In a climate of increasingly complex workplace regulations that can have a profound effect on the hospitality industry's workplace, hospitality employers need strategies that result in productive and cost-effective business outcomes. From employee relations and discrimination claims to employee benefits, Fox Rothschild offers timely, creative and aggressive advice and solutions that resolve — or prevent — disputes and costly litigation.

Labor & Employment

  • wage and hour matters (e.g. tipping, meal break, and overtime compliance)
  • immigration and I-9 compliance
  • union/management relations, including contract negotiations, grievance handling, and arbitrations
  • implementing comprehensive pre-hire and new-hire procedures particular to hospitality employers
  • drug testing
  • employment litigation
  • violence in the workplace
  • restrictive covenants, including non-competes, no-solicitation provisions, post-employment covenants
  • implementing non-union programs
  • anti-discrimination and harassment programs
  • all aspects of labor and employment law

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A century of business representation has given Fox Rothschild a wealth of experience in corporate formation, management, growth, acquisitions, and transfers. Our attorneys focus on the particular requirements, challenges, and opportunities of our hospitality clients' businesses, striving to practice law that is both creative and preventative. We continue to expand our general counsel relationships with hospitality companies, while also increasing our activities to startups and clients in emerging industries.

Our Services

  • contracts review and drafting
  • general business representation and guidance
  • preparation of management and licensing agreements
  • securities and private financing
  • acquisitions and divestitures
  • negotiation, documentation, and completion of mergers and acquisitions
  • purchases, sales, and other transfers of business interests
  • reorganization and restructuring of enterprises
  • negotiation and preparation of commercial and business agreements

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Intellectual Property

Our full service Intellectual Property practice works to identify opportunities and eliminate threats to each client's IP portfolio. With more than 30 lawyers, many of whom are registered to practice before the United States Trademark Office, this team stands ready to protect and leverage your IP assets. Our attorneys work closely with our hospitality clients to protect emerging areas of “work product” including signature dishes and traditional IP build-out and protection, such as patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets.

Our Services

  • trademark, design, and utility patent portfolio development and enforcement
  • trade secrets
  • patent prosecution
  • offensive and defensive litigation of IP rights

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Real Estate

Fox Rothschild's real estate practice includes seasoned attorneys with deep experience in the hospitality industry. We combine skilled insight, personalized service, and contacts throughout the industry to help our clients achieve their objectives. Our clients are a diverse group of hoteliers, management companies, and lenders. We can leverage our breadth of industry experience to make your next project a success.

Our Services

  • acquisitions and sales
  • financing
  • zoning and land planning
  • management contracts
  • liquor licenses
  • tax assessment, appeals, and exemptions
  • dispute resolution
  • code compliance
  • environmental issues
  • contractors' and architects' contracts

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Immigration. It's a hot topic — and one that is constantly in the news. At Fox Rothschild, we have experience with virtually all types of immigration matters related to the hospitality industry. So no matter what your issue, we have the knowledge and experience to work toward the best possible solution.

Our Services

  • visa document preparation and compliance counseling
  • I-9 Forms, IRCA compliance, and employer sanctions
  • Social Security Mismatch issues
  • audits, training programs, and process development (I-9, IRCA, and LCA public access file compliance)
  • immigration-related litigation
  • employment discrimination policies
  • prevailing wage compliance issues
  • mergers and acquisitions

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With one of the largest gaming practices in the United States, Fox Rothschild represents clients throughout the country. Casinos, hotels, and related businesses — including gaming suppliers and equipment manufacturers, private equity funds, and other investors — benefit from our long history and reputation with industry regulators.

Our Services

  • casino and hotel operations
  • licensing – casino, liquor, gaming equipment suppliers, other suppliers, investors, junket representatives, institutional investors, exemptions
  • regulatory matters – equipment approvals, compliance plans, compliance investigations, disciplinary proceeding
  • real estate – acquisition, development approvals, financing
  • contracts
  • legislative affairs

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Franchising, Licensing & Distribution

This burgeoning practice has counseled hundreds of franchise, licensing, and distribution businesses at all stages of the game, across the United States and abroad. With a team that includes a multi-unit franchisee and a former general counsel for a leading international franchisor, clients benefit from a team which knows the law — and the business.

Our Services

  • prepare and review franchise disclosure documents and contracts
  • counsel on entity formation, financing, real estate, intellectual property, and employment issues
  • structure and negotiate distribution and supply agreements
  • manage state registration process and other regulatory filings
  • provide guidance to domestic and foreign franchises on international expansion
  • enforce franchise rights and obligations through courts or arbitration

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