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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Portland-Based Education Nonprofit Sued For Study Abroad Refunds

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Maine Workers' Comp Alert: Update on Appellate Division Findings on Notice of Injury Requirements

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Legislative Alert: Economic Recovery Grant Program Update

On Thursday, August 20, 2020, Governor Janet Mills announced the launch of the newly established Maine Economic Recovery Grant Program – a state-based approach to help support struggling Maine businesses and nonprofit organizations that...

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Preti Flaherty Joins Maine Justice Foundation for Racial Justice Fund

As part of our ongoing efforts to promote racial justice, Preti Flaherty has joined with the Maine Justice Foundation and other local businesses and philanthropists to create the Racial Justice Fund . Each of the 22 founders...

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N.H. Virtual Employment Law Summit Series: Managing a Safe Return to Work

For over 25 years, Preti Flaherty's Employment Law Group has been keeping clients, business partners and friends up to date on recent employment law developments through our annual Employment Law Summits. Earlier this summer...

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Washington Cannabis Company Says Oklahoma Residency Rules Unconstitutional

Oklahoma has become the latest battleground in the growing challenge to state residency requirements for cannabis business licenses. As has happened in Maine and other states, a nonresident business has initiated a suit against...

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It's Time to Fight Back Against Illegal State and Local Cannabis Laws

Matt Warner, of Preti Flaherty's Cannabis Business Practice Group, has authored an article for Cannabis Business Executive  on the constitutionality of state residency requirements for obtaining a license to operate a cannabis-related business, how such...

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Federal Indictments Follow Long-Running Antitrust Class Action in Ready-Mix Concrete Industry

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that a federal grand jury in Savannah, Georgia, indicted a ready-mix concrete company and four individuals for fixing prices, rigging bids, and allocating customers and markets in...

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Maine Virtual Employment Law Summit Series: Options for Dealing with Your Employees' COVID-19 Challenges

For the past 26 years, Preti Flaherty's Employment Law Group has been keeping clients, business partners and friends up to date on recent employment law developments through our annual Employment Law Summits. Earlier this...

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N.H. Virtual Employment Law Summit Series: Options for Dealing with Your Employees' COVID-19 Challenges

For over 25 years, Preti Flaherty's Employment Law Group has been keeping clients, business partners and friends up to date on recent employment law developments through our annual Employment Law Summits. Earlier this summer...