Ben Tschann is a partner in Goodwin’s Real Estate Industry group and its Hospitality & Leisure and Joint Venture groups. Mr. Tschann is listed in Chambers as an “up and comer” for his work throughout North America in the Hospitality and Leisure space.

Mr. Tschann’s practice covers all real estate asset classes, with a focus on hotels and resorts. He advises clients on the structuring, negotiation and documentation of complex real estate transactions, including acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures, debt financings, equity financings, work-outs and short-sales. He works with some of the largest institutional investors, REITs, insurance companies and pension funds in the United States, including AEW Capital, Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers, HEI Hotels & Resorts, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, Quadrum Capital, Rockwood Capital and Sunstone Hotel Investors.

Mr. Tschann has a detailed understanding of hotel operations and critical business functions that impact the ownership and operation of hotel, resorts and similar real estate investments that are combined with an operating business. His experience in negotiating hotel management agreements, franchise agreements and technical services agreements with various national management companies gives his clients a distinctive advantage. He has worked on all types of hotels and resorts ranging from urban-luxury with branded residential to resort casinos to select service projects. In addition, he has handled numerous transactions involving labor unions and collective bargaining agreements, restaurant consulting agreements and celebrity chef affiliations. Mr. Tschann’s practice also includes representing independent hotel managers in the negotiation of hotel management contracts with third party owners.

Mr. Tschann has also negotiated and handled the purchase of several high-end luxury homes in North America.





Some of Mr. Tschann’s recent work includes representing:

  • Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers in connection with:
    • the acquisition and financing of the Motif Seattle (formerly Red Lion Seattle)
    • the sale of the Irvine Embassy Suites and Portland Courtyard Marriott to RLJ Lodging Trust
    • the acquisition of the Boston Copley Plaza Hotel
  • Fairmont Raffles Hotel International in its joint venture with an affiliate of Blum Capital to purchase the Claremont Resort and Spa in Berkeley, CA and in connection with the purchase and recapitalization of the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn in Sonoma, CA
  • HEI Hotels in the sale of:
    • the Boca Raton, FL Marriott Hotel to Carey Watermark Investors and negotiation of a new hotel management agreement to continue managing the hotel for Carey Watermark
    • the Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Airport to Cohen Brothers Realty
  • Quadrum Capital in connection with the purchase of a large industrial warehouse site in Brooklyn, NY for redevelopment with multi-family units
  • Rockwood Capital in its acquisition of a select service hotel located in New Orleans, LA and the negotiation of a new hotel management contract with an affiliate of Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group.
  • Sunstone Hotel Investors in connection with:
    • its acquisition of the Hyatt Regency at Embarcadero Center in San Francisco, CA
    • its acquisition of the 1,053-room Boston Park Plaza hotel in Boston, MA
Professional Experience

Prior to joining Goodwin, Mr. Tschann was an associate in the Los Angeles office of Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP. Prior to law school, Mr. Tschann worked at Charles Schwab Inc., as part of its online content development team.


Mr. Tschann is listed in the nationwide Leisure & Hospitality category in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, where he is praised for being "very responsive and very quick on turning things around" and offering "a very good combination of legal and commercial advice." He also has been identified as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers.

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J.D., 2004
University of Notre Dame

(cum laude)

B.A., 1999
Creighton University

(magna cum laude)



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