Cynthia Brotman (Cindy) Nelson

Chair, Hospitality
Partner, Real Estate
2021 McKinney Avenue
Suite 1600
Dallas, Texas 75201
t 214.999.4884 f 214.999.3884

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Cynthia Nelson Super Lawyers 2017

Real estate partner Cynthia Brotman Nelson handles sophisticated commercial real estate and financing transactions, often involving iconic properties, and represents owners, REITs, opportunity funds and developers, with a strong expertise in the hospitality and lodging sector. She has represented clients in the development, acquisition, disposition, leasing and financing of commercial properties, both domestic and foreign, including hotels and mixed-use developments, shopping centers, multifamily housing developments, office buildings, industrial properties, unimproved land, and fractional and timeshare properties.

Cindy is Chair of Gardere's hospitality practice and has over 20 years of experience representing and consulting institutional and entrepreneurial hospitality clients.  She is relied upon not only for the real estate law aspects of the transaction, but also the operational components of running a hotel, making her uniquely qualified to guide and protect clients in all aspects of the hotel operating business.

Cindy’s practice includes senior and mezzanine financing services, complex workout and debt restructuring, joint ventures, management agreements, franchise agreements, buying, selling, developing and ground leasing of all types of commercial real estate products. She also assists investors with recapitalization of distressed borrowers and purchasers of troubled assets.

Her clients rely on her efficient and diligent approach to closing varied, high-stakes transactions, and she is regarded as a creative problem solver.

Some of the clients Cindy has represented throughout the United States and abroad include:

  • Aimbridge Hospitality LP
  • Apollo Real Estate Investment Fund LP
  • Area Property Partners LP
  • Ashford Hospitality Trust
  • Capella Hotel Group (fka West Paces Hotel Group)
  • Centennial Real Estate Inc.
  • La Quinta Inns and Suites
  • NYLO Hotels LLC
  • Patriot American Hospitality
  • The Gencom Group
  • Todd Interests Inc.
  • USAA Real Estate Co.
  • Waramaug Hospitality
  • Weidner Investments
  • Wyndham International Inc.

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