Timothy Q. Hudak
Chief Executive Officer
Board of Directors
Tim Hudak is the CEO of Eckert Seamans. He has negotiated more than 2000 hotel management and franchise agreements and numerous real estate joint ventures for the acquisition and development of hotels and hotel secured credit facilities for more than $5 billion, in addition to hotel real estate acquisitions and divestitures totaling in excess of $10 billion.
Prior to joining the firm, Tim was senior vice president and general counsel for Interstate Hotels, where he played a lead role and acted as primary negotiator of the merger for the nation’s two largest independent hotel management companies. He now has more than 28 years of full-time experience in the hospitality industry.
- Maintains an extensive and growing hotel transactional practice representing hotel owners, lenders, developers, real estate investment funds, franchisees, and management companies that includes successful consummation of multiple management, franchise joint venture and financing transactions in connection with hotels throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, India, China, Morocco, the Netherlands, Hungary, Indonesia, and Russia.
- Oversees a substantial hospitality practice providing legal services in connection with day-to-day hotel operational matters.
- Allegheny County Bar Association
- American Bar Association
- Pennsylvania Bar Association
- American Hotel and Motel Association
- St. Vincent College, Board of Directors
- VisitPittsburgh, Chair-Elect of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee Member
Awards and Recognition:
- Selected for inclusion in Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers for Leisure & Hospitality Law
- Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for Hospitality
News and Insights
- “Doing Business in United States: Pennsylvania” , co-author, PLC Cross-Border Handbook: Doing Business in . . . , 2010.
- “More law firms appointing dual CEOs to maintain client continuity,” Pittsburgh Business Times, May 17, 2017.
- “3 Things That Are Holding You Back From Making Partner,” Law360, November 19, 2015.
- “Supply, demand numbers make India attractive” Hotel Management, February 2012.
- “Pittsburgh Hotels: Why So Many New Ones and Who Employs All These People?” co-presenter, Eckert Seamans’ Continuing Legal Education Seminar, August 2016.
- “We Have an Agreement….Now What? Hotel Owner-Manager Dynamics,” panelist at Georgetown Law School Hotel and Lodging Legal Summit, November 2015.
- “Midnight Raid 2.0: Hotel Management Agreements Under Siege,” panelist, Georgetown Law School Hotel and Lodging Legal Summit, October 2013.
- “Hospitality: With Hotels, There’s More than Meets the Eye,” co-presenter, Eckert Seamans’ Continuing Legal Education (CLE), August 2013.
- “Negotiating Franchise and Management Agreements,” panelist, Georgetown Law School Hotel and Lodging Legal Summit, November 2012.
- “Alternative Billing Arrangements,” co-presenter, Eckert Seamans’ CLE, August 2010.
J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 1987
B.A., Saint Vincent College, 1984