Hotels & Hospitality

Steptoe’s Global Hospitality Industry Group has decades of experience handling a wide variety of hotel industry matters in the United States and internationally.  Hospitality industry leaders throughout the world choose us to represent them in their most important matters.

We understand the business of owning, managing, franchising and financing hotels and resorts.  We know the challenges litigation presents to hospitality-related businesses.  That’s why, even in the midst of a dispute, we keep in mind the practical needs of our client’s business.  Whether in negotiation, mediation, litigation, or arbitration, we bring unique experience, creativity and technological savvy to solve the complex issues that clients face.  Our role as innovative problem solvers allows clients to concentrate on the needs of their businesses in this fast-paced, constantly evolving industry.

Our advocacy has led to major victories in state and federal courts and before domestic arbitration panels and international arbitration tribunals.  We have established some of the most important legal precedents affecting the hospitality industry.  The results we have obtained have changed the way the industry does business.

We are not only advocates.  We also have substantial experience as chairs or members of American Arbitration Association (AAA) panels and International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) tribunals.

Contract rights, fiduciary duties, joint venture disputes, accounting irregularities, convention center matters, intellectual property rights, branding rights, antitrust disputes, labor and employment matters, loan workouts, financial restructuring, tax, encroachment, ownership of hotel records and data privacy, consumer protection and class action claims are just some of the issues that we confront on a daily basis.  Our internationally recognized litigation practice, which is ranked in The American Lawyer’s “Global Litigation Top 50,” has one goal – successfully guiding clients through high stakes litigation and arbitration.

We recognize that the best way to prevent disputes is to negotiate contracts that advance a client’s business strategy at the outset.  For that reason, owners, managers, asset managers, lenders, franchisors, franchisees and other industry leaders routinely rely on Steptoe’s Global Hospitality Industry Group to negotiate and consult on a broad range of transactional documents.  Steptoe lawyers are involved at the contract formation stage in projects involving major hospitality players and properties around the world, both in the private and public sectors.

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Selected Publications

  • “Hotel Subordination, Non-Disturbance and Attornment Agreements: The ‘Boilerplate’ of the Boom Years Becomes Significant in the Great Recession,” 
    February 2010, Pratt’s Journal of Bankruptcy Law
  • “The Use of Public Money to Fund Convention Center Headquarters Hotel Development: The Most Recent Controversy Unfolds in Dallas,”
    October 2009, Real Estate Finance
  • “The Terminability of Hotel Management Agreements in Workouts, Foreclosures and Bankruptcies: Lessons from the 1990s For Today’s Distressed Hotels,”
    March 2009, Finance Channel of
  • “The Employee Free Choice Act: What Hotel Owners and Managers Need to Know About Legislation That Could Alter Labor Relations in the Hotel Industry,”
    Spring 2008, Employee Relations Law Journal, Vol. 34, No. 3
  • “Hotel Investments Issues & Perspectives,”
    2003, Major Legal Issues in the Hotel Industry Today, Educational Institute of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, Third Edition
  • “Manual For State Trial Courts Regarding Electronic Discovery Cost-Allocation,”
    Spring 2009, Joint E-Discovery Subcommittee of The Association of the Bar of the City of New York