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Robyn Nordin Stowell

Partner

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Robyn Nordin Stowell brings extensive experience in real estate and business matters to develop creative strategies that achieve client goals related to real estate development and projects while resolving any pressing legal issues to keep projects on budget and schedule.

Robyn has works closely with private clubs, golf resorts, nonprofit entities, developers, borrowers, lenders, and member groups on complex real estate and financial transactions involving multiple sellers and buyers with golf, spa, retail, fitness, clubhouse, and residential community assets. She advises clients on club turnovers; equity conversions; the purchase, sale, and financing of golf and resort assets; structuring member-financed renovation and expansion programs; contract negotiations; and the sale of amenities valued in the tens of millions of dollars.

Through her work in private practice, Robyn maintains a reputation as one in a handful of attorneys recognized nationally in the hospitality and resort industries for her unique experience in golf course and private club matters. She represents clients throughout the United States, including properties that are recognized as some of the most exclusive in the world.

In addition to real estate work, Robyn also regularly counsels private clubs on governance and membership issues and advises clients on a wide range of legal issues, including restructuring club operations and membership offerings, cybersecurity and data privacy, contracts, insurance, employment, operations best practices, and settlements involving real estate, golf course, and club litigation. She has become a frequently sought-out thought leader in the private club and golf resort sector and regularly contributes as a columnist on topics that are timely for club operations and governance in BoardRoom Magazine. She is also a frequent presenter at the Club Management Association of America’s (CMAA) Business Management Institute, CMAA Annual World Conference and CMAA chapter meetings around the country.

Highlights of Robyn’s experience include:

  • Has represented member-owned and developer-owned clubs across all of their legal needs.
  • Has represented developers and member groups in golf and private club turnovers and equity conversions
  • Has served as counsel to developers of master-planned communities
  • Has counseled member-controlled private clubs and developer-controlled clubs
  • Has counseled buyers and sellers of golf courses
  • Has significant golf-related lending work, including hundred-plus million-dollar golf course and resort loans and has worked on various golf course matters related to financing and construction
  • Led negotiation and implementation of settlement of real estate and golf course litigation demanding $750 million in remedies and provided significant real estate and business support for other litigation
  • Has worked with homeowner associations and condominium associations, including addressing liability and operations issues prior to and after turnover
  • Has represented developers of condominiums and mixed-use projects
  • Represented owner of mixed-use property in tenant leases and lease modifications, addressed CC&R issues and access easement issues, and handled ongoing tenant and business matters for property; handled all aspects of refinancing transaction; negotiated and documented sale transaction for ultimate disposition of project
  • Represented lender in multiple loans secured by income-producing real estate in Arizona, including negotiating loan documents and opinion letters, and review of title, survey and tenant documents
  • Has represented buyers, sellers, developers, landlords, lenders, and others in a variety of real estate developments and transactions

Presentations and Publications

Articles

  • “Document Retention,” BoardRoom Magazine, May/June 2022
  • “Don’t Lose Sight of the Fundamentals,” BoardRoom Magazine, January/February 2022
  • “Lassie Stay Home,” BoardRoom Magazine, September/Oct 2021
  • “Money, Money, Money, Money,” BoardRoom Magazine, May/June 2021
  • “Proper Documentation Matters: Correct Them Now for Your Operations and the Next Crisis,” BoardRoom Magazine, May/June 2020
  • “Do You Make New Year’s Resolutions,” Boardroom Magazine, January/February 2020
  • “Updating Your Club Documents: How Female Participation is Driving Change,” NCA Club Trends, Fall 2019
  • “Website Tips for Your Club,” BoardRoom Magazine, September/October 2019
  • “Goldilocks Minutes: What’s Enough Information,” BoardRoom Magazine, May/June 2019
  • “Let This be the Year Your Club is Truly Private,” BoardRoom Magazine, January/February 2019
  • “Significant Others,” Club Director, Fall 2018
  • “Paying Refunds on Deceased Members’ Estates,” Club Director, Spring 2018
  • “When Significant Others Break Up,” Club Director, Spring 2018
  • “Sticker Shock: Employee Fraud and Theft,” BoardRoom Magazine, January/February 2018
  • “Document Retention Policies,” BoardRoom Magazine, September/October 2017
  • “Educate Staff to Reduce Cyber Security Risks,” BoardRoom Magazine, May/June 2017

Presentations

  • “Do the Right Thing: Building Better Board and Conducting Member Discipline,” Evergreen Chapter CMAA, Fircrest Golf Club, Seattle, April 4, 2022
  • “Fireside Chat:  Club Attorneys Brad Steele and Robyn Nordin Stowell Discuss the Most Current Legal Issues on Their Minds,” Carolinas Chapter CMAA, Carolina Country Club, March 20, 2022
  • “Fifty Tips to Build a Better Board,” Ohio Valley Chapter CMAA, The Columbia Club, Indianapolis, March 14, 2022
  • “Club Governance; Board and Committee Orientations,” CMAA’s Business Management Institute’s Leadership Principles, March 2022
  • “Guiding Governance and Building Trust in Turbulent Times,” Golden State Chapter CMAA, April 15, 2021
  •  “Modify Your Documents Now to Prepare for the Next Pivot,” CMAA Webinar, Aug. 19, 2020
  • “Member Legal Issues,” PCMA Webinar, Aug. 13, 2020
  • “Member Discipline Issues After COVID-19,” CMAA Webinar, April 29, 2020
  • “COVID-19 Update: Top Employment Issues,” Colorado Chapter CMAA and Arizona Chapter CMAA, March 20, 2020
  • “Club Governance; Board and Committee Orientations,” CMAA’s Business Management Institute’s Leadership Principles, October 2019
  • “Basic Legal Issues Every General Manager and Board Should Understand,” Evergreen Chapter CMAA, May 2019
  • “Club Governance; Board and Committee Orientations,” CMAA’s Business Management Institute’s Leadership Principles, April 2019
  • “Club Law Boot Camp: All the Basic Legal Issues Every General Manager and Board Should Understand,” CMAA 92nd World Conference, Feb. 28, 2019
  • “Club Governance; Board and Committee Orientations,” CMAA’s Business Management Institute’s Leadership Principles, January 2019
  • “Tips for Staying Sane, Employed, and Valued in the Club Industry,” OB Sports Management, January 2019
  • “Advanced Issues in Employee Theft and Fraud,” CMAA 91st World Conference on Club Management, March 3, 2018
  • “Advanced Issues in Member Discipline,” CMAA 91st Word Conference on Club Management, March 3, 2018
  • “Cyber Insurance for Private Foundations,” PKF O’Connor Davies, Oct. 26, 2017
  • “Employee Fraud and Theft — If We Were Your Employees We Could Rob You Blind,” 2017 Greater Southwest Chapter CMAA Summit, Aug. 21, 2017
  • “HR Cultural Pain Points Roundtable,” Club Benchmarking and Master Club Advisors Human Resources Symposium, Aug. 17, 2017
  • “Member Discipline: Don’t Make Me Stop This (Golf) Car,” Golden State Chapter of the Club Managers Association of America, April 11, 2017
  • “Governance and Board & Committee Orientation,” CMAA Business Management Institute II, Jan. 11-12, 2017

Community Involvement

  • Arizona Character Education Blue Ribbon Task Force, Arizona Department of Education, Former Member
  • Arizona Character Education Foundation, Former Vice President and Board Member
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities, Former Board Member

Memberships

  • State Bar of Arizona
  • State Bar of Florida
  • State Bar of North Carolina
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
    • Former Foundation Board of Trustees Member
  • National Club Association, Associate Member and Former Board Member
  • National Golf Course Owners Association, Former Corporate Member

Distinctions

  • Best Lawyers in America®, Real Estate Law, Scottsdale (2011–2022)
  • Chambers USA, Recognized Practitioner, Leisure & Hospitality, USA–Nationwide (2018), Leisure & Hospitality, USA–Nationwide (2014–2016)
  • The BoardRoom Magazine, Excellence in Achievement Award for Educator of the Year (2015, 2019), Lawyer of the Year (2019)
  • Golf, Inc., Recommended Attorney (2011–2013)
  • Arizona Business Magazine, Top Lawyer in Arizona (2010–2011)
  • Arizona Commercial Real Estate Magazine, Top People to Know in Commercial Real Estate (2008–2011)
  • The BoardRoom Magazine, Seventeen Most Prominent Women: Golf Industry (2009)
  • Phoenix Business Journal, Best of the Bar (2004)

Contact Robyn Nordin Stowell at 602.333.5467 or rstowell@spencerfane.com.