The Hospitality Industry In the Post-COVID Environment
October 5 at 12:00 pm EDT
DATE & TIME
Tuesday, October 5th
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
ABOUT KATHARINE BATISTA
Ms. Batista is a labor & employment attorney and chair of the Hospitality and Automotive Dealership practice groups. She provides businesses with risk mitigation strategies and effective representation in litigation. Specifically, Ms. Batista successfully defends businesses against employment claims, including discrimination, harassment and retaliation, wrongful termination, wage and hour violations and breach of contract. Ms. Batista also provides workforce counseling and compliance guidance to clients, drafts and revises agreements, policies and handbooks, and conducts trainings and internal investigations. Employers need to feel secure in how they manage their employees so they can focus on their business. Ms. Batista affords her clients that security.
ABOUT KELCIE LONGAKER
Ms. Longaker’s primary areas of concentration include general corporate advising, administrative hearings, and state and federal appellate litigation. She advises start-ups and small businesses during all stages of the business’s life-cycle. She regularly drafts organizational documents, reviews commercial leases, negotiates franchising agreements, and assists with the sale of corporate entities. Ms. Longaker represents many businesses that require liquor licenses, including restaurants, package goods stores, agricultural producers, and manufacturers. She represents clients before county agencies in their applications for new licenses, transfers of existing licenses, or defense of challenged licenses. She also handles land use and zoning matters, real property transactions, and homeowners’ association matters.
ABOUT STUART NEWMAN
Stuart B. Newman has been engaged in corporate and securities practice for over forty years, focusing on corporate law, private equity transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and capital formation through public offerings and private placements. Mr. Newman studies his clients’ businesses thoroughly and has made valuable contributions to a broad range of business topics such as joint ventures, product development, finance, investment banking, marketing, and personnel. He has served as a director on the boards of both publicly-traded and privately held companies, contributing his unique combination of business acumen and broad legal experience. For example, Mr. Newman was selected by the secured lenders of one of the largest commercial laundries in the New York metropolitan area to serve on the Company’s Board as its sole director to guide the Company successfully through a sale of its assets during a Chapter 11 Reorganization Proceeding.
ABOUT AVI SOMMER
Mr. Sommer has significant experience representing hotel developers and operators in all aspects of the hospitality industry. He has represented clients in the purchase and sale of hotel properties, as well as the negotiation and closing of construction and acquisition loans and mezzanine financing for existing hotels and the development of new hospitality properties, including environmentally contaminated land in the Brownfields program. He also represents shopping center owners, handling the purchase and financing of their commercial properties, as well as negotiating commercial retail, office, and restaurant leases. Finally, Mr. Sommer ’s practice also includes representing clients in the sports and higher education industries with regards to intellectual property licensing transactions and other commercial contracts as well as Title IX consultation with regards to sexual misconduct allegations.
ABOUT ERIC TUCKER
Mr. Tucker has significant experience representing hotel developers and operators in all aspects of the hospitality industry. He has represented clients in the purchase and sale of hotel properties, as well as the negotiation and closing of construction loans for the development of new hospitality properties. He also represents several large regional franchisees of a national fitness chain, handling both their commercial lease transactions and the purchase and sale of franchise locations. Mr. Tucker additionally represents shopping center owners, handling the purchase and financing of their commercial properties, as well as negotiating commercial leases for tenants of those shopping centers. Finally, Mr. Tucker’s practice also includes representing clients in mergers, acquisitions, venture capital investments, intellectual property licensing transactions and other commercial contracts.
ABOUT OFFIT KURMAN
Offit Kurman, one of the fastest-growing, full-service law firms in the United States, serves dynamic businesses, individuals and families. With 15 offices and nearly 250 lawyers who counsel clients across more than 30 areas of practice, Offit Kurman helps maximize and protect business value and personal wealth by providing innovative and entrepreneurial counsel that focuses on clients’ business objectives, interests and goals. The firm is distinguished by the quality, breadth and global reach of its legal services and a unique operational structure that encourages a culture of collaboration. For more information, visit www.offitkurman.com.
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