John Melicharek Jr.

Partner

Orlando
T +1 407.649.4086  |  F +1 407.841.0168
New York
T +1 212.589.4284  |  F +1 212.589.4201

"[John is] very experienced and doesn't farm out the work – responsive and knowledgeable in the field. These are the types of people I seek out."

— Chambers USA 2012

With 30 years' experience advising clients on business and transactional matters, John Melicharek focuses his current practice primarily on transactions within the hospitality industry. He counsels clients on real estate, finance, management and similar transactional needs, and provides invaluable guidance during business acquisitions and joint ventures. When clients are involved in complex transactions, contemplating mixed-use project structuring or facing difficult legal decisions, John is typically brought in to analyze their situation and develop creative strategies to meet their business objectives.

John leads BakerHostetler's Hospitality Industry team. He has been ranked in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business since 2008 in the area of Leisure and Hospitality and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America© in Real Estate Law. He is a frequent lecturer at hospitality industry conferences, offering commentary and opinions on hospitality industry issues, trends, challenges and news.

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  • Represented a client in the structuring and negotiation of a joint venture between two major international hospitality companies for the development, financing, and sale of a mixed-use hotel and timeshare project designed to operate as an integrated resort.
  • Represented an international publicly traded hospitality company in connection with management agreements for a hotel and mixed-use projects in numerous countries, including Brazil, Mexico, China, the Philippines, Indians, Vietnam, St. Kitts, the Bahamas, Aruba, the Middle East, Columbia and the United States.
  • Represented an international hotel and gaming company in connection with management of various international mixed-use hotel and casino projects.
  • Handled dispositions of a major independent timeshare company to a private equity fund, including the restructuring of more than $300 million of debt.
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Experience

  • Represented a client in the structuring and negotiation of a joint venture between two major international hospitality companies for the development, financing, and sale of a mixed-use hotel and timeshare project designed to operate as an integrated resort.
  • Represented an international publicly traded hospitality company in connection with management agreements for a hotel and mixed-use projects in numerous countries, including Brazil, Mexico, China, the Philippines, Indians, Vietnam, St. Kitts, the Bahamas, Aruba, the Middle East, Columbia and the United States.
  • Represented an international hotel and gaming company in connection with management of various international mixed-use hotel and casino projects.
  • Handled dispositions of a major independent timeshare company to a private equity fund, including the restructuring of more than $300 million of debt.
  • Handled the sale of a major convention center hotel in a transaction valued in excess of $700 million.
  • Represented a major international hotel brand in the negotiation of hotel management agreements for various urban and resort hotel properties.
  • Represented a client in the acquisition of a portfolio of 10 hotels located in seven different states.
  • Handled the acquisition and sale of apartment properties totaling in excess of 10,000 units.
  • Represented numerous clients in timeshare receivable loans and securitization transactions ranging in value from $50 million to $350 million.
  • Handled the conversion of three partially sold condominium hotel projects to a timeshare resort.

Recognitions

  • Chambers USA: Nationwide Leisure and Hospitality (2008 to 2016)
  • The Best Lawyers in America©
    • Orlando: Real Estate Law (2013 to 2017)
    • Orlando: Leisure and Hospitality Law (2015 to 2017)

Memberships

  • Urban Land Institute – Recreational Development Council
  • American Resort Development Association: Trustee
  • Resort Development Organization: Europe
  • American Bar Association
  • Florida Bar Association
  • New Jersey Bar Association

Community

  • Orlando-Orange County Convention and Visitors Bureau: Board of Directors, Former Member

Services

Industries

Admissions

  • Florida, 1993
  • New Jersey, 1982
  • [Not admitted in New York]

Education

  • J.D., Seton Hall University School of Law, 1982, cum laude
  • B.S., Lafayette College, 1979, magna cum laude