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HospitalityLawyer.com converges legal, safety, and security solutions for the hotel, food and beverage, private club, meeting, event, and corporate travel industries.

We strive to break down barriers between disciplines, share ideas and expertise, and encourage mutual collaboration. The result? Working together, we develop more hotels and restaurants, transact better agreements, host more meetings and events, make travel safer and more secure for customers and employees, and solve disputes more efficiently and amicably.

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- Find lawyers, law firms and companies which focus on hotel, restaurant, and travel law, as well the duty of care owed by businesses to traveling employees in our extensive directories.

- Browse our Libraries for articles and white papers, access training and downloadable forms in Solutions to assist in mitigating liability, and check out our groundbreaking Conferences for intensive education, exceptional networking, and unequaled crisis management training.

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 Cliff Risman – Partner, Gardere Cliff Risman chairs the Gardere Hospitality Industry Team and serves on Gardere’s Board of Directors. He has a comprehensive business and real estate practice representing private, public and institutional developers, purchasers, equity investors, tenants, operators and lenders in the development, acquisition, financing, leasing, operation, branding and sale of all forms of commercial, industrial and residential real estate with particular emphasis on the hospitality industry. He is a trusted business advisor to domestic and foreign clients in the development, acquisition, financing and operation of hotel, resort and mixed-use properties globally, with significant experience throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the Caribbean; the structuring of domestic and foreign equity investments and the formation of equity investment entities such as partnerships, joint ventures and limited liability companies; the negotiation, documentation and restructure of senior, mezzanine and portfolio financings; the negotiation of management, franchise, affiliation, development, construction and design agreements; the structuring, development and marketing of various whole and fractional residential ownership products and related rental program arrangements; the structuring of management, license, use and access agreements for golf, spa and residential project components; all forms of hotel operational matters and disputes; major lease and other corporate facilities transactions; and real estate matters involving foreign investors, as well as offshore investments by domestic clients.


Our philosophy is simple; serve our clients in their time of need. We understand that when someone calls ACT they need help in dealing with an unexpected disaster.

We understand that managers have a lot to worry about, and many do not anticipate the significant after effects of a catastrophe, whether natural, man made, or security-related. But we do. Planning with ACT gets your staff and facilities fully prepared for those risk management factors you can’t foresee.

The ACT team consists of specialists in all aspects of disaster response, who are dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in the execution of their responsibilities. To aid them, all team members attend training seminars, study new and emerging technologies and are supplied with state of the art equipment. 


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