Hospitality Law

Berliner Cohen’s hospitality practice has been structured to provide practical advice and counseling on a variety of issues facing businesses within the hospitality industry.  Our attorneys, including corporate, tax, employment and labor, and real estate attorneys, as well as specialists in commercial litigation and industry-related operational concerns, understand the challenges unique to hospitality-related businesses and their owners and operators, and place an emphasis on creative and preventative solutions to avoid expensive litigation.

The hospitality group’s focus includes:

  • Business formation
  • Business transactions
  • Commercial finance
  • Employment issues
  • Land use matters
  • Real estate
  • Regulatory issues

Our knowledge and extensive experience comes from an involvement in numerous hospitality matters, including acquisition and sales, development and construction, financing, and employment. Berliner Cohen’s real estate attorneys handle a variety of real estate, land use, environmental and construction issues for hospitality industry clients, from acquiring and developing hotels, zoning issues, leasing of restaurants and bars, construction contracts, and management and operating agreements.

Additionally, hospitality employers are continually faced with challenging employment and labor issues and ever-changing federal and state laws and regulations. Our employment attorneys offer preventative advice, counsel and training on a wide variety of topics, including harassment and discrimination, wrongful discharge, wage and hour issues, labor disputes, employee leaves, union avoidance, and employee handbooks and policy manuals.

For more information on the current state of Hospitality Law in California, please refer to our California Hospitality Resource page.

Representative Matters

  • Represented a REIT in the acquisition, public approval process and development of a mixed use project consisting of 1,200 residential units, 650,000 square feet of retail space and a 250-room hotel
  • Represented a real estate developer in the acquisition and development of a downtown redevelopment project consisting of office, retail and hotel elements
  • Represented Kim Small Properties in a project with the DoubleTree Hotel and Tech Center in Santa Clara, which was eventually sold and presently is owned by the Hyatt Corporation
  • Represented the San Jose Biltmore Hotel in refinancing
  • Represented area winery in negotiation with promoter to produce all concerts and shows at the winery
  • Represented area winery in negotiation of contracts to manage and operate the facility relating to food and beverage, concessions, social and corporate events, and sponsorships
  • Represented Suntrips in sale to Carnival Cruise Lines
  • Represented the Lodge at Bear Valley Ski Resort in acquisition and renovation

For more information, please contact Christine Long at

Hospitality Law



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