At Jackson Walker, we understand the hospitality business because we’ve been in the trenches with industry leaders assisting hoteliers, restaurateurs, and others in the hospitality industry with their unique legal needs. We represent major brands as well as independent owners around the globe. Our attorneys have closed complex deals, resolved thorny disputes, and guided clients through regulatory changes. We know the importance of passion, resilience and service. Our consistent results speak for themselves, and our hospitality team brings a rare combination of business savvy, industry connections, and legal skills. When you work with us, you can trust that we know this industry inside and out.

Employment and Labor

  • Defend wage and hour class actions and government audits
  • Advise on union organizing drives, collective bargaining agreements, and labor disputes
  • Counsel on hiring, discipline, diversity, harassment and discrimination matters
  • Assist with immigration compliance, staffing agency agreements and independent contractor issues

Workplace Safety and Health

  • Represent hospitality employers facing OSHA investigations and citations
  • Advise on compliance with COVID-19 workplace health mandates
  • Assist in developing and implementing safety programs and protocols
  • Conduct training on preventing and responding to injuries, accidents and illnesses

Real Estate, Development and Transactions

  • Negotiate purchase, sale, management and franchise agreements
  • Structure mixed-use projects with hospitality, residential, retail and entertainment
  • Resolve zoning, permitting, construction and environmental issues
  • Advise on trademark, technology and intellectual property matters
  • Negotiate financing for the acquisition and development of hotel properties

Litigation and Risk Management

  • Defend against premises liability, dram shop, negligence and wrongful death claims
  • Assist with insurance coverage, subrogation and mediation of disputes
  • Counsel on customer and employee privacy, data security and compliance policies

Industry Knowledge

  • Deep experience with industry trends, challenges and regulations
  • Insights into issues facing major brands as well as independent owners
  • Understand operational structures, business models and growth strategies

With extensive hospitality experience, our attorneys partner with clients to address strategic priorities while minimizing legal risk. We deliver practical guidance to support growth, innovation and success.