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

Publication

Beyond Maine’s Ban-the-Box Statute: Practical Employer Considerations

In five (5) days, Maine’s Fair Chance Employment Act goes into effect.  We originally summarized the objective and impact of that legislation in an alert posted on August 11, 2021 .  Now is the...

Event

Legal Lunches: Workin' for the Weekend

Laura Rideout and John Cronan will participate in a panel discussion called "Workin' for the Weekend: Team Safety Including Wage & Hour, OSHA and Workers' Comp in a Post-COVID World" as a part of...

Event

Kenneth Rubinstein and Anthony Manhart to Present on Modifying AIA Contract Documents

AIA contract documents are the industry standard for managing contractual relationships in construction and design projects. Despite this widespread use, the contracts often contain holes and fail to protect the interests of particular clients...

Press Coverage

The Maine Monitor Sues York County for Jail Call Records

On August 2, The Maine Monitor filed a lawsuit against York County, challenging the County's denial of reporter access to public records that may detail times it has recorded confidential conversations between defendants being held at the...

Event

Dan Walker to Present on Maine Cannabis Law and Policy at Cumberland Bar Association

Preti Flaherty attorney and Cannabis Business Group chair Dan Walker will present on the topic "Maine Cannabis Law and Policy: Review of Current Status and Updates to Maine’s Two Cannabis Programs – Medical and...

Publication

Employees Who Refuse to Comply with a Mandatory Vaccination Policy are Generally Ineligible to Receive Unemployment Benefits

Following a nationwide spike in cases, hospitalizations, and deaths, an increasing number of Maine private businesses and colleges have joined the healthcare industry in requiring workers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19. Vaccine...

Publication

Legislative Alert: Special Session, Redistricting, and Cloture

The Legislature gathered for a Special Session last week, September 29 th , to vote on legislative redistricting. The final agreement passed successfully and with strong bipartisan support in both the House and the...

News

Law360 Names Matt Warner 2021 Cannabis MVP

Preti Flaherty attorney and Cannabis Business Group member Matt Warner was recently named one of Law360's 2021 MVPs in the field of Cannabis. Matt distinguished himself with his pioneering work challenging medical marijuana residency...

Press Coverage

In Reversal, Maine CDC Will Allow "Advocacy Journalists" into Next COVID-19 Briefing

Following an announcement by Gov. Janet Mills, representatives from the Maine People's Alliance and the Maine Policy Institute will be allowed to attend and participate in the weekly livestream COVID-19 briefings presented by the Maine Center for Disease...

News

Nineteen Preti Flaherty Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in 2021 Super Lawyers

Nineteen Preti Flaherty attorneys have been selected for recognition by Super Lawyers , including eleven Rising Stars. Super Lawyers rates outstanding lawyers throughout the United States in more than 70 practice areas. Only five...