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Irv, the hospitality industry counselors at Sandman Savrann, and the firm's interdisciplinary team members counsel hospitality companies about acquiring, financing, managing, and franchising properties; all aspects of financially distressed hotels, condo hotels, and mixed use projects; developing and protecting technology, brands, e-commerce solutions, and other intellectual property; real estate associated with hotels and resorts; negotiating and drafting system license agreements, management agreements, strategic partnerships, and other relationships; managing employment and diversity matters; and litigating disputes. 


Practice Areas


  1. Business: 80%
    34 years
  2. Chapter 11 Bankruptcy: 10%
    34 years
  3. Litigation: 10%
    34 years

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Sandman Savrann PLLC

Boston - New Haven - Scottsdale - Seattle
600 University St., Suite 2424
Seattle, WA, 98101



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Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Recipient, Anthony G. Marshall Hospitality Law AwardHospitality Law Conference2008
Who's Who in the WorldMarquis' Who's Who2007
Nominated for Anthony G. Marshall Award American Hotel & Lodging Association2006
The Best Lawyers In AmericaNaifeh and Smith1995
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Attorney - Counselor, Founding MemberSandman Savrann PLLC2010 - Present
Hospitality Industry Group ChairGraham & Dunn1993 - 2009
ShareholderGraham & Dunn P.C.1987 - 2009
AssociateGraham & Dunn P.C.1980 - 1987
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Northwest Hotel Investment ForumCo-founder2011 - Present
Hospitality Industry Bar AssociationPresident and a founding board member2009 - Present
National Association of Condo Hotel OwnersCounsel2005 - Present
Seattle Hotel AssociationGeneral Counsel2005 - Present
Seattle Rotary #4, Rotary Hospitality Industry CircleFounding Member2005 - Present
Seattle-King County Convention and Visitors BureauBoard Member2002 - Present
American Bar AssociationChairman, Hospitality Industry Liaison Subcom.2002 - 2009
American Bar AssociationCo-Chair, Hotels, Resorts and Tourism Committee2001 - 2004
The Lodging RoundtableFounder1998 - Present
Academy of Hospitality Industry AttorneysCharter Member1997 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationChairman, Creditor-Debtor Section1988 - 1990
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1980 - Present
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California at Los Angeles School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor (Member, UCLA Law Review)1980
University of WashingtonN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts (summa cum laude)1976
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Washington Lodging Association Annual ConventionOwner and Management Company Forum: Post-Meltdown Strategies and Opportunities2011
The Lodging ConferenceLet's Make a Deal: 7 Steps to a Successful Post-Meltdown Acquisition2011
Northwest Hotel Investment ForumNorthwest Hotel Performance, Issues Facing the Industry2011
Washington Hotel & Lodging AssociationOwners and Management Forum on Positioning, Financing, and Opportunities in the Current, Fluid Environment2009
The Lodging ConferenceA Guide to Completing Hotel Deals in a Troubled Environment2009
Hospitality Law ConferenceInternational Hotel Development Deals: Approaches and Considerations-Articulating, Comparing and Contrasting: India, Middle East; and Latin America2009
Hospitality Law ConferenceInternational Hotel Development Deals: Common Considerations that Apply in All International Transactions2009
Washington Hotel & Lodging AssociationAsk the Experts, Best Practices Panel2008
The Lodging ConferenceThe Formula for a Successful Joint Venture2008
Hospitality Law ConferenceHospitality Real Estate Transactions Workshop2008
Buying & Selling Hotels WorkshopStrategies for Buyers: Fitting the Plan to the Property2008
Buying & Selling Hotels WorkshopNegotiation, Documentation and Closing the Deal2008
Lodging ConferenceCondo Hotel Financing and Legal Issues2007
Hospitality Law ConferenceCondo Hotels, Three Years into the Concept2007
The Lodging ConferenceCondo Hotel Development2006
The Lodging ConferenceCondo Hotels from a Legal and Financial Perspective2006
NACHO Condo Hotel SummitSidestepping SEC Trouble: Complying with Securities Laws2006
Hospitality Law ConferenceCondo Hotels--The Product and the Plumbing2006
The Lodging ConferenceMixed-Use Review2005
The Hospitality Law ConferenceAcquisition, Development and Financing Issues: Focus on Condominium Hotels2005
American Bar Association Joint Fall CLE MeetingHotel Revolution-Are we Becoming a Condo Nation2005
The Lodging ConferenceMixed-Use/Hotel Condominium Development2004
The Hospitality Law ConferenceHotel Mixed-Use Development Projects2004
American Bar Association Spring SymposiumThe Legal Strategy Behind a Successful Mixed-Use Project: The Implication of Use Restrictions and Zoning2004
Academy of Hospitality Industry AttorneysInternet Issues of Interest to Hospitality Client2004
The Lodging ConferenceAvoiding a Lawsuit: Strategies to Protect You and Your Hotel2003
The Lodging ConferenceBuying an Under-Performing Hotel2003
The Lodging ConferenceDeal Makers Forum2003
The Hospitality Law ConferenceSale and Acquisition Concerns Arising from Hospitality Property Transactions: Buying and Selling a ‘Business in a Box2003
The Lodging ConferenceTrend Setting Legal Decisions2002
The Lodging ConferenceMerger Mania2001
The Lodging ConferenceLegal Developments Affecting the Hotel Industry: Franchising, Construction and Environmental Issues2000
The Lodging ConferenceLaw and The Management Agreement2000