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Businesses in the hospitality industry, including restaurants, hotels, casinos, caterers, food and beverage distributors, breweries and wineries, face countless challenges to being successful, in part due to the landscape of ever-changing laws and regulations. Tannenbaum Helpern attorneys understand the business and legal issues unique to the hospitality industry. Based on their knowledge and experience, Tannenbaum Helpern attorneys successfully and efficiently guide hospitality establishments in navigating the legal terrain and mitigating legal risks.


Labor laws are constantly evolving, making it difficult for companies to stay compliant. Wage and hour disputes are one of the most common and financially devastating risks facing the hospitality industry today. State and federal wage regulations add layers of complications. Employers with hourly and tipped workers need to be particularly vigilant in their recordkeeping and claiming of tip credits, especially if there are tip sharing or pooling arrangements in place or workers perform both tipped and non-tipped work.

Tannenbaum Helpern attorneys regularly counsel clients on the array of employment and labor laws and regulations and provide daily counsel on issues such as pre-employment inquiries, wage and hour planning, overtime, lawful interview questions, disability accommodation, drug testing, background checks, harassment, discrimination, workplace investigations, human resource policies and procedures, and social media. Our attorneys are adept at negotiating and drafting employment agreements, restrictive covenants, incentive plans and severance arrangements. Tannenbaum Helpern attorneys handle and address all forms of employment dispute resolution and regularly advise companies on audits by governmental agencies.


Tannenbaum Helpern represents hospitality companies in mergers, acquisitions and sales of businesses, joint ventures, license agreements, equity offerings, private placements, reorganizations (bankruptcy and debt restructuring), credit transactions, business formations, operating agreements, contract negotiations and a wide range of other corporate matters.


Tannenbaum Helpern attorneys advise food purveyors, restaurants, beer distributors, brewers and wineries on their distribution networks, distribution and supply agreements, arrangements with Internet vendors, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and other matters. Tannenbaum Helpern represents companies at all levels of the distribution chain—from manufacturing and importing, through distributors and dealerships to retailers and other direct marketers. We are familiar with the laws and regulations affecting alcoholic beverages and their impact on distribution relationships and investments in the industry.

Intellectual Property:

Tannenbaum Helpern's Intellectual Property practice covers patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. With decades of experience advising domestic and global clients on intellectual property matters, our attorneys are skilled in protecting, evaluating and helping clients maximize their intellectual property portfolios as well as successfully resolving and litigating domestic and global infringement disputes. Tannenbaum Helpern attorneys are well-versed in protecting names, logos, distinctive décor, menus, artwork, and trade secrets such as key recipes.

Litigation & Dispute Resolution:

Tannenbaum Helpern handles all forms of commercial disputes, including employment (such as wage and hour, discrimination, harassment and restrictive covenant disputes), intellectual property and franchise matters. Tannenbaum Helpern’s skilled litigators work closely with clients to design an approach that puts their business first in pursuing their litigation goals.

Real Estate, Construction and Environmental:

Tannenbaum Helpern advises on a broad spectrum of real estate, construction and environmental issues. We represent developers, hotels, restaurants, shopping centers, distributors and others on office, warehouse and retail leases, buying and selling real property, joint ventures, financing, construction and design contracts, contaminated properties and environmental regulatory matters.


Franchising is highly complex and regulated. Tannenbaum Helpern attorneys have extensive experience in developing plans for franchise programs, drafting franchise and disclosure documents, pre-sale registration, negotiations with franchisors and prospective franchisees and working within the regulatory framework affecting franchising activities. Additionally, our attorneys help resolve disputes between franchisors and franchisees.

Representative Services:

  • Employment law matters, such as pre-employment inquiries, complaint procedures, defense of employment and EEO claims and policy implementation
  • Litigation, including wage and hour class and collective action defense
  • Negotiating, drafting and enforcing distribution, franchise and license agreements
  • Negotiating, drafting and enforcing non-competition agreements, confidentiality agreements and other restrictive covenants
  • Real estate and leasing matters, construction contracts and environmental issues
  • Mergers, acquisitions and investments relating to hospitality assets
  • Business formations, joint ventures, operating agreements, stockholder and partnership agreements
  • Internet operations, domain name and trademark issues and website terms and conditions
  • Protection of distinct artwork, software and recipes

Our clients include:

  • Beer, wine and spirits distributors
  • Food distributors and purveyors
  • Restaurants (fine dining to quick-service)
  • Hotels and resorts
  • Private equity funds invested in the hospitality industry
  • Casinos and gaming establishments
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