $60 billion of hotel transactions, involving more than 1,300 properties all over the world. For more information, go to

About the Los Angeles Business Journal
The Los Angeles Business Journal examines the many ways that the L.A. economy operates. First-rate editorial and research teams provide in-depth analyses of the community’s dynamic business and economic scene. For more information, go to


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