Pimal Patel

Pimal Patel

Pimal A. Patel represents individuals, corporations, hotel owners, and other businesses in a wide variety of business transactions and litigation matters. His primary focus is in the areas of real estate, franchise litigation, interchange fee litigation, contract negotiation, finance, and general corporate matters.

Pimal has owned, operated, and managed numerous assets in the real estate sector. He understands the struggles of a business owner and the difficulties they may face. His practical knowledge and real-world experience of the real estate industry allows him to understand the client issues and how one may strategically resolve them effectively and efficiently.

In addition to practicing law, Pimal believes strongly in community service. In 2013, he was appointed to serve, and continues to serve, as a member of the Board to the Small Independent Motel Association (SIMA). He is also a member of the Education & Professional Development Committee of the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA). Pimal also served as a Director of the Leuva Patidar Samaj of Houston (LPSH). He continues to advise various industry and cultural organization on matters as they relate to his service.

Representative Matters

  • Successfully represented a hotel owner in a dispute with its general contractor. After nearly 2 years, Pimal was able to secure an arbitration award and confirmed judgment in excess of $1.5m, removal of general contractor’s mechanic’s lien, and appointment of a receiver of general contractor.
  • Represented an OYO Hotels franchisee in connection with contract negotiation and subsequent disputes relating to OYO Hotels business practices.
  • Successfully represented a Subway franchisee investor and secured a judgment in excess of $334k on behalf of a Subway franchisee investor for claims of fraud.
  • Successfully represented numerous hotel owners as defense counsel against sex trafficking and premise liability claims. Soon after being retained, Pimal was able to secure dismissal without enduring additional costs of litigation for client.
  • Successfully defended against claims of defamation, disgorgement and declaratory judgment on behalf of Client. After reviewing the file, Pimal drafted and implemented targeted discovery and which led to full dismissal of all claims against the client.
  • Successfully represented police officers in their civil rights claims and violations of due process against a local municipality.
  • Successfully represented a telecommunications contractor and secured judgment and foreclosure of a mechanic’s lien for debts owed by a property developer.
  • Represented a former Wyndham Hotels franchisee as defense counsel in a breach of contract action brought by Wyndham. Franchisor claimed it was entitled to amounts including liquidated damages. After months of negotiation, case resulted in a successful settlement with favorable terms.
  • Represented a former Holiday Inn Express franchisee as appeal counsel after claims against IHG were dismissed by client’s former counsel. Soon after being retained, Pimal was able to secure a settlement without enduring additional costs of litigation for client.
  • Represented a former Choice Hotels franchisee as defense counsel in an arbitration action brought by Choice Hotels for non-payment of royalties and liquidated damages. After receiving the file, Pimal was able to save the client from significant damages with favorable settlement terms.
  • Represented a former Wyndham Hotels franchisee as defense counsel. Franchisor claimed it was entitled to royalties as a result of an accounting audit. Pimal was able to negotiate a successful resolution to the satisfaction of the former franchisee.
  • Successfully negotiated a franchise agreement for a Choice Hotels franchise on behalf of a private investor. Pimal was successfully able to negotiate terms favorable to the client in accordance with its long-term goals.
  • Represented and defended a private hotel investor in an arbitration action against a nationwide hotel management company.
  • Successfully represented a property owner in a property tax dispute brought by the local county. After review of the lawsuit, Pimal was able to secure a dismissal of the lawsuit successfully.
  • Represented numerous property owners in property tax appeals and dispute with their respective appraisal districts and appraisal review boards. As a result of Pimal’s representation, his clients have saved countless dollars in tax liability.
  • Represented various businesses in their federal appeal for the wrongful denial of economic losses as a result of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.
  • Represented a wide variety of businesses in their claims arising out the Economic and Property Damages Settlement from In Re Oil Spill by the Oil Rig “Deepwater Horizon” in Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010, MDL 2179
  • Served as private counsel to an FBS Division I football coach in a wrongful death action. After reviewing the file and investigating relevant facts, claims against Client were dismissed.
  • Represented a successful sales executive in threatened litigation for breach of contract and related claims by its former employer. An aggressive response resulted in former employer dropping threats of litigation.
  • Successfully secured dismissal of a nuisance abate action brought by the local county.
  • Secured voluntary dismissal without settlement of a premise liability claim against a hotel.
  • Secured a favorable settlement in a partnership and shareholder oppression dispute.
  • Represented a medical professional in a contract negotiation with a nationwide service provider.
  • Served as counsel to multiple Tropical Smoothie Café franchisees in their lease negotiation and franchise document review.
  • Successfully represented a former NBA player in various matters relating to his business and professional endeavors.
  • Successfully represented numerous developers and investors in the acquisition, disposition, leasing, and financing of commercial real estate projects.
  • Served as borrowers counsel in numerous acquisitions and loan modifications on behalf of hotel owners and real estate developers.

Pimal A. Patel

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Practice Areas

  • Real Estate Development & Real Estate Transactions
  • Real Estate Disputes
  • Property Tax Disputes
  • Franchise Disputes
  • Contract Negotiation
  • Litigation
  • Visa/Mastercard Interchange Fee Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeal for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Wisconsin


  • J.D., South Texas College of Law, 2016
  • B.B.S., Hotel & Restaurant Management, Cum Laude, University of Houston, 2011

Affiliations & Community Service

  • Director, Small Independent Motel Association, 2013 – Current
  • Education & Professional Development Committee, Asian American Hotel Owners Association, 2017- 2020
  • Ambassador, Asian American Hotel Owners Association, 2016 – 2017
  • Director, Leuva Patidar Samaj of Houston, 2017 – 2018
  • Walk Director – Fort Bend, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, 2015