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Jim Butler

Partner, Chairman, Global Hospitality Group®
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Main: 310.201.3526
Mobile: 310.968.4000

1900 Avenue of the Stars
Los Angeles, California 90067

Cynthia Perez

Jim Butler is a partner, chairman of the Global Hospitality Group® author of www.HotelLawBlog.com, and chairman of the Chinese Investment Group™. The Global Hospitality Group® specializes in representing owners, developers, and lenders. We have helped our clients as business and legal advisors on more than $71 billion of hotel transactions, involving more than 3,800 properties all over the world. 

Jim is one of the top hospitality attorneys in the world. GOOGLE "hotel lawyer" and you will see why. 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.

Jim devotes 100% of his practice to hospitality, representing hotel owners, developers and lenders. Over the past decade, Jim and his team have assisted clients with more than 100 hotel mixed-use projects—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.

Contact him at jbutler@jmbm.com or +1 (310) 201-3526. For his views on current industry issues and more information about the services provided by the Global Hospitality Group®, visit www.HotelLawyer.com.


J.D., University of California, Berkeley School of Law
Berkeley Order of the Coif, Editor, California Law Review

A.B., University of California, Berkeley
Great Distinction (highest academic designation), Phi Beta Kappa and Pi Sigma Alpha

Bar Admissions

State Bar of California
State Bar of Nevada


Member, International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC)

Founder and Seminar Chair, The Hospitality Industry Forum, 1991-present

Faculty, University of California, Los Angeles Extension

Faculty, University of Southern California, Advanced Professional Program

Awards & Recognition

  • Listed, Los Angeles Magazine's Southern California Super Lawyer, 2009-2015
  • Named by the Daily Journal as one of California's Top Real Estate Attorneys, 2012
  • Listed, Daily Journal's California Real Estate Deal Makers, 2011
  • Listed, Corporate Counsel Super Lawyer, May 2010