Jeff Holdaway is Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel for Marriott International, Inc., a global hospitality company that owns, manages, and franchises more than 3800 properties worldwide. Jeff has been with Marriott for 25 years and has worked in several diverse disciplines, including real estate development, hotel operations, and chief legal counsel for Marriott’s luxury division, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company LLC.
Presently, Jeff oversees the Americas Lodging and Global Services Group of the Marriott law department which provides general legal services to Marriott’s more than 3000 hotels throughout the Americas. His team also is responsible for providing legal support to various global departments that serve the Company’s lodging businesses, including Asset Management, Intellectual Property, Owner Services, Communications, Sales & Marketing, Food & Beverage, Engineering, and Information Technology.
Prior to joining Marriott, Jeff was in private practice with the law firm of Latham & Watkins in Washington DC. Jeff also served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable James L. Buckley on the United States Court of Appeals, DC Circuit.
Jeff graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. degree in business finance from Brigham Young University. He earned his J.D. from Columbia School of Law and graduated as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. He is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia.
For the past seven years, Jeff has served as chairman of the AH&LA General Counsel’s Committee. In 2012, Mr. Holdaway was awarded the Anthony G. Marshall Hospitality Award, in recognition of pioneering and lasting contributions to the field of hospitality law. Jeff is an avid runner who has competed in more than 80 ultra-marathons, including 34 100-mile races. In 2011, the extended Holdaway family set a Guinness World Record for the most family members to complete an ultramarathon.