Gosch, Philip A.

More than 20 years of experience leading hotel transactions of all kinds. Former in-house counsel and developer for a leading hospitality company. Experience and insight gained from two decades of sitting at every seat at the negotiating table.

Phil Gosch’s vast experience serving as counsel to clients on hotel and resort transactions and matters of all kinds—acquisition, disposition, finance, management, franchise, investment and development—means that he has encountered and solved virtually all issues that arise during a hotel transaction or matter. Owners, buyers, sellers, borrowers, investors, developers and branded and unbranded managers in the hospitality industry seek his guidance on how best to transact and protect their business and interests. Phil’s experience includes serving as a former executive for Wyndham International, Inc. and in-house legal and business development interim positions for Vail Resorts, Inc.  

With the benefit of these experiences and the sheer volume of deals over the years, Phil is more than an attorney – he is the consummate counselor, advisor and confidant to some of the most prominent players in the hospitality industry. His ability to provide unappalled legal guidance, strategies and direction combined with a deep understanding of the dynamics of the hotel business adds significant value to his clients’ transactions, businesses and successes. 

Outside of the office, Phil is committed to shaping future generations by serving on the board of directors for SOS Outreach, an organization helping kids develop character and leadership skills through programs guided in outdoor experiences. He also currently serves as a guest lecturer at Denver University School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management.  

Representative Matters
  • Represented Mill Creek Residential Trust in connection with the acquisition and development of several multi-family projects in Denver, Colorado. Properties are located in central Denver, RINO, LoHi, DU and Capitol Hill areas.

  • Represented White Lodging Services in connection with the site acquisition, entitlement, design review and construction financing for a new build Hyatt House/Hyatt Place and a new build AC/Le Meriden in downtown Denver, Colorado.

  • Represented Vail Resorts in connection with the disposition and subsequent management of the Inn at Keystone, located in Summit County, Colorado.

  • Brownstein represented Zions Suites LP in its sale of the 241-room all-suite DoubleTree Suites Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City.

  • Represented client in negotiation of hotel management agreements for a portfolio sale to a global investment fund of 13 premium-branded, select-service hotels.

  • Represented CIM Group in joint venture transaction with Denihan Hospitality Group to develop a new James Hotel in West Hollywood, in Los Angeles.

  • Represented Evolution Hospitality in the acquisition, in partnership with an affiliate of Argosy Real Estate, of the 215-room DoubleTree by Hilton LAX - El Segundo in California.

  • Assisted client in the nearly $8 million acquisition of a distressed property for future development into a luxury hotel. Advised client regarding all aspects of the transaction, including assignment of the purchase and sale agreement, structuring of workout with previous developer and new market and federal historic tax credits.

  • Counsel to Bachelor Gulf Properties LLC and its affiliates in connection with the recapitalization, condo and hotel loan modifications and Ritz Carlton agreements modifications for the Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch in Beaver Creek, Colorado.

  • Counsel to an affiliate of Hilton Worldwide, Inc. in a joint venture with Chicago-based Equity Group Investments in the acquisition and management of the Elysian, a 188-room hotel located in the Gold Coast of Chicago, which hotel was subsequently rebranded as the Waldorf Astoria Chicago.

  • Represented West Valley Lodging Initiatives, LLC in connection with the $33 million construction and sublease of an Embassy Suites hotel in West Valley City, Utah.

  • Counsel to Evolution Hospitality in the management of the historic Queen Mary located in Long Beach, California.

  • Counsel to Sage Hospitality in connection with the management of the Holiday Inn Parkside in Missoula, MT.

  • Counsel to RockResorts International in connection with the management of La Posada Resort and Spa in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

  • Counsel to Sage Hospitality in connection with the management of the Il Lugano Suite Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

  • Represented KSL Capital Partners, LLC as the purchaser in its $130 million acquisition of the Royal Palm Hotel located in Miami Beach, FL, including $90 million of seller financing. Brownstein also negotiated the purchase and sale agreement and seller financing documents, completed due diligence and closed the acquisition in less than 60 days.

  • Represented RockResorts International in connection with the management of the Bimini Bay Resort in the Bahamas.

  • Represented RockResorts in the management of Half Moon Resort in Rose Hall, Jamaica, one of the premier Caribbean destinations.

  • Represent RockResorts in their management of the Alma del Pacifico Hotel, a beachfront Costa Rican property previously named Xandari by the Pacific, a destination that is consistently ranked by Conde Nast Traveler as one of the best in Latin America.

  • Represented Steven Holtze Corporation in connection with the management of the Juniper Hotel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

  • Represented Sage Hospitality in connection with the management and development of the Spring Hill Suites at Metro State College of Denver.

  • Represented Starwood Hotels and Resorts in connection with the management and development of the Westin Denver International Airport.

  • Represent DLJ Real Estate Capital Partners in connection with the management of a hotel in Nashville, Tennessee.

  • Represented Richfield Hospitality, Inc. in the placement of two management agreements for the management and operation of the Crowne Plaza Pittsburgh and a Monroeville, Pittsburgh Holiday Inn.

  • Represent DLJ Real Estate Capital Partners in connection with the management of a portfolio of hotels in New Jersey, North Carolina and Virginia.

  • Represented Sage Hospitality in connection with the management of Hotel ICON in Houston, Texas.

  • Counsel to a junior mortgage lender in the $15.5 million acquisition of a senior lender's distressed debt for Lumiere Telluride Hotel, followed by the completion of a deed-in-lieu transaction.

  • Representing Peaks Capital Partners LLC in connection with its acquisition of The Peaks Resort & Spa in Mountain Village, Colorado.

  • Represented Highgate Hotels, L.P. in connection with the management of two hotels in the greater San Francisco area.

  • Counsel to Hard Rock Hotel Holdings in the licensing of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tulsa, an Indian casino owned by the Cherokee Nation, and the Hard Rock Hotel and Hard Rock Casino Albuquerque, an Indian casino owned by the Pueblo of Isleta.

  • Represented Stonebridge Realty Advisors, LLC in connection with its appointment by a receiver as hotel manager for two distressed hotels in Colorado.

  • Represented DLJ Real Estate Capital Partners in regards to a portfolio of nine hotel management agreements.

  • Represented Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Inc. in connection with various development and resort management transactions, including the Fairmont Vail, a master planned luxury resort community located in Vail, Colorado and the Fairmont Roco Ki, a master planned luxury resort community located in the Dominican Republic.

  • Represented World Leisure Partners in connection with the acquisition, redevelopment and management of Cap Juluca, a world-renowned luxury resort in the British West Indies on the island of Anguilla.

News & Events

Board Member, SOS Outreach

Former, Board Member, Creative Adoptions

Publications & Presentations
  • J.D., 1994, New York University School of Law
  • B.A., 1991, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • New York
  • Colorado
State Bar of New York