JMBM's Global Hospitality Chairman Jim Butler Will Speak About Hotel Investment at 2019 Institutional Real Estate Forum
JMBM's Global Hospitality Chairman Jim Butler Will Speak About Hotel Investment at 2019 Institutional Real Estate Forum

Hotel Law Blog · 10 May

Jim Butler, Chairman of JMBM's Global Hospitality Group(r), along with Jack Westergom of Manhattan Hospitality Advisors, will speak at the 4th Annual

The 2019 LIIC Top Ten — Hotel Real Estate: Mostly Sunny Days Clouded by Labor Issues
The 2019 LIIC Top Ten — Hotel Real Estate: Mostly Sunny Days Clouded by Labor Issues

JMBM · 9 May

Yesterday, we kicked off Meet the Money® 2019 – the National Hotel Finance & Investment Conference hosted by JMBM’s Global Hospitality Group® – with

Panic Buttons: What hotel owners need to know about unions and new ordinance in Long Beach, CA
Panic Buttons: What hotel owners need to know about unions and new ordinance in Long Beach, CA

Hotel Law Blog · 21 Feb

Voters in Long Beach, California passed an initiative in November 2018 that affects all hotels in Long Beach with more than 50 hotel rooms. The Hotel

Hotel Franchise Agreements: What happened to my Area of Protection?
Hotel Franchise Agreements: What happened to my Area of Protection? — By Robert E. Braun

JMBM · 29 Jan

Brand concentration has intensified greatly over recent years and many new brands have been created. At last count (and the count changes often), Marriott owns 30 brands, Accor has 33, Wyndham has 18, Hilton has 14, IHG has 13, Choice has 11 and Hyatt has 10. For a hospitality chain, a portfolio of brands used to represent a customer and regional segmentation strategy designed to target buyers across the economic spectrum and resonate with local preferences.

Tax Alert: Foreign Entity Ownership Compliance - Don't Ignore the Repatriation Tax
Tax Alert: Foreign Entity Ownership Compliance - Don't Ignore the Repatriation Tax

Hotel Law Blog · 23 Jan

The tax lawyers at JMBM have significant experience in advising clients with international business interests, and keep them informed of developments

Guest Privacy - It's Your Business | Robert Braun
Guest Privacy - It's Your Business | Robert Braun — By Robert E. Braun

JMBM · 8 Dec

On a basic level, the hospitality business is simple - as is often said, it amounts to putting heads in beds. But finding the heads to put in the beds is a complex process and requires hotel companies to find out a great deal of information about their guests. Gathering and processing that information provides not only opportunities, but creates obligations, one of the most basic of which is ensuring the security of guests' personal information.

Jim Butler Hosts Senior Chinese Government Officials

Hotel Law Blog · 7 Dec

Recently, a Chinese government delegation visited Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP. The delegation included some of the highest-ranking officials

Hotel Lawyer project development update: SLS Resort Residence & Marina Hallandale Beach
Hotel Lawyer project development update: SLS Resort Residence & Marina Hallandale Beach

Hotel Law Blog · 7 Dec

The Global Hospitality Group® of Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP is pleased to announce its client Ari Pearl’s development of the Diplomat Golf

Not a Good Day for Marriott
Not a Good Day for Marriott — By Robert E. Braun

JMBM · 2 Dec

Data breaches are back in the news, and this time, its a well-known hotel industry player: Marriott International. The company announced today that unauthorized access to their systems going back several years has exposed the names and other personal details of over 500 million guests. For hoteliers, this situation can be avoided by using the Global Hospitality Group Risk Assessment Audit, a comprehensive tool that combines your internal resources with our expertise in analyzing your risk profile, both for compliance purposes and to create effective data security strategies. Bob Braun, senior member of JMBMs Global Hospitality Group and Co-Chair of the Firms Cybersecurity & Privacy Group, sums up what Marriott is facing and what lessons other hotels can learn from this incident, below.

JMBM Announces Sale of Marriott Warner Center Woodland Hills
JMBM Announces Sale of Marriott Warner Center Woodland Hills

Hotel Law Blog · 26 Nov

The Global Hospitality Group® of Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP is pleased to announce the recent sale of the Marriott Warner Center Woodland H

U.S. News & World Report - Best Law Firms(r) Recognizes JMBM as 2019 "Best Law Firm"
U.S. News & World Report - Best Law Firms(r) Recognizes JMBM as 2019 "Best Law Firm"

Hotel Law Blog · 1 Nov

A hotel lawyer brings together numerous legal disciplines, depending on the hospitality project. That’s why the Global Hospitality Group® is part of

California Law Firm Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP Announces Formation of Legal Cannabis Group
California Law Firm Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP Announces Formation of Legal Cannabis Group

Hotel Law Blog · 1 Oct

Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP (JMBM) has announced the formation of its Legal Cannabis Group, which provides clients with all the resources an

JMBM Hotel Lawyer Guy Maisnik Speaks on Private Equity at the 2018 Lodging Conference
JMBM Hotel Lawyer Guy Maisnik Speaks on Private Equity at the 2018 Lodging Conference

Hotel Law Blog · 19 Sep

JMBM’s Global Hospitality Group® is pleased to announce that Guy Maisnik, Vice-Chair of the Group, will participate on the panel addressing Private E

Take 5 steps NOW to avoid trouble with California's new privacy act
Take 5 steps NOW to avoid trouble with California's new privacy act

Hotel Law Blog · 31 Aug

Despite a general effective date of January 1, 2020, there are 5 steps that anyone doing business in California should take now to avoid problems und

New “accessibility” regulations for electric vehicle charging stations
New “accessibility” regulations for electric vehicle charging stations — By Jim Butler, Martin H. Orlick

JMBM · 25 Jun

As the number of electric and hybrid vehicles in California continues to grow, we are also seeing the proliferation of electric vehicle charging stations in the parking areas provided by hotels, theaters, stadiums and hotel mixed-use properties. While owners and managers of these facilities are providing a much-needed service to their guests, many are unaware that - at least in California - if their facility provides electric vehicle charging stations, a certain number of them must be accessible to the disabled.

What do top hotel executives see on the horizon for 2018?
What do top hotel executives see on the horizon for 2018? — By Jim Butler

JMBM · 20 Jun

Meet the Money® is a productive conference with a casual atmosphere; the executives and other hotel industry representatives who attend often speak candidly about their expectations for hotel finance, development and investment throughout the upcoming year.

Proposition 65 Defense Lawyer: Is your hotel ready for the new Prop 65 regulation deadline?
Proposition 65 Defense Lawyer: Is your hotel ready for the new Prop 65 regulation deadline? — By Jim Butler, Jodi Smith

JMBM · 14 May

For many years, businesses operating in California have been plagued by "bounty hunter" and government lawsuits brought under Proposition 65 — the California law that requires warnings about hazardous substances. The technical disclosure requirements have bedeviled many legitimate businesses for some time. From our continuous interaction with members of the hotel industry, it appears to us that many are not aware of new requirements they must meet by August 30, 2018.

Proposition 65 Defense Lawyer: Is your hotel ready for the new Prop 65 regulation deadline?
Proposition 65 Defense Lawyer: Is your hotel ready for the new Prop 65 regulation deadline?

Hotel Law Blog · 7 May

For many years, businesses operating in California have been plagued by “bounty hunter” and government lawsuits brought under Proposition 65 — the Ca

Important News for Hospitality Executives: How the new Tax Act could affect your estate plan
Important News for Hospitality Executives: How the new Tax Act could affect your estate plan

JMBM · 30 Jan

If you are a hotel executive or other highly compensated individual in the hospitality industry, you need to be aware of how the new Tax Act (H.R. 1

California Labor & Employment Law Update: Key Changes in 2017 and What’s Slated For 2018
California Labor & Employment Law Update: Key Changes in 2017 and What’s Slated For 2018 — By Jim Butler

JMBM · 13 Dec

California has enacted a number of new regulations related to labor and employment that go into effect when 2018 begins. Hotels owners and developers with properties in California need to be aware of how these rules apply to their workforce so they can meet their legal obligations and remain in compliance with the law. A round-up of upcoming changes, written by the JMBM Labor & Employment group, is below.

ADA Compliance & Defense Lawyer Update: 99 ADA lawsuits dismissed as fraudulent and malicious
ADA Compliance & Defense Lawyer Update: 99 ADA lawsuits dismissed as fraudulent and malicious — By Martin H. Orlick

JMBM · 21 Nov

On October 26, 2017, a judge dismissed 99 ADA lawsuits, ordered an in forma pauperis plaintiff (a person without funds to pursue the cost of a lawsuit) to pay filing fees of $38,300 and authorized the defendants to file fee and sanction motions.

Homeland Security Warns Against Threats to US Infrastructure
Homeland Security Warns Against Threats to US Infrastructure — By Robert E. Braun

JMBM · 30 Oct

Hotels rely on third-party vendors to help run their properties efficiently, and often must give them access to sensitive guest data. This leaves hotels vulnerable to cyber attacks; they're only as secure as their vendors are, and may find themselves directly liable for a data breach. My partner Bob Braun, senior member of JMBM's Global Hospitality Group® and co-chair of JMBM's Cybersecurity and Privacy Group, discusses recent hotel cybersecurity breaches and how hotel owners can protect themselves.

It’s Budget Season. What are you doing about it?
It’s Budget Season. What are you doing about it? — By Robert E. Braun

JMBM · 16 Oct

It is budget season again — that time when operators and owners sit down to agree on the financial blueprint for the next year. My partner Bob Braun has worked on many hundreds of hotel management agreements and issues arising under them. Today, he shares some insights about the how to maximize the budget opportunity for constructive dialog between owners and operators.

How to avoid litigation on Resort Fees and other mandatory hotel charges
How to avoid litigation on Resort Fees and other mandatory hotel charges — By Jim Butler

JMBM · 13 Oct

In evaluating what you should do about the new furor over mandatory hotel charges, it would be helpful to have a clearer understanding of what the FTC seems to be saying on the issue. The chart below is our translation into "street English" of the FTC pronouncements discussed earlier. (See How Resort Fees became an explosive $2.7 billion issue which contains links to the original FTC press release of November 29, 2012 and the most recent FTC Economic Analysis of Hotel Resort Fees of January 2017.)

Hotel Lawyer: Tips on negotiating your annual hotel budget
Hotel Lawyer: Tips on negotiating your annual hotel budget

Hotel Law Blog · 9 Oct

It is budget season again — that time when operators and owners sit down to agree on the financial blueprint for the next year. My partner Bob Braun

Resort Fee Litigation Advisory Group: How Resort Fees became an explosive $2.7 billion issue
Resort Fee Litigation Advisory Group: How Resort Fees became an explosive $2.7 billion issue

Hotel Law Blog · 6 Oct

Resort Fees are a $2.7 billion issue — a juicy target for Federal and State governments as well as plaintiffs’ lawyers. It is very likely that the Re