Joshua M. Bowman

Joshua M. Bowman

Partner, Hospitality Chair

Pronouns: he, him, his

Overview & Experience

Joshua M. Bowman is a partner in the firm’s Real Estate and Corporate departments and is chair of the firm’s Hospitality Practice Group.

Described by his clients as “a skilled and tenacious attorney with a collegial demeanor” who provides “a practical approach with deal-focused creativity,” Josh brings decades of experience counseling clients in connection with real estate acquisitions and sales, debt and equity financing (including real estate fund formation, mezzanine financing, and private placements), management agreements, franchise agreements, 1031 transactions (including TIC Agreements), leasing, joint venture agreements, permits and licensing, construction and design agreements, and a variety of other legal matters.

He has counseled owners of residential apartments and condominiums, shopping centers and retail assets, office parks, manufactured housing community parks, mill buildings, and industrial properties.  However, as the Chair of the firm’s Hospitality Practice Group, Josh is widely known for his expertise representing hoteliers and restaurateurs around the country.

Josh has been invited to join several organizations, including the Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys and the International Society of Hospitality Consultants.  Since 2017, he has been on the faculty of the Boston University School of Hospitality (SHA), where he has taught the courses “Hospitality Law” and “The Fundamentals of a Hotel Real Estate Deal”. The latter is a business oriented course that Josh co-created and co-teaches with the Chief Investment Officer of a large hotel company that he has represented.

Through the years, he has served on several non-profit boards, including as a Trustee of the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE), as a Trustee of the Chunilal Initiative (a nonprofit that organizes neurosurgery mission trips in under-served, impoverished, and marginalized communities around the world), and as a Member of SHA’s Real Estate Advisory Board.  Earlier in his career, Josh was active with the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), serving on the Government Relations Committee and the ICSC NextGen Boston Steering Committee.

When not working, Josh is an avid biker, skier, guitar player, traveler, and poker player. Recently, he traveled to the Galapagos Islands, where Josh and his daughters went SCUBA diving with hammerhead sharks. Since 2013, he has been a regular rider in the Pan-Mass Challenge, a two-day bicycle ride that raises money for cancer research and treatment.

“Josh has proven to be a partner to our business rather than a vendor of our business. Timely and fully-responsive answers to questions, a basket of strategies for every problem drawing from technical expertise under a business-practical umbrella, and an invoice that does not shock the conscience are elements that coalesce to cement our lawyer-client relationship. His thoughtful and professional approach to the company’s transactions/files is tempered by a refreshing irreverence about himself that stretches the relationship beyond merely lawyer-client.”

Best Lawyers Client Reference


  • Represented a purchaser in the acquisition of 20 hotels in New England and 4 hotels in New York City
  • Represented a purchaser of a 6 hotel portfolio
  • Represented a developer in the ground-up development and construction of 6 hotels in New England and 4 hotels in New York City
  • Represented various ground lessees / operators in connection with ground leased hospitality projects
  • Represented one of the largest third party management companies in North America in connection with third party management agreements
  • Represented borrowers and lenders in connection with various hospitality related debt financing
  • Represented borrowers in debt workouts totaling over $100mm of debt
  • Represented various investors in joint venture arrangements, often with large institutional investors
  • Represented franchisees of Marriott, Hilton, Starwood, IHG, Choice and Best Western flagged hotels
  • Represented the purchaser of a 460,000 s.f. office portfolio
  • Represented various restaurateurs with leasing and licensing issues
  • Represented hotel owner / operator in private placement and debt refinance
  • Represented hotel franchisee in franchise negotiations with major franchisor
Insights & Activities


  • Included in Massachusetts Super Lawyers, Real Estate
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America©
  • New England Rising Star, Real Estate (2005-2013)

Speaking Engagements & Publications


  • Urban Land Institute (ULI) Certificate in Commercial Real Estate Pro Forma Fundamentals

Community Involvement