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Mr. Thompson

Justin Thompson

Real Estate Partner, Nixon Peabody, LLP Los Angeles

Justin X. Thompson is a partner in Nixon Peabody's national real estate practice. Mr. Thompson, who is based in the firm's Los Angeles office advises on all aspects of real estate including real estate finance, development, leasing, loan restructurings, land exchanges, sale-leasebacks, property management arrangements and joint ventures. He represents commercial and industrial developers, investors, lenders and property owners. Mr. Thompson works with clients across the entire spectrum of the real estate industry, from acquisition, financing and development to leasing and disposition. His experience includes work on all types of real estate projects, from residential and mixed-use to commercial, industrial and health care projects. In addition to the foregoing, he has a particular focus on condominium/common interest development and related regulatory work. Mr. Thompson is keeping a close eye on real estate transactions involving health care and hospitality. He believes these are two key industries poised to continue strong growth. Beyond health care and hospitality, Mr. Thompson notes that the steady and solid improvement in the U.S. real estate market as a whole has caught the attention of foreign investors who continue to pursue participation in all facets of attractive deals. Mr. Thompson believes the positive momentum of the market puts added emphasis on the need for clients with unrealized real estate value to take steps to fully realize that value. Mr. Thompson earned his B.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. He graduated from the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville, where he was Regional Editor and Member of Journal of Law and Education.

Please visit www.nixonpeabody.com for more information.

Mr. Thompson can be contacted at 629-213-6142 or jthompson@nixonpeabody.com

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.