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Hotels, Restaurants and Entertainment Venues are operating businesses that present an array of issues implicating a variety of legal disciplines, including land use, labor and employment, intellectual property, tax, and litigation and dispute resolution. We draw on our collective knowledge, experience and resources to help clients navigate these challenges. The cross-disciplinary approach allows us to structure, negotiate, document and close the largest and most complex transactions.


Berliner Cohen’s attorneys are able to draw from a wide range of experience to provide support in all aspects of the development, acquisition, disposition, financing, franchising, leasing and protection of intellectual property of hospitality assets. Our clients include some of the most active and sophisticated developers, owners, franchisors, franchisees, and operators of lodging and leisure properties in the world.

Berliner Cohen’s attorneys teach Hospitality Law and related courses for the Cal State system and are constantly speaking and authoring industry thought pieces related to the Hospitality Industry. 

Berliner Cohen engages in all aspects of the development of an entertainment venue, whether it be a hotel, a restaurant, a golf course, or other facility – from the acquisition of raw land through the execution of a completed, branded, operations. Whether we handle the entire life cycle or only a single transaction in the life of an asset, our attorneys understand the unique aspects of each property, be it a luxury hotel; an adjunct to a convention center or entertainment complex; a destination resort that bundles multiple brands and uses; a limited-service hotel; a mixed-use property combining hotel, retail, office and residential uses; a boutique hotel; or an urban development with zoning and land use issues and working with a myriad of government officials.