The Hospitality Group offers a wide range of preventive legal solutions designed to minimize the risk of expensive litigation. However, when litigation cannot be avoided, the Group is also able to mobilize a team of litigators with extensive trial experience in both state and federal courts. On the transactional side, the Group's lawyers regularly represent clients in the negotiation of commercial agreements ranging from simple leases to complex construction contracts as well as the lease, purchase and sale of multi-million dollar resorts and recreational based developments. Our representative experience includes:
- Successful defense of major luxury hotels in complex wage-and-hour class actions
- Representation of U.S. based companies including major financial institutions in connection with complex hotel and resort developments in Latin America
- Coordination of global litigation in Hong Kong, Canada, Australia and the U.S. over trademark rights for a major hotel brand
- Litigation of environmental, construction defect and real estate disputes involving major developers, builders and architects
- Successful representation of hotel, resort and rental car company employers in over 100 union campaigns and the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements for major hotels and resorts across the mainland U.S. and Hawaii
- Due Diligence representation of buyers and sellers of both union and non-union luxury resorts
- Preparation and presentation of training programs for major luxury hotel, restaurant and rental car companies
- Successful representation of clients before state and federal administrative agencies, including OSHA, the EEOC, the NLRB, and various agencies responsible for environmental matters
- Consultation with a major company on the creation of unique employment policies and procedures designed to insure the delivery of unparalleled service at a $500 million project that has become one of the world's most famous and successful resorts
- Successful defense of one of the largest restaurant companies in the U.S. in a complex and highly publicized sexual harassment litigation
Successful defense of a hotel in a two-week jury trial in which Plaintiff claimed repeated quid pro quo and hostile work environment harassment. The matter was tried to a hung jury on all counts against a $1,400,000 settlement demand. The retrial jury returned a unanimous defense verdict on three of the four claims and dead-locked on the final claim. Retrial is not expected.
Secured a dismissal and non-certification of a class action on behalf of a national restaurant chain where Plaintiffs alleged violations of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act relating to the restaurant's practice of printing receipts for credit card transactions.