We’re back . . . With the incredibly busy and challenging past four weeks behind us, it gives me great pleasure to announce that Diana Shukis, Ryan McFarland, Michael Brunet, Ruth Walters and I have joined the team of attorneys at the law firm of Garvey Schubert Barer. Effective November 1, 2011, our hospitality team joined Garvey Schubert Barer to launch Garvey Schubert Barer’s new Hospitality, Travel and Tourism practice.
As part of the 100+ attorneys that comprise Garvey Schubert Barer’s five offices (Seattle, Portland, New York, Washington D.C. and Beijing), our team can now provide our hospitality clients local knowledge and contacts well beyond Washington as well as new and/or deeper skills and expertise in such substantive areas as labor and employment, immigration, employee benefits, debt and equity financing, tribal law, regulatory, intellectual property protection and licensing, tax and international and cross border transactions (with a special focus on Canada and the Pacific Rim). Beyond its own five offices, Garvey Schubert Barer also enjoys affiliations with a select group of similarly-sized independent law firms across the United States and abroad, which only serves to further expand our ability to provide resources to our hospitality clients wherever they may be.
We are all incredibly excited by this recent change and look forward to sharing more information about Garvey Schubert Barer and introducing you to our new hospitality colleagues in the months ahead. Upcoming posts will include an overview on King County menu labeling requirements, an update on recent ADA changes, tip pooling (from our colleagues in our Portland office who actually tried and won the Woody Woo case) and group sales.
Finally, a word of thanks to our many clients, colleagues and friends who supported and encouraged us through our recent transition. Thank you
Greg Duff, Editor
Greg Duff founded and chairs GSB’s national Hospitality, Travel & Tourism group. His practice largely focuses on operations-oriented matters faced by hospitality industry members, including sales and marketing, distribution and e-commerce, procurement and technology. Greg also serves as counsel and legal advisor to many of the hospitality industry’s associations and trade groups, including AH&LA, HFTP and HSMAI.