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

Changing Control in the Time of COVID: Navigating ‘Change of Ownership’ Prior to PPP Loan Satisfaction.

The Hypothetical Everyone loves a hypothetical, right? So let’s begin with one about Billy Builder: Billy Builder holds 55% of the equity in a construction business he founded way back when the fax machine...

Event

Never Say Goodbye: Employee Performance Reviews, Terminations, and Alternatives

Laura Rideout and Dottie Chalmers Cutter, VP of Operations at Chalmers Insurance Group will present on employee performance reviews, terminations, and alternatives as a part of the Institute for Family Owned Business Legal Lunch...

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Maine Workers' Comp Alert: Appellate Division Affirms Decision Involving Gradual Injury That First Manifested at Home, Not at Work

In Thomas v. United Ambulance , United Ambulance appealed a Decision (Goodnough, ALJ) granting Thomas’s Petition for Award and granting in part his Petition for Payment. United Ambulance argued that the ALJ erred in...

News

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...

News

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...

Event

From Augusta: A Legislative Update for HR Professionals

On March 13, 2020, Maine Senate President Troy Jackson and Speaker of the House Sara Gideon issued a joint statement to the 129th Maine Legislature signifying their intention to suspend the remainder of the...

Press Coverage

Maine Newspapers Challenge Rule Concealing Electronic Court Records

A Maine court committee in December established a 90-day blackout period rule on public access to newly filed electronic court records, a move which has been challenged by Maine's newspapers as a violation of the First Amendment. Paper...

Event

From Concord: A Legislative Update for HR Professionals

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, all legislative activities in the state of New Hampshire, with a couple of exceptions, will be handled remotely. Several employment-related bills will be considered and voted on during this...

Press Coverage

Sabattus Family's Bat Woes Prompt Bill To Force Real Estate Pest Disclosure

Publication

Maine Workers' Comp Alert: Maine Supreme Court Issues Decision Regarding Statute of Limitations in Coordination of Benefits

Maine Supreme Court Issues Decision in Charest v. Hydraulic Hose Dealing with Unique Statute of Limitations Issue in the Context of the Coordination of Benefits On March 30, 2021, the Law Court issued a...