Doug Billings holds a Certificate in Hotel Real Estate Investments and Asset Management from Cornell University. In addition, Doug studied hotel administration as an undergraduate student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
The Law Office of Douglas J Billings is the only Ohio law firm that is a member of both the Ohio Restaurant Association and the Ohio Hotel & Lodging Association. The firm is also an active member of the American Bar Association's Hotels, Resorts & Tourism Committee.
Doug Billings holds an active Ohio real estate sales license and previously worked full-time in commercial real estate, focusing on hospitality properties. Doug remains a member of national, state and local Realtor organizations.
A licensed attorney since 1994, Doug Billings has represented hospitality clients since his very first day as a lawyer. In the years since, Doug has represented many national and regional hospitality chains in large, complex and highly-contested matters, including many high-profile foodborne outbreak matters. Doug has helped his clients recover, to date, more than $240 million.
In addition to his legal work, Doug Billings has worked as a policy expert and registered lobbyist for one of the most powerful business organizations in Washington, DC.
As detailed above, our unique professional and educational background allow us to quickly understand the legal and business needs of our hospitality clients. Our time is therefore spent solving our client's problems, rather than getting up to speed on the unique aspects of their industry. This saves our clients critical time and money.
LODGING: Hotels, Motels, Resorts, Bed & Breakfasts, Mixed Use
FOOD AND BEVERAGE: Restaurants, Bars, Caterers, Event Centers, Distilleries, Breweries, Food Trucks, Food Manufacturers
RECREATION/ENTERTAINMENT: Golf Courses, Museums, Theme Parks, Casinos, Ski Resorts, and other Entertainment Venues
AFFILIATES: Other businesses that service the hospitality industry
Our firm provides services across a broad range of business-based legal disciplines and practice areas. Along with a myriad of other issues, we can assist you with:
Acquisitions and Dispositions
Finance and Lending
Foreign Investment (EB-5)
Insurance Coverage and Disputes
Land Use and Zoning
Protected Area Disputes
We focus our representation on hospitality owners, investors, developers and managers. In addition, we are pleased to provide our legal services to those who supply goods or other services to the industry.
A native of Colorado, Doug spent much of his childhood working at two inns owned by his father in the mountain resort community of Glenwood Springs.
This experience caused Doug to become enamored with the industry, leading him to enroll in the highly-regarded hotel administration program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Doug ultimately graduated from UNLV in 1988 with a B.S. in Business Administration.
While still attending UNLV in 1987, Doug began working in the school's athletic department, where he assisted with fundraising, event management and Olympic sports. Doug's tenure in the athletic department coincided with the UNLV Runnin' Rebels 1990 NCAA basketball championship (clearly the greatest college basketball team of all time).
After graduating from the University of San Diego School of Law, Doug obtained his California law license in 1994. He practiced with a prominent San Diego firm for several years, before heading to Washington, DC for a two-year stint as Director of Regulatory Affairs for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. During this time, Doug also served as the vice-chair of the ABA Section of Administrative Law, Regulatory Policy Committee.
Doug returned to practice law in San Diego in 2003, then later relocated to central Ohio for family reasons. Doug has been a licensed Ohio attorney since 2008.
Since relocating to Ohio, Doug has worked not only as an attorney, but as a commercial real estate salesperson, where much of his work has been focused on restaurant and hotel properties. Although now focused solely on his legal practice, Doug maintains his real estate license.
Doug regularly attends hospitality industry events, including both those aimed at attorneys and those events designed especially for hospitality industry members.
Doug has also served as a San Diego Superior Court judge pro tem and is one of the founders of his local community's Little League program, which now serves over 500 youth baseball players every year
Doug and his wife, Lisa, are the proud parents of two teenagers, which allows Doug to enjoy much of his free time at baseball fields and dance competitions.
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