DALLAS (June 23, 2015) – Holland & Knight is pleased to announce that hospitality attorney Kelly Franklin Bagnall has joined the firm as a partner in its Dallas office. Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Ms. Bagnall was a member of Dykema and served as the director of its Hospitality and Gaming Industry Group.
"We are very pleased to welcome Kelly and her long-time hospitality clients to our firm," said Joe Guay, Holland & Knight's Real Estate Section leader. "With Kelly's help, our firm looks forward to building our new real estate and other practices in Dallas and expanding our national hospitality team's reach within the industry."
Established in 2013, the office now has approximately 35 attorneys practicing predominantly in the areas of corporate and commercial finance, mergers and acquisitions, real estate, energy, restructuring and bankruptcy. Holland & Knight's Dallas office formed its real estate practice in March when it hired a five-lawyer real estate and finance team.
Ms. Bagnall's practice focuses on all aspects of the hospitality industry with a focus on operations. She also handles commercial litigation and general business counseling matters. Ms. Bagnall has represented owners and operators of hotels and resorts in a vast array of operational matters, including transactions, dispute resolution and event contracts. She negotiates a wide variety of supplier/vendor agreements, including online travel agreements and agreements with other sales and marketing intermediaries. She has strong relationships with several national hotel and hospitality companies.
Ms. Bagnall is a member of the Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys and Meeting Professionals International as well as the Professional Convention Management Association, and frequently speaks at industry conferences.
"My move to Holland & Knight represents a new chapter in my professional life as I strive to deliver the best service to my clients," said Ms. Bagnall. "Holland & Knight's geographic reach and resources will undoubtedly enhance the services I can provide, giving my clients access to a deep cross-section of professionals who provide a multitude of services required by hotel owners, managers and flags."
With more than 280 lawyers and professionals, Holland & Knight's Real Estate Section is one of the largest of any U.S. law firm. The U.S. News – Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" 2015 guide selected the Real Estate Law and Land Use and Zoning Law practice groups for national first-tier rankings.
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