Hotels & Hospitality

The hospitality industry is vulnerable to a broad range of operational and transactional issues that often lead to litigation. We represent local, national, and international hotels in matters involving employment counseling and litigation, corporate transactions, real estate buy/sell agreements and development, intellectual property, bankruptcy and restructuring, tax transactions, and litigation.

Employment & Labor

Acting as outside employment counsel for hotel and lodging owners and operators, we help clients mitigate and manage risk with the thorough development of employment contracts, employee handbooks, non-competes, and severance agreements. We represent employers in matters involving alleged wrongful termination, unfair competition, discrimination and harassment, wage and hour issues, executive and employee compensation, non-compete and nondisclosure agreements, and severance negotiations.

When litigation cannot be avoided, we advocate for employers in discrimination, harassment, and wage and hour lawsuits brought by current and former employees, and defend businesses in wage and hour audits brought by various state and federal agencies.

Learn more about our robust employment and labor practice.

Corporate Transactions & Real Estate

Our attorneys also assist with hotel and golf course site acquisitions, mergers and sales, hotel
management agreements, government permits and authorizations, and project development, including financing, master and sub-condominium regimes for master planned developments, timeshares, and fractional ownership. We negotiate joint ventures, counsel businesses on obtaining investment capital, assist with business succession planning, and provide tax strategy advice. 

For clients with intellectual property, we help them protect their patents, trademarks, and copyrights.

Learn more about our real estate, tax, intellectual property, and corporate and business transactions practices.

Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Whether through litigation, arbitration, mediation, or negotiation, we defend the hotel and hospitality industry against claims of mismanagement, product liability, and construction defects, as well as disputes involving real estate, insurance coverage and bad faith, regulatory compliance, and violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Most recently, Lindsay Leavitt has defended numerous hotels, restaurants, and other businesses in serial lawsuits relating to alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Lindsay has also successfully represented multiple hotel purchasers in fraudulent misrepresentation and failure-to-disclose lawsuits against the sellers.

Learn more about our full-service litigation and alternative dispute resolution practices.