If you’re in the hospitality business, you’ve got a lot on your plate. The legal issues you deal with can come from anywhere and everywhere, so you need counsel that knows your business well, knows where your challenges come from, and knows how to guide you through them.

Service is What You Do Best. We’ll Help Keep You Focused on That.

Our multi-disciplinary hospitality team has experience in all sectors of your industry. Comprised of lawyers from our corporate, securities, tax, financial institutions, real estate, labor and employment, litigation and intellectual property practices, we collaborate on a wide variety of projects, including:

  • Lodging from boutiques to international luxury resort brands.
  • Sports and entertainment venues.
  • Gaming properties.
  • High-end retail.
  • Mixed-use properties.
  • Luxury residential properties.
  • Restaurants and bars.

When it Comes to Hospitality, We’ve Got You Covered.


Because we have such a deep bench of transactional attorneys covering all of the issues you may face, we can handle your legal challenges while you handle the challenges of being the best at what you do. Here are just a few of the ways we can assist you:

Financing. We represent borrowers, lenders and investors in the acquisition, development and financing of hotels and other hospitality properties. From regional to large-scale, complex multi-property projects throughout the United States, we understand the mechanisms of even the most complex financing transactions. Our nationally recognized commercial real estate and financing attorneys are well versed in the unique and practical aspects of the hospitality industry financing process for both borrowers and lenders.

Franchise. Whether you are a franchisor or franchisee, we can provide you with both comprehensive strategy and efficient, effective execution in all franchise-related transactions. 

Labor and Employment. Our labor and employment attorneys can help you with all employment-related issues, including helping you develop programs to motivate and train management personnel to make the correct decisions concerning the treatment of employees. Our services also include: 

  • Structuring and enforcing non-competition and confidentiality agreements.
  • Developing and implementing stock option and other equity and non-equity incentive programs.
  • Preparing and structuring employment manuals.
  • Defending labor-related claims.

Intellectual Property. The development and protection of a property’s name, logo and other intellectual property is one of the most important areas for any hospitality business. Our team includes lawyers who handle trademark and service mark, copyright, trade dress and design patent matters on behalf of a wide range of clients. We can help you locate and clear business names and trademarks, file applications with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and foreign jurisdictions, and register your marks in the U.S. and worldwide.

Technology Transactions. Our experience in both intellectual property and corporate law, combined with our industry and technology experience, allows us to provide sound technical advice and to apply practical business judgment when advising you on the acquisition, use, development and commercial exploitation of technology.

Entertainment Law. Many businesses in the hospitality industry – hotels, restaurants, bars or large venues – routinely encounter legal issues surrounding the use of music, video, live performers and other similar entertainment law issues. We serve the interdisciplinary legal needs of those engaging the services of artists, entertainers and owners of intellectual property. Our entertainment lawyers work in both the traditional areas of entertainment law, as well as digital and new media.


In today's litigious world, disputes are a fact of life for hotel and restaurant operators. Our first objective is to avoid costly disputes through preventive planning, but we are prepared to defend you through litigation whenever necessary and appropriate. Our litigation attorneys have long experience representing companies in all facets of dispute resolution, whether through litigation, mediation, arbitration or informal settlement. These are among the many types of litigation we have handled for hospitality businesses: 

  • Class action securities law suits.
  • Franchisor/franchisee disputes.
  • Discrimination claims.
  • Wage and hour claims.
  • Contract disputes.
  • Workers’ compensation claims.
  • Harassment suits.
  • Product liability disputes.
  • Sexual harassment charges.
  • Shareholder/partner disputes.
  • Securities fraud actions.
  • Trademark infringement actions.
  • Wrongful termination claims.
  • Disability access issues.

Our goal is to resolve these matters efficiently and effectively, with a concern for controlling costs and minimizing disruption to your business.

About Cybersecurity and Data Protection

The hospitality industry is under siege. Prominent hotel chains and hotel management firms have experienced data breaches in recent years, and the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) role in regulating cybersecurity and prosecuting enterprises that fail to protect customer data is rapidly expanding. Our deep understanding of hospitality-specific issues helps us work with you proactively to reduce your risk and reactively to mitigate and weather the fallout from any breach.