BakerHostetler Continues to Expand Business Practice Group and Adds Real Estate and Hospitality Partner in Orlando

Press Releases / August 5, 2022

ORLANDO — Aug. 5, 2022

Key takeaways
  • Ormend Yeilding joins BakerHostetler’s Orlando office as a partner in the firm’s Business Practice Group and Real Estate team and will also be a member of its Hospitality Industry team.
  • Yeilding advises developers, institutional investors and private equity groups on the acquisition, financing and restructuring, and disposition of resorts, hotels and other leisure assets. His arrival follows the addition of an Atlanta-based Real Estate team, led by partners Josiah Bancroft and Robert Bittner, and Hospitality Industry team co-leader Jeff Diener in San Francisco, who joined earlier this year. 
  • His arrival is the latest addition to BakerHostetler’s rapidly expanding Business Practice Group, which has added 11 partners in 2022.
Why this matters

Yeilding has extensive experience with sophisticated transactions for some of the world’s most recognizable hospitality and leisure assets nationwide, making him a strategic addition to BakerHostetler’s rapidly expanding Real Estate and Hospitality teams, both nationally and in Florida. His arrival further strengthens the firm’s ability to advise clients in all types and kinds of hospitality transactions across the United States.

Key quote

“I am thrilled to welcome Ormend Yeilding to BakerHostetler. He is undoubtedly a strong addition to our Business Practice Group and our Real Estate and Hospitality teams. He will be a tremendous asset to our clients entering into hospitality transactions,” said John Allotta, chair of BakerHostetler’s Business Practice Group.

About Yeilding’s practice

Yeilding joins from a National Law Journal 500-ranked firm where he helped lead its hospitality practice. He also was general counsel for a hotel investment firm that specializes in providing asset management, financing and construction consulting services for its investment partners.

In private practice, Yeilding represents developers, institutional investors and private equity firms on complex transactions involving the acquisition, disposition, financing and restructuring of leisure and hospitality assets across the U.S. He primarily focuses on hotel and resort transactions and regularly negotiates brand management and franchise agreements. Yeilding received his B.A. from Duke University and his J.D. from the University of Florida.

Key quote

“We welcome Ormend Yeilding to the Orlando office. He will not only be an asset to our regional clients, but to the many hospitality clients we represent around the country as well,” said James Etscorn, managing partner of the firm’s Orlando office. “His more than 20 years of experience, both in private practice and in-house, allows him to provide clients with perspectives from both sides of the negotiating table.”

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About BakerHostetler

With hundreds of highly ranked attorneys across multiple practice areas, BakerHostetler helps clients around the world address their most complex and critical business and regulatory issues, delivering sophisticated counsel and outstanding client service. The firm has six core practice groups — Business, Digital Assets and Data Management, Intellectual Property, Labor and Employment, Litigation, and Tax — composed of more than 1,000 lawyers located coast to coast. For more information, visit

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