Hospitality & Leisure

From drive-thru to five star, and from local hotels to world-class resorts, Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP’s multidisciplinary Hospitality & Leisure group brings domestic and global experience, having represented clients in the hospitality, leisure and restaurant industries worldwide. We keep in mind our clients’ business goals and objectives, whether the client is an owner/operator, developer, manager, owner or investor in a hotel, leisure facility, restaurant, or a vendor servicing the industry.

We partner with global brands and owners to build, grow and protect their businesses. As a full-service firm, we team attorneys from a number of disciplines – corporate and securities, environmental, financial restructuring, general and commercial litigation, intellectual property and technology transactions, labor and employment, real estate and taxation – to address the business and litigation needs of our hospitality and leisure clients.

Our corporate attorneys provide business-focused transactional advice and team with our finance and lending attorneys to help ensure that transactions close quickly and efficiently. Our environmental and general and commercial litigation practices work together to help hospitality and leisure clients navigate a complex statutory framework and comply with environmental regulations, insurance disputes, and in litigious matters. We advise our clients in all aspects of intellectual property law, including counseling, litigation, licensing and prosecution matters that involve patents, trademarks, service marks, domain names, trade dress, trade secrets, copyrights, privacy and advertising claims. Hospitality and leisure employers face unprecedented exposure to workplace regulations and legal entanglements, and our labor and employment attorneys guide clients each step of the way to get the best possible outcome. Lastly, our real estate attorneys provide sound advice on acquisitions, development and financing, and also management agreements, operations and loan workouts, and our tax attorneys annually recover millions of dollars in tax savings and refunds for our clients.

Our attorneys have helped a wide range of hospitality and leisure clients, owners and suppliers achieve success, including Diamond Resorts International, Equity Group Investments, Gemini Bistro, Hyatt Corporation, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, Lou Malnati’s, Marriott International, Midtown Athletic Clubs, Montage Hotels & Resorts, Rewards Network, Inc., Reyes Holdings, Rustic House,SBE Entertainment, Shubert Hotel Associates LLC, Ticketmaster, Trinity Hotel Investors, Umami Restaurant Group and Viceroy Hotel Group.

Strategic Counsel for the Global Hospitality & Leisure Industry

We advise our clients on a wide range of hospitality and leisure projects, including:

  • Aircraft fractional interests and private aviation
  • Casinos
  • Event ticketing
  • Golf courses and country clubs
  • Health and fitness clubs
  • Hotels
  • Real estate investment trusts
  • Resorts
  • Restaurants
  • Shopping centers
  • Spas
  • Sweepstakes
  • Theme and amusement parks
  • Timeshares

Interdisciplinary Legal Services

Our attorneys provide full-service legal counsel, including:

Corporate & Securities

  • Acquisitions and dispositions
  • Commercial and equipment leasing
  • Financing, lending and IPOs
  • Franchising
  • Investment agreements
  • Joint venture and limited liability company formation
  • Liquor licensing
  • Operating agreements
  • Partnerships
  • Public equity and private equity
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Roll-ups

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation

  • Executive agreements and compensation issues


  • Environmental transactions
  • Litigation and enforcement
  • Regulatory compliance counseling

Finance & Lending

  • Representation in foreclosure and pre-bankruptcy cases
  • Structuring, negotiation and documentation of new and refinanced credit facilities
  • Workouts of distressed credits

General & Commercial Litigation

  • Antitrust and unfair trade practices
  • Class actions
  • Commercial disputes
  • Dispute resolution

Insurance Policyholder

  • Disputed insurance claims
  • Insurance policy procurement and renewals

Intellectual Property & Technology Transactions

  • Branding
  • Contests and sweepstakes
  • Data security
  • Licensing
  • Open source policy creation
  • Outsourcing
  • Patents
  • Privacy policies
  • Technology transactions
  • Trademarks

Labor & Employment

  • Employment law counseling
  • Discrimination claims
  • Due diligence
  • Harassment claims
  • Negotiation of union contracts
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Wage and hour

Real Estate

  • Development, acquisitions and dispositions
  • Joint venture
  • Land use and entitlements
  • Management and franchise agreements
  • Real estate leasing
  • REITs


  • Real estate tax
  • Sales, use and occupancy tax issues
  • Tax planning and organizational structuring


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