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The restaurant, retail, and hospitality market is in the midst of cataclysmic change. Now more than ever, sector participants need effective, practical counsel to navigate the nuanced business transactions, regulatory obstacles, intellectual property issues, labor and employment matters, and potential legal disputes that arise during uncertain times.

We help clients overcome challenges and identify opportunities that apply to the unique needs of restaurateurs, restaurant companies, bakeries, packaged food companies, licensors, small and large retailers, shopping center owners/developers, hoteliers, and resorts. Our lawyers are experienced in every stage of the business life cycle, from formation to expansion to dissolution. Clients count on us to help achieve their business objectives while meeting legal and regulatory obligations.

Led by Amy Altshuler and Melanie Pate, the team includes lawyers at the forefront of commercial trends and industry developments. Our work has been recognized by Chambers USA, U.S. News – Best Lawyers®, Benchmark Litigation, Arizona Business, and Nevada Business Magazine, among others. We also speak frequently before industry groups as well as legal and regulatory associations.  

Our Services

Business transactions:

  • Entity structuring and formation
  • Financing and lending
  • Franchising
  • Joint ventures
  • Management agreements
  • Mergers, acquisitions, and dispositions
  • Parking and valet contracts
  • Promotional, licensing, and branding agreements
  • Security interest agreements, including subordination, non-disturbance, and attornment agreements; collateral agreements; and landlord lien waivers/subordination
  • Supply chain transportation, negotiation, and contracts

Labor and employment:

  • ADA compliance (including website and physical compliance)
  • Administrative enforcement matters
  • Discrimination, harassment, and retaliation issues
  • Employee policies, procedures, and handbooks
  • Employment agreements
  • Employment litigation
  • Health and safety issues related to COVID-19
  • Internal investigations
  • Noncompete agreements
  • Proactive performance management
  • Severance agreements
  • Wage and hour issues, including tip credits, tip pooling, and tip sharing

Intellectual property:

  • Brand and ad clearance protection
  • Intellectual property prosecution and portfolio management and strategies (U.S. and worldwide)
  • Licensing and other IP agreements and transactions
  • Patent prosecution and defense
  • Trademark and IP enforcement and takedowns

Government relations and regulatory compliance:

  • Advertising counseling
  • Environmental compliance
  • Gaming licensing and compliance
  • Government relations
  • Liquor licensing
  • Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and COVID-19-related programs and legislation
  • Tribal gaming

Litigation and disputes:

  • Alternative dispute resolution
  • Arbitration
  • Collections
  • Eviction and enforcement proceedings
  • General business litigation
  • Insurance
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Settlements
  • Trade secrets and unfair competition

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