Melinda Stier

Senior Vice President, General Counsel at Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants

Melinda Stier is a senior vice president and general counsel at Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants. Melinda has held this position since August 2016. Prior to that, they were of counsel at Foley & Lardner LLP from February 2014 to August 2016. From June 2008 to February 2014, they were senior counsel at SSL Law Firm LLP.

Ms. Stier began their career at Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants in March 2004 as an assistant general counsel. In this role, they were a member of the small legal department handling real estate/hotel acquisitions, sales, financings, and all other legal matters for 50+ hotels and restaurants nationwide. Melinda also drafted and negotiated complex transactional agreements, hotel management agreements, construction agreements, and ground leases. In addition, they managed outside counsel for the company.

In October 2007, Ms. Stier was promoted to associate general counsel and senior vice president. In this role, they continued to draft and negotiate all types of hospitality marketing, sales, and operations contracts. Melinda also negotiated and resolved contractual disputes. In addition, they managed a multimillion-dollar Hurricane Katrina insurance claim and the outside counsel in the associated litigation, including discovery production. Melinda also summarized and presented major legal issues to the executive team.

Ms. Stier has been instrumental in several initiatives during their time at Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants. Melinda led the team in the design of a legal form to use nationwide for a multitude

Melinda Stier graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a B.A. in Political Science-International Relations. Melinda then attended the University of San Diego School of Law and received their J.D. After graduation, they became certified in J.D.

Melinda Stier reports to Mike DeFrino, Chief Executive Officer. Melinda Stier works with Joe Pagone - Vice President, Operations Hotels & Restaurants, Donald Ogrady - Vice President, Technology, and Ave Bradley - Creative Director & Senior Vice President, Design.


  • Senior Vice President, General Counsel

    Current role

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