Irv works with hotel companies and investors to structure, negotiate, consummate, and restructure hotel deals of all kinds, to handle operational challenges, and to strategically guide disputes to resolution.
Over the last twenty years, Irv has served as counsel in thousands of hotel matters and transactions regionally, nationally, and internationally. He has spoken and written extensively about legal and business concepts and strategies to help industry stakeholders anticipate trends and succeed in changing circumstances. Irv is the 2008 recipient of the national Anthony G. Marshall Award, given annually to a single attorney for pioneering and lasting contributions to the field of hospitality law. He holds the highest ratings from AVVO (10 – Superb) and Martindale-Hubbell (AV – Preeminent).
Irv utilizes an extensive background of business and hotel industry experience accumulated in over 25 years of practice. Irv litigated business cases from 1980 to 1983. From 1983 to 1993 he established a recognized corporate recovery and business bankruptcy practice, in which he assisted hotel companies and shareholders in successfully addressing a wide range of corporate, financial, business, transactional, and courtroom challenges. In 1993, Irv established one of the nation’s first hospitality industry teams. Since then, he has focused exclusively on helping hotel companies succeed.
Irv is a founding board member and past president of the Hospitality Industry Bar Association, co-founder of the Northwest Hotel Investment Forum, a charter member of the Academy of Hospitality Attorneys, and a founding member of The Lodging Roundtable. He is the editor-in-chief of the Washington State Hospitality Law Manual, Third Edition, a comprehensive hotel law manual published in September 2012 in coordination with the Washington Lodging Association.