Business Law

Hospitality

The hospitality industry operates in a dynamic and highly competitive environment. Businesses within the hospitality and tourism sector face a broad range of legal issues, which is why they’re best served by a legal team with diverse capabilities. Preti Flaherty’s hospitality group brings an unparalleled level of knowledge and experience to the counsel we provide. Clients across the hospitality spectrum—hotels and resorts, restaurants and commercial food service, airlines, cruises and other transportation, spas and wellness centers, tourism destinations—turn to us on matters such as contracts, antitrust, torts, employment, real estate, construction, as well as ever-changing state and federal laws and regulations. With our attorneys as their legal partners, they have access to our full range of services, including:

  • Business formation
  • Resort liability
  • Litigation and alternative dispute resolution (ADR)
  • Startup funding and organizational matters
  • Family ownership planning and transfers
  • Commercial lending and banking transactions
  • Tax planning and negotiations
  • Commercial contracts and leases
  • Land development agreements and environmental and land use issues
  • Operational issues, marketing, and corporate sponsorships
  • Labor and employment agreements, policies, verification and compliance
  • Benefits, Affordable Care Act compliance and workers’ compensation
  • ADA compliance
  • Representation before the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
  • Immigration, including renewing or transferring company visas, such as H-1B visas
  • Food and beverage supply agreements and safety guidelines
  • Alcoholic beverage compliance and regulatory issues
  • Gaming law
  • Franchising, brand licensing transactions and Intellectual Property issues

High marks in hospitality law

Our success in hospitality law can be seen in the results we get, and the long-term relationships we’ve built with our clients. From the smallest single-owner hospitality businesses to the largest multistate resorts and franchises, we represent a diverse range of hospitality and tourism clients and support them in all aspects of the development, financing, operation, acquisition, disposition, franchising, protection of assets, and other legal services that advance their business interests. Our hospitality team understands the economic impact of the hospitality and tourism in our region, as well as the complexity of laws surrounding the industry. We tap into the full breadth of Preti Flaherty’s resources and practice groups to serve as a strategic partner dedicated to helping our clients navigate laws and achieve their business goals.

Firm Highlights

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The Latest from OSHA on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 at Work

On the tails of updated guidance from other agencies, the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration ("OSHA") released new pandemic-related guidance last month. This guidance was issued on June 10, 2021...

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Fifteen Preti Flaherty Attorneys Selected as Chambers USA Leaders in Their Field

Fifteen Preti Flaherty attorneys and five practice groups have been selected for inclusion in the 2021 Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business , the highly regarded directory of leading attorneys and...

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How to Avoid Misclassifying Your Employees Under the Maine Workers’ Compensation Act

What criteria are necessary to classify someone as an independent contractor and how can employers avoid misclassification and the repercussions that come with it? In this article, Preti Flaherty attorney and Mainebiz guest columnist John...

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Maine’s Exemption Laws Are Changing

In March of this year, Representative Denise Tepler (D. Topsham) introduced “An Act To Increase the Value of Property Exempt from Attachment and Execution,” LD 737, which sought to dramatically change Maine’s exemption scheme. ...

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Maine Justice Foundation Makes Inaugural Grants to Six Maine Groups Working for Racial Justice and Equity

The Maine Justice Foundation has made inaugural grants from its Racial Justice Fund to six Maine groups. The goal of the Fund is to support Black, Indigenous, and People of Color statewide to forge...

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Escalation Clause: An escape from the price-spike trap

Anyone in real estate development would have to be living under a rock not to know about skyrocketing lumber and material prices in the “post”-pandemic world. Pre-pandemic, the average cost for 1,000 board feet...

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Preti Flaherty Welcomes Attorneys Angelica Li and Hannah M. Oakes to the Firm

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce the arrival of two new attorneys to our Boston, Massachusetts, office: Angelica Li and Hannah M. Oakes. Angelica joins the firm as an Associate in our Environmental Practice...

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Benchmark Litigation Names Preti Flaherty 2021 “Maine Firm of the Year”

Benchmark Litigation has named Preti Flaherty as 2021 Litigation Firm of the Year in the State of Maine. The Benchmark Awards honor distinguished litigators and law firms in all 50 states and 10 practice...

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Legislative Alert: Maine Legislature Adjourns!

The First Special Session of the 130 th Legislature finally adjourned on Monday night, July 19 th . As many of you may remember, the First Regular Session ended in March 30th when the...

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Preti Flaherty Attorneys Sig Schutz and Alex Harriman Assist with Amicus Brief in Defense of Maine's Anti-SLAPP Law

Serving as counsel for The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP) and 14 other news media organizations, Preti Flaherty attorneys Sigmund Schutz and Alexandra Harriman filed with the Maine Supreme Judicial Court a...