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Businesses in the hospitality industry contend with an ever-changing legal landscape at the federal, state and local level, including recent developments impacting a wide range of workplace law issues, licensing and permitting matters, violations, transactional matters and safety mandates.


Our attorneys have significant experience advising clients, including hotels, casinos, gaming and other resort destinations, cruise lines, airlines, caterers, liquor stores, grocery stores, wholesalers, manufacturers and restaurant corporations across the country, on hospitality-related legal issues. In addition to our firm-wide hospitality practice, several of our offices have formed relationships with their local hospitality industry associations. Our attorneys are also members of the National Association of Licensing and Compliance Professionals.  As a result of our client service, depth of knowledge, and breadth of expertise, clients routinely turn to our firm for representation on hospitality matters.

Our hospitality team encompasses both labor and employment law practitioners and attorneys firm-wide with extensive knowledge of federal, state, and local laws and regulatory concerns that impact hospitality business operations. We also leverage our international capabilities to further our knowledge of the global environment in which our clients manage their operations.  Some of the specific services we provide include:

  • Defending clients in hospitality law-related litigation, as well as individual, collective and class action lawsuits alleging discrimination, defamation, breach of contract, intentional torts, and other issues in federal and state trial and appellate courts;
  • Advising and counseling on legislative and regulatory developments as they relate to hospitality and gaming employers;
  • Advising and counseling on immigration matters so clients can secure the best talent;
  • Counseling on all aspects of safety planning and compliance;
  • Advising on real estate law matters;
  • Advising on compliance with state and local administrative codes and laws;
  • Advising on general best practice issues, including privacy-related policies;
  • Advising on third-party agreements and negotiating confidentiality and other agreements, including hotel and restaurant management agreements;
  • Defending wage and hour audits and litigation, including class actions;
  • Representing clients in labor arbitrations and advising on negotiation of new collective bargaining agreements;
  • Defending fringe benefit contribution claims;
  • Advising on crisis management, including immediate response, gathering evidence and communicating with the press;
  • Advising and counseling on federal and state alcohol beverage licensing laws and regulations;
  • Assisting clients in obtaining the necessary federal, state and municipal permits required to operate a hospitality business, including but not limited to zoning and use permitting, sales and use tax, and health permits; and
  • Representing clients before state and local tribunals with respect to violations matters, including New York City Health Department, Building Department and FDNY violations.

Critical to our approach in meeting our clients’ needs is a multidisciplinary team of attorneys with diverse subject matter expertise combined with industry-specific knowledge. 


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February 22, 2017

OSHA Reminds Employers to Post Injury and Illness Summaries

February 22, 2017

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has reminded employers they must post a copy of the agency’s “Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses” (Form 300A) summarizing job-related injuries and illnesses logged during 2016. OSHA said that each year, between February 1 and April 30, employers must... Read More

February 21, 2017

Labor Department Nominee’s Opinions as National Labor Relations Board Member

February 21, 2017

R. Alexander Acosta, President Donald Trump’s nominee as the next Secretary of Labor, served on the National Labor Relations Board from December 17, 2002, to August 21, 2003. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on November 22, 2002, having been nominated by President George W. Bush. Acosta, a Republican, served with fellow... Read More

February 15, 2017

Florida Whistleblower Act Requires Showing of Actual Violation, Federal Court Rules

February 15, 2017

Florida’s private-sector Whistleblower Act (“FWA”) protects only those employees who can show an actual violation of a law, rule, or regulation, a federal district court has held. Graddy v. Wal-Mart Stores East, LP, No. 5:16-cv-9-Oc-28PRL (M.D. Fla. Feb. 14, 2017). The FWA (Florida Statute Section 448.102) prohibits... Read More

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