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Hospitality and Restaurants



Covering businesses from restaurants, bars, spas, golf courses and country clubs to travel agencies, hotels, resorts and convention centers, the hospitality industry is an intensely competitive landscape with unique and challenging legal issues that require a wealth of knowledge, experience and resources to successfully navigate.

Sandberg Phoenix lawyers have represented Hospitality Industry clients of all sizes across the Midwest and possess the skills needed to help our clients’ businesses thrive. We keep in mind our clients’ goals and objectives, whether the client is a developer, owner/operator, franchiser/franchisee or financial institution. From acquisition, development and financing, to management, operations and loan workouts, our attorneys assist our clients overcome the variety of challenges facing them in the market.

Clients come to us for advice and support on a broad range of issues, including:

  • Asset management
  • Contract drafting and review
  • Conference, convention and public assembly facilities
  • Financing and franchising
  • Hotel/motel general representation
  • Litigation and bankruptcy
  • Management and operation
  • Sales and purchases

The goals and objectives of our clients are our first priority and we customize our strategy and services to the unique needs of each individual client.

No matter the Hospitality Industry segment our client is involved with, our lawyers understand the factors impacting our clients, and many have previously served as employees of hospitality industry companies. This experience allows us a keen perspective on market standards and unique issues that arise for our clients.  We help define key business goals, assemble the right legal team and develop strategies to optimize the client’s objectives. Because we have represented lenders, investors, joint ventures, operating partners, franchisors and franchisees, we know the players and their expectations.  We consult with clients regularly on issues in the context of their business goals and opportunities.

Our attorneys also provide counsel on land development and use issues, creation of organizational documents, acquisition and disposition, mergers and acquisitions, management agreements and trademark protection, among a host of other issues relevant to the hospitality and leisure business.

Our strengths also allow us to assist in labor-management relations such as union prevention, collective bargaining for single- as well as multi-employer bargaining units and neutrality agreements, and we advise on union corporate campaigns and defense of unfair labor practice charges before the NLRB.

We defend administrative and litigation claims on workforce issues common to the Hospitality Industry including:

  • Staff turnover
  • Overtime pay disputes and workforce productivity
  • Employer qualified benefit and pension plans
  • Employment discrimination, sexual harassment and wrongful discharge claims

In addition to the services we offer businesses, we have vast experience in representing business owners in a wide array of individual services, such as estate planning and business succession planning.

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