Corporate and M&A

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

Press Coverage

Portland law firm Preti Flaherty unveils renovated HQ space

Preti Flaherty has remodeled its Portland headquarters, spanning three floors and 41,000 square feet at One City Center. The update features hybrid workstations, collaborative areas, and an internal staircase that integrates flexible conference and...

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Looking to 'new generation,' Preti Flaherty promotes 42-year-old litigator to managing partner

Effective July 15, Michael S. Smith has been named managing partner of the law firm Preti Flaherty. Michael succeeds David Van Slyke, who will resume his role as chair of the firm’s environmental practice...

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Compliance for Two—What Employers Need to Know about the Newly Effective Final Regulation for the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

On June 18, 2024 the final rule from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) implementing the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) takes effect, clarifying employers' obligations under this landmark legislation. Effective since June 27...

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What Is the Affirmative Relief Announcement?

On June 18, 2024, President Biden announced  a series of immigration actions  using the authority granted to him by our existing immigration laws. These actions will help certain undocumented individuals in the United States...

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Matthew C. Worthen Joins Preti Flaherty’s Real Estate and Finance Practice Group

Preti Flaherty is pleased to welcome Matthew C. Worthen as a Director in the firm’s Real Estate and Finance Group. Worthen previously served as a Shareholder and Chair of the Real Estate Group at...

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10 Preti Attorneys, 6 Practice Groups Honored in National Rankings

Ten Preti Flaherty attorneys and six practice groups have been selected by Chambers USA for inclusion in their premiere annual list of America’s leading lawyers. Preti is recognized for excellence in the practice areas...

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Preti Flaherty Names Michael S. Smith as Managing Partner

Preti Flaherty announced this week the election of Michael S. Smith as the firm’s new Managing Partner, effective July 15, 2024. He succeeds David Van Slyke, who is resuming his role as chair of...

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Copyright Litigation: Substantial Similarity

In copyright litigation, courts assess substantial similarity to determine if alleged copying constitutes infringement. This evaluation involves comparing works across different categories using objective measures and subjective impressions to weigh similarities and dissimilarities. Even when...

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Supreme Court Clarifies Constitutionality of Outdoor Camping Bans

Earlier today the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in the  City of Grants Pass, Oregon v. Johnson et al. , overturning a 2019 decision from the 9 th  Circuit Court, which held...

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Preti Flaherty Welcomes Trusts and Estates Attorney Dianne Ricardo to the Firm

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that Dianne Ricardo has joined the firm’s Trusts & Estates Practice Group. Based out of the firm’s Concord, New Hampshire office, Dianne focuses her practice on comprehensive estate...