Hospitality

Overview

The Hospitality Group has extensive experience in transactional work involving hotels, spas, tourism, restaurants, entertainment venues, car rental companies, timeshares, condominiums, and golf courses. That experience involves representation of private equity funds, real estate investment trusts (REITS), lenders, owners, developers, hotel management companies, and operators of spas and restaurants. We handle a variety of matters for these clients, including acquisitions, dispositions, and financings of hotel and resort real estate, joint venture agreements, management agreements, franchise agreements, public and private financing arrangements, mergers and acquisitions, and general securities matters.

In addition to a strong transactional base, the Hospitality Group has unique industry experience representing hotel, spa, and restaurant managers; developers; lenders; and owners in day-to-day operational matters. Such matters include service contracts, concession agreements, leases, in-room entertainment and technology systems, sales and catering agreements, service marks, employee relations matters, employee benefits issues, guests issues, premises liability, crisis management, and administrative licensing. Thirty percent of the Members of the Hospitality Group have in-house hotel company experience. Only this hands-on hotel company experience provides the practical industry knowledge-based insights that clients value from our team.

As part of its operational experience in the hospitality industry, the firm’s attorneys have significant experience in advising and representing clients in employee relations matters, with the goal of preventing problems. That practice includes helping clients establish policies and procedures and controls to create a harmonious relationship between hotel companies and their employees. When those relationships break down, the firm handles numerous Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and litigation matters stemming from the employment issues. The Hospitality Group also has taken part in numerous collective bargaining negotiations with the hotel and restaurant workers’ unions throughout the country and regularly counsels clients on union-related issues.

Eckert Seamans’ Hospitality Group also has a team of litigators with hotel and restaurant experience to advise and consult with clients to achieve practical business solutions to disputes among hotel owners, franchisors, and managers – and, when necessary, represent clients in general commercial litigation, defend clients in litigation involving guest claims and employment disputes at the administrative and judicial levels.

The growth of our hospitality practice has led to a very large international practice, including representation of U.S.-based owners and operators in transactions outside of the U.S. and non-U.S.-based owners and operators in transactions within and outside of the U.S.

News & Insights

Publications:

Top Tips for New Hotel Brands Entering the US Market

Luxury Surfaces Can Make for a Slippery Business

Hotels and Restaurants; Prime Real Estate for Slip and Fall Accidents

Anatomy of a Hotel Breach

Manager vs. Owner: Which One Must Respond to a Data Breach?

Legal FAQ: Hotel Data Breaches

Incidents Which Trigger a Legal Obligation to Notify Guests

Legal Updates:

Hospitality & Gaming Alert: States are Aggressively Investigating Hotels for Price Gouging During States of Emergency

Media Coverage:

Tara Lattomus discusses legal ramifications of turning away minors at hotels (Hotel Business)

Sandy Garfinkel discusses the protection of business travelers' personal data and breach response (Business Travelers News)

News:

Eckert Seamans welcomes Esosa Igiehon to Washington office and Hospitality Group

Eckert Seamans Attorneys and Practices Ranked by Chambers USA 2018

Eckert Seamans welcomes Kristine E. Marsilio to Harrisburg office and Business Division

Eckert Seamans welcomes Jamie Inferrera to Pittsburgh office and Hospitality Group

Eckert Seamans Attorneys and Practices Ranked by Chambers USA 2017

Eckert Seamans welcomes Susan A. Yocum to Harrisburg office

Eckert Seamans welcomes Shani R. Else to Washington office

Eckert Seamans announces new leadership roles

Chambers USA 2016 ranks Eckert Seamans lawyers and practices

Chambers USA 2015 ranks Eckert Seamans lawyers and practices

Christopher L. Bennett Joins Eckert Seamans in Washington, D.C.

Best Lawyers in America® 2015 Recognizes 43 Eckert Seamans Attorneys

Chambers USA 2014 ranks Eckert Seamans lawyers and practices

Chambers USA 2012 ranks Eckert Seamans lawyers and practices

Eckert Seamans earns top rankings in Chambers USA 2011