While I was growing up, I saw first-hand the impact that even a questionable lawsuit can have on someone – worry, money and time. It would have been difficult to say which of these was the worst. As an attorney, I’ve tried to reduce all of these concerns for our clients when solving any legal challenge.
Originally, I worked in the hotel industry at properties in Boston and Cleveland. I later pursued a law degree, clerked for a prominent federal judge and started at a large international law firm. When we founded our law firm over twenty years ago, it gave me a chance to refocus on hospitality and I’ve done so ever since. Along the way, I’ve been privileged to represent hotels and restaurants in both trial and appellate courts in 31 states as well as before numerous agencies, arbitrators and mediators. I’ve also been honored to represent executives and managers in our industry when they’ve unexpectedly had to confront more individualized problems.
Regardless of whom we’re representing, I’ve never forgotten the toll that litigation can take on a business or person. As a result, I work to provide early, practical assessments of the pros and cons of each case and its potential economic and emotional consequences. Once this occurs, we can implement the best strategy to win at trial (or sooner) or resolve the dispute in other ways. With class and collective actions involving hundreds of people, this is particularly important. The same is true for counseling and advice. I try to use my experience in the industry and with its unique labor and employment issues to identify the best and most practical solutions as quickly as possible. In fact, this kind of problem solving is one of the things that I find to be the most rewarding about practicing law.
Of course, this requires keeping up with an ever changing array of government regulations and the sometimes unintended consequences they can pose for hotels and restaurants. While we try to anticipate these changes and communicate them to our clients as rapidly as possible, they also have given me the opportunity to speak about them at seminars for other attorneys and at training sessions for managers as well as write about them in articles for the industry.