Hospitality

Overview Attorneys

Hospitability companies often find themselves at the cross-section of multiple areas of litigation exposure. Our attorneys have a wide base of litigation experience that we bring to bear in hospitality defense. This has allowed us to forge a strong track record of representing and advising a growing array of hospitality enterprises, including hotels, restaurants, casinos, resorts, golf courses, retailers, and cruise lines. Our particular areas of experience in the hospitality field include:

  • ADA claims
  • all aspects of habitability, including mold, bed bugs, and Legionnaires disease
  • product defect claims
  • premises liability
  • employment practice liability (EPL)
  • regulatory compliance, including health code compliance and liquor liability
  • contract disputes
  • personal injury lawsuits, including catastrophic injury

In our litigation practice, we represent some of the nation’s largest businesses. But with disruptive companies continuing to grow at the margins, hospitality is a rapidly changing industry. In this context, our attorneys are also adept at using their experience, including as in-house counsel for major hospitality companies, to advise clients on liability avoidance, contract negotiations, and franchising.

Representative Matters for Hospitality

  • Achieved closely watched verdict at one-fifth of pre-trial demand in lawsuit for severe coffee spill injuries at a major Las Vegas casino
  • Obtained full dismissal via motion of lawsuit filed by hotel employee in San Diego alleging severe personal injuries from violent attack
  • Successfully settled three large, multi-plaintiff lawsuits against major Las Vegas casinos alleging Legionella outbreaks and confirmed Legionnaires disease
  • Obtained dismissal with prejudice of hot plate injury case in Seattle against major restaurant chain
  • Successful challenges to motions for class certification, including attempts by bedbug claimants to certify claims against two international hotel chains
  • Attained prompt resolutions of over 30 separate ADA claims against hotels throughout the United States over the last two years
  • Risk management experience—both via litigation and prior positions as in-house counsel—in nuisance abatement; safety and security, including partnering with law enforcement and implementing security plans; franchise contractual issues; and housing discrimination

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