Joseph Guay

Real Estate Section Leader
Joseph Guay


Joseph A. Guay is a partner in Holland & Knight's New York office and serves as the firm's Real Estate Section leader and co-chair of the Hospitality, Resort and Timeshare Group. His practice is focused in the areas of real estate, business and commercial lending with a strong emphasis in hotel and resort development and hospitality law including hotel acquisitions and dispositions, development and finance, mixed-use development projects, hotel management agreements, branded residential projects, restaurant agreements and general hotel operation matters throughout the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean. He represents national hotel company owners and operators, pension fund advisors and investment funds, and real estate development companies, institutional lenders and investment banks.

Mr. Guay's practice also includes representing real estate companies in connection with the acquisition, disposition, leasing and financing of commercial real estate assets - including, office and multifamily properties and the structuring of joint venture agreements in connection with business formations to own and operate such real estate.

Mr. Guay has prepared and negotiated purchase and sale agreements, joint venture agreements, commercial and retail leases, antenna licenses and leases with telecommunication companies, "celebrity chef" restaurant leases, licenses and consulting agreements and a variety of ancillary real estate related documents.



  • The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law, J.D.
  • University of Connecticut, B.S., summa cum laude
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Connecticut
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • MyGoodDeed, Inc., Director
  • SARAH Inc., Director
Honors & Awards
  • Guide to the World's Leading Real Estate Lawyers, Legal Media Group's Expert Guides, 2015
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Real Estate Law, 2013-2020
  • Chambers USA - America's Leading Business Lawyers guide, Leisure & Hospitality, 2013-2019
  • The Legal 500 USA, Real Estate & Construction: Real Estate, 2012, 2014-2019
  • Cornerstone Award, Lawyers Alliance of New York, 2009


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