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Ms. Zeidel

Robin Zeidel

Founder & Owner, Zeidel & Associates P.C.

Robin Zeidel is the founder and owner of Zeidel & Associates P.C. She handles a wide spectrum of real estate transactions, including acquisitions, sales and development and office and retail leasing, as well as construction, architectural, design and engineering projects. She also has extensive experience in the hospitality sector in particular and has handled numerous transactions involving hotels, resorts, bars, restaurants and spas on behalf of both owners and operators. Ms. Zeidel is a member of the Women's Business Enterprise National Council, the Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys, International Council of Shopping Centers and the New York State Bar Association. Ms. Zeidel earned an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating available for legal ability and professional ethics. Prior to founding the firm in 2010, for six years Ms. Zeidel held the position of Assistant General Counsel at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. At Starwood Hotels Ms. Zeidel was responsible for all core real estate matters, including the purchase and sale of hotels and other holdings; architecture, design and construction projects such as hotel and spa development and construction; leasing transactions related to retail, spa and food and beverage outlets and all oversight for the company's North American corporate office leasing portfolio, including the company's headquarters relocation. During her tenure at Starwood, Ms. Zeidel was appointed to the Steering Committee of the Association of Corporate Counsel's Real Estate Committee. Ms. Zeidel began her legal career at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan's New York office, and practiced real estate there and at other preeminent New York City firms, representing owners, developers, retailers, office tenants, lenders and borrowers in a broad variety of transactions. Ms. Zeidel graduated magna cum laude from Brooklyn Law School and obtained her B.A. cum laude at Vassar College. She lives in Westchester County, New York, with her husband and two children.

Ms. Zeidel can be contacted at 914-902-3333 or rzeidel@zeidellaw.com

Coming up in May 2019...

Eco-Friendly Practices: Corporate Social Responsibility

The hotel industry has undertaken a long-term effort to build more responsible and socially conscious businesses. What began with small efforts to reduce waste - such as paperless checkouts and refillable soap dispensers - has evolved into an international movement toward implementing sustainable development practices. In addition to establishing themselves as good corporate citizens, adopting eco-friendly practices is sound business for hotels. According to a recent report from Deloitte, 95% of business travelers believe the hotel industry should be undertaking “green” initiatives, and Millennials are twice as likely to support brands with strong management of environmental and social issues. Given these conclusions, hotels are continuing to innovate in the areas of environmental sustainability. For example, one leading hotel chain has designed special elevators that collect kinetic energy from the moving lift and in the process, they have reduced their energy consumption by 50%  over conventional elevators. Also, they installed an advanced air conditioning system which employs a magnetic mechanical system that makes them more energy efficient. Other hotels are installing Intelligent Building Systems which monitor and control temperatures in rooms, common areas and swimming pools, as well as ventilation and cold water systems. Some hotels are installing Electric Vehicle charging stations, planting rooftop gardens, implementing stringent recycling programs, and insisting on the use of biodegradable materials. Another trend is the creation of Green Teams within a hotel's operation that are tasked to implement earth-friendly practices and manage budgets for green projects. Some hotels have even gone so far as to curtail or eliminate room service, believing that keeping the kitchen open 24/7 isn't terribly sustainable. The May issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to integrate sustainable practices into their operations and how they are benefiting from them.