EXECUTIVE VP AND CORPORATE COUNSEL
Joel M. Eastman joined Phoenix American in 2013 as an Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary. He also serves as a member of Phoenix American’s Advisory Board. He performs these functions while maintaining the full time private practice of law and consulting to select clients thru the firm of Joel M. Eastman, PLLC, specializing in real estate and business matters.
Prior to forming his firm in 2007, Joel was Vice President/Sr. Real Estate Counsel with FelCor Lodging Trust, an Irving, Texas NYSE hospitality REIT from 1998 to 2007, which during his tenure owned over 225 hotels. Before that, from 1995 to 1998 when Bristol was merged into FelCor, Joel served as General Counsel of Bristol Hotels & Resorts, a Dallas, Texas hospitality ownership and operating company, which during his tenure became a NYSE public company, and grew from 35 to over 125 hotels, and 15,000 employees. Prior to 1995, since 1977 Joel was engaged in the private practice of law in Dallas with Munsch Hardt and initially Stollenwerck, Moore and Silverberg. Joel has served as a director (and chaired the Strategic Planning Committee) of The Gladney Center for Adoption, a Ft. Worth, Texas based international leader providing adoption services since . Joel has also served as a director of the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association and the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children Golf Tournament. He is also a member of various professional and industry organizations, including the American Bar Association, Idaho and Texas Bar Associations, and the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts. Joel is a graduate of University of Florida (BSBA and MBA) and Southern Methodist University (JD).