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WEEKLY SPOTLIGHT

Attorney of the Week
Cliff Risman

Cliff Risman is a veteran real estate lawyer who represents companies that develop, own, operate and finance hotels and resorts around the world. As co-chair of Foley & Lardner’s Hospitality & Leisure Industry Team and a member of the Real Estate Practice, Cliff is described by clients in the Chambers USA Guide as “very practical and always accessible.” Clients choose Cliff over competitors because he speaks the language and fully understands every aspect of their business – from securing capital, structuring deals and negotiating management contracts, to guiding clients through labor, tax, food and beverage, and operational matters and disputes. Cliff represents luxury and boutique hotel and resort brands, operators and management companies, developers, private equity and other investors in their highest profile projects. He understands how to best tackle the various agreements that arise in real estate law, he knows the hospitality industry and its unique business and economic issues, and he has guided clients through many complex matters and dispute resolutions. Cliff ensures that clients are protected, focuses intently on their broader business goals, and knows how, where and when to push to get the deal done as quickly as possible.

Law Firm of the Week
Garvey Schubert Barer

Garvey Schubert Barer’s Client Service Philosophy. As a firm, we aspire every day to provide exceptional client service as defined and judged by our clients.  To accomplish that aim, we believe the whole is greater than simply the sum of its parts.  We know that the experience, knowledge, and counsel available from the collective group of professionals magnifies each individual’s ability to help clients succeed.  Our approach to client service and collaboration encompasses. Identifying and understanding the client’s needs, objectives and any constraints in seeking our assistance. We systematically seek those in the firm with direct or related experience and industry knowledge as we determine how best to staff specific matters. First and foremost, we deliver on our clients’ expectation of excellent legal work, promptly and efficiently.  As needed, this may involve non-traditional resources such as use of the firm librarian, non-lawyer professionals, and/or resources outside the firm such as vetted third-party

Company of the Week

Global Guardian

Global Guardian is a provider of world-class security solutions, custom-tailored to the individual needs of its global client base. The company offers an integrated suite of best-in-class security services that help clients identify and mitigate the risks of traveling and doing business both overseas and domestically. Global Guardian offers a full range of security services both domestically and overseas. These services include personnel tracking, emergency response, security, and transportation support, intelligence and due diligence medical support and transportation, emergency and custom aviation, cybersecurity, and video surveillance monitoring. Global Guardian seamlessly integrates as many of these capabilities as needed and delivers them 24 hours a day under the close guidance of its Operations Center. The company has a global footprint, with an extensive and continuously growing presence overseas. This ensures that Global Guardian can provide its clients with timely, high-quality security and emergency response services when needed. Global Guardian’s management team is comprised of former military Special Operations and federal law enforcement personnel, all of whom have extensive experience in international security operations. Headquartered near Washington, D.C., Global Guardian maintains a state-of-the-art 24-hour Operations Center staffed by highly trained security dispatchers and intelligence analysts who support Global Guardian clients around the world.

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Our CONVERGE BLOG focuses on legal, safety, and security challenges for Hospitality, Travel, Travel Vendors and Corporate Travel Buyers as individuals and businesses.
Our blog features exclusive content from our contributors, who collectively represent the full spectrum of hospitality law, risk management and comprehensive duty of care solutions.

Avoiding a Foodborne Fiasco

Introduction The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 48 million people or 1 in 6 Americans experience a foodborne illness every year as a result of consuming contaminated food or drink and roughly 128,000 people in the US are hospitalized due to foodborne illness. There are many different pathogens or disease causing microbes ...
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Preventing Cybercrime

HOW TO RESPOND TO COMPUTER POP-UPS. In addition to being annoying, computer pop-ups or notifications are often the first step a cyber-criminal uses to victimize unsuspecting users. Be cautious of any notification or pop-up messages. Examples include emails that say you have to download something in order to see a greeting card or a message ...
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Hospitality Case Review: The Top 100+ Hospitality Cases That Impacted Us in 2018

Written by Karen Morris, J.D., LL.M. and Diana S. Barber, J.D., CHE, CWP ADA/Standing1. Brito v. Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, LLC, 2018 WL 317464 (D. Colo., 01/08/2018). Plaintiff is a paraplegic and requires the use of a wheelchair to ambulate. While at defendant hotel he encountered multiple violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ...
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If The Shoe Fits: How Footwear Policy May Lead To Wage And Hour Violations

Hotel and restaurant employers commonly require employees to wear uniforms, some as simple as a shirt with company logo, others requiring a more complete look: jacket or blouse and pants or skirt, or dress. Some employers, however, fail to consider the consequences of imposing the cost of the uniform on an employee. Under the federal ...
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