Hospitality and Leisure

We help clients in this heavily regulated, complex industry take advantage of opportunities and minimize risk.

Our Hospitality and Alcoholic Beverage industry lawyers combine in-depth legal knowledge with hands-on permitting and regulatory experience at the local, state, and federal levels. Clients count on us for full-service advice and representation in every aspect of their business.

At every point, we strive to anticipate problems and seize opportunities as they arise. In addition to industry-specific advice, we provide counsel and representation on the full range of general business matters, from corporate advice to real estate, employment, tax, contract issues, and other disputes.

Our Clients

  • Alcoholic beverage producers, including breweries, wineries, and distilleries
  • Restaurants, catering establishments, food trucks, and franchises
  • Hotels, bed and breakfasts, and other entities offering lodging, from campgrounds to exclusive luxury resorts
  • Airlines, trains, cruise ships, and car transit providers

Our Services

  • Securing and maintaining necessary business licenses and permits, including TTB and ABC compliance
  • Buying or leasing properties
  • Contract issues
  • Vendor disputes
  • Distribution agreements
  • Corporate formation and fundraising
  • Assistance with navigating the three-tier system of alcoholic distribution
  • Negligence in the maintenance of business premises (including pests such as bed bugs)
  • Failure to comply with the Fair Labor Standards Act, including minimum pay, overtime pay, and equal pay child labor
  • Discrimination against employees based on protected status
  • Denial of services to guests perceived as illegal discrimination
  • Contending with internet reviews (how not to reply on Trip Advisor)
  • Disagreements with a franchisor or franchisee
  • Union disputes
  • Misapplying tip pools
  • Dram shop violations
  • Food safety and sanitation issues
  • Security concerns
  • Insurance
  • Trademark and copyright violations
  • Tax obligations, including excise taxes
  • Sanitation issues in spas
  • Guests' rights to privacy
  • SEC mandates
  • Immigration
  • Managing and training employees to ensure compliance with all of the above

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