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Abby Onaghise



Abby focuses her legal practice on corporate transactional matters within the hospitality industries. Abby represents hotels, hotel management companies, and multinational retail companies with a variety of contractual matters, including the negotiation and drafting of hotel management agreements, franchise agreements, consulting services agreements, licensing and marketing agreements, loan and other finance related agreements.

Prior to joining Eckert Seamans, Abby served as securities counsel for an international real estate/infrastructure development firm, where she helped her client navigate complex securities regulatory frameworks, including providing guidance on Form D filings, negotiating and drafting financing documents for private fundraising, and engagement contracts. Abby’s experience also extends to serving on the Corporate Finance committee for the North American Securities Administrators Association, where she worked on driving policy initiatives of participating states, educating investors on annuity products, developing recommendations concerning small businesses, addressing issues relating to state franchise and business opportunity laws, monitoring peer-to-peer lending issues, and evaluating guidelines to ensure consistency with the Dodd-Frank and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.

Abby has clerked at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, and the Department of Justice.

Representative Matters

  • Represents multinational hospitality companies with globally recognized hotel brands on the drafting and negotiation of management agreements, residential agreements, and licensing agreements for hotels in Europe, Asia, South America, North America, and Africa.
  • Advises and represents major hotel brands on corporate and hotel operational matters that include, but are not limited to, the negotiating and drafting of various service agreements, group sales agreements, and filming agreements.
  • Represents third party hotel management companies with hotel operating agreements, financing related agreements, and liquor related agreements and matters.

Professional Affiliations

  • New York Bar Association

Awards and Recognition:

  • Winner of law school’s securities moot court competition
  • Kaufman national securities moot court, quarter-finalist, presiding Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito
  • International Business and Trade Law Certificate – Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland/Catholic University of America
  • Securities Law Certificate – Catholic University of America