Ask the Hotel Lawyerâ„¢ James Butler
Jim Butler, partner, JMBM, Los Angeles

Bio for James Butler

Jim Butler is recognized as one of the top hotel lawyers in the world. He devotes 100% of his practice to hospitality, representing hotel owners, developers and lenders. Jim leads JMBM’s Global Hospitality Group — a team of 50 seasoned professionals with more than $60 billion of hotel transactional experience, involving more than 1,000 properties located around the globe. JMBM's troubled asset
team has handled more than 1,000 receiverships and many complex insolvency issues. They have developed some unique proprietary approaches to unlock value in underwater hotels that can benefit lenders, borrowers and investors (Google "JMBM SAVE® program"). Jim and his team at Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP (JMBM) 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. They are a major gateway of hotel finance, facilitating the flow of capital with their legal skill, hospitality industry knowledge and ability to find the right "fit" for all parts of the capital stack. Because they are part of the very fabric of the hotel industry, they are able to help clients identify key business goals, assemble the right team, strategize the approach to optimize value and then get the deal done. Jim 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, and Hotel Business. A frequent author and speaker, Jim's books, articles and many expert panel presentations cover topics such as negotiating, re-negotiating or
terminating hotel management agreements, development, acquisition and sale, hotel finance, complex joint venture and entity structure matters, workouts, as well as many operating and strategic issues. If you would like to discuss any hospitality issue — whether it is about a troubled investment or a new transaction — Jim would like to hear from you. Contact him at or 310.201.3526.