Elizabeth Martin Colombo

Co-Chair, Women's Initiative at Eckert


Elizabeth Colombo focuses her practice on corporate transactional work, with an emphasis in the hospitality industry. Her practice includes the representation of domestic and international hotel and spa management companies, owners, developers, and asset managers in corporate acquisitions and dispositions, as well as the drafting, review, and negotiation of agreements related to (i) hotel, spa, and restaurant management and asset management; (ii) the purchase and sale of hospitality properties and joint ventures; (iii) the franchising and branding of hotels, restaurants and spas; (iv) financing arrangements; and (v) a wide range of day-to-day property operational matters, including filming and location agreements, leases, service agreements, and group sales contracts. Elizabeth has significant experience with business counseling as well as managing and coordinating legal services for corporate clients.  Elizabeth reviews commercial agreements on behalf of corporate clients and has worked on dozens of corporate transactions outside of the hospitality industry, involving mergers, acquisitions, and dispositions.  Elizabeth has also served as temporary in-house counsel for a leading independent hotel management company on several occasions.

Representative Matters

  • Served as temporary in-house counsel for leading independent hotel management company on several occasions. 
  • Represented an independent hotel management company in the negotiation of the management agreement for the first internationally branded hotel in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
  • Represents independent hotel developer in the real property acquisition, management, operation, and financing of the development of a domestic luxury boutique hotel.
  • Negotiated spa management agreement for European-based international luxury spa operator in the negotiation of the spa management agreement for a spa in Doha, Qatar.
  • Served as hospitality counsel in the acquisition of a leading British hotel management company.
  • Negotiated commercial real estate lease on behalf of an energy company for a Pennsylvania convenience store property.
  • Represented Asian-based international luxury resort and spa brand operator in the negotiation of the spa management agreement and brand tri-party agreement in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
  • Negotiated a new franchise arrangement with a major international brand on behalf of a hotel ownership group for a new-build hotel in Hawaii.

Community Involvement

  • Tickets for Kids-Pittsburgh, Member of the Board of Directors
  • Pennsylvania State University Schreyer Honors College, Alumni Interviewer
  • Penn State Alumni Association
  • William & Mary Law Alumni Ambassador

Awards and Recognition:

  • Selected for inclusion in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers – Rising Star

News and Insights

Speaking Engagements

  • “The Pittsburgh Hotel Boom: An Inside Perspective from Hospitality Lawyers,” co-presenter CREW Pittsburgh Members Lunch-n-Learn, January 2018.
  • “Pittsburgh Hotels: Why So Many New Ones and Who Employs All These People?” co-presenter, Eckert Seamans’ Continuing Legal Education Seminar, August 2016.