The HLC Series 2.0 – Houston 

Intensive Education. Exceptional Networking. It’s Not Just for Lawyers.

The Hospitality Law Conference: Series 2.0 – Houston

From development deals to management agreements, from food and beverage liability to labor and employment, and from claims management to anti-trust issues, the latest cases, trends and challenges in compliance, data protection, finance, law, risk, safety, and security are up for exploration at the 16th Annual Hospitality Law Conference, April 12 – 13 in Houston, Texas.

The Hospitality Insurance and Loss Prevention Summit, co-located with The Hospitality Law Conference: Series 2.0 – Houston, includes sessions on risk management, the top claims in 2017, and coverages for cyber & data breaches.

Hotel and Restaurant Corporate Counsel have several opportunities to meet with their peers in facilitated conversations to explore common challenges, solutions and law department management.

Also featured during The Hospitality Law Conference: Series 2.0 – Houston, are break-out sessions and roundtables in Food & Beverage, Lodging, and Human Resources & Labor Relations.

Hosted by Greg Duff with Garvey Schubert Barer.
Hosted by Elizabeth DeConti with GrayRobinson.
Hosted by Angelo Amador with National Restaurant Association.
Hosted by Angelo Amador with National Restaurant Association.
Hosted by Lori Shay formerly with Starwood Hotels & Resorts/Marriott International, Inc.
Hosted by Jay Lerdal with National Restaurant Association.
Hosted by Andria Ryan with Fisher Phillips.
Hosted by Lori Shay formerly with Starwood/Marriott International, Inc.
Hosted by Jay Lerdal with National Restaurant Association.
Hosted by Andria Ryan with Fisher Phillips.
Mr. Loo has over 15 years of experience of military and private sector security experience, in tactical as well as strategic functions. Mr. Loo provides Enterprise Security Risk Management for the design, direction, development and procurement of security systems and countermeasures. His experience also includes physical security evaluations and surveys within the Restaurant, Lodging and...
John is a Deloitte Risk and Financial Advisory senior manager leading global operations for LRA, a Deloitte business in Deloitte & Touche LLP. John is a pioneer in the discipline of design and development of Customer Experience Measurement programs. He has worked with most major hotel groups, helping them drive value in their quality assurance programs...
Matthew Feinberg has over 9 years of experience as an accomplished litigator with success in a wide range of practice areas, including labor and employment, corporate, commercial transactions, hospitality, and appeals. He has earned numerous favorable verdicts and settlements for clients and, just as importantly, has successfully helped clients avoid litigation through counseling, consultation, and...
Paul’s practice focuses on labor and employment matters as well as commercial litigation.  Paul has represented clients in employment disputes involving a variety of claims, including age, sex, race, national origin, disability, the Family Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, retaliation, misappropriation, gross negligence, breach of contract, defamation, tortious interference, covenants not to...
Niva M. Harney-Hiller is a partner in the Hamilton, Miller & Birthisel Miami, Florida office. Ms. Harney-Hiller dedicates her practice to defending premises liability and commercial liability claims. Specifically, her focus is on personal injury, wrongful death, negligent security, property damage, construction defect, product liability, medical and professional malpractice and commercial litigation. Ms. Harney-Hiller’s clients...
Jeffrey L. Schulman is a partner in Pasich LLP’s New York office.  Jeffrey represents commercial and individual policyholders in complex insurance coverage matters including insurance broker liability; construction defect; product liability; director and officer; multimedia; environmental; and first-party claims. He also handles a wide variety of substantial business/commercial litigation and contract disputes. His clients include...
Jason Cetel is a senior associate in GrayRobinson’s Nationwide Alcohol Beverage Practice and Medical Marijuana Practice Groups. He is an administrative and regulatory compliance attorney who focuses his practice on helping companies in heavily-regulated consumer goods industries (including alcohol and marijuana) navigate through and comply with the complex variety of federal, state, and local rules...
Hannah is an associate attorney with GrayRobinson’s Nationwide Alcohol Beverage Industry Team. Hannah’s practice concentrates on advising businesses and entrepreneurs in heavily-regulated industries with regard to compliance with federal, state, and local statutes and regulations that govern the manufacturing, distribution, marketing, sale, and consumption of alcohol beverages and other regulated products.  She has worked with...
Ehsan Tabesh is an associate in the Fisher Phillips Houston office. He represents employers before state and federal courts and administrative agencies on a variety of labor and employment matters, including claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, leave law violations, breach of non-compete agreements, collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act [FLSA], theft of trade...
Steve Roppolo is managing partner in the Fisher Phillips Houston office. He has extensive jury trial and arbitration experience litigating all types of employment claims in federal and state courts on behalf of employers. He has defended companies of various sizes in cases involving allegations of sexual harassment, discrimination, defamation, breach of employment contract, and...
Alan Orlob is the Vice President of Global Safety and Security for Marriott International. In his role, he oversees safety and security operations and directs the crisis management program. Prior to working for Marriott, Alan was the corporate security director for Al Ghanim International, managing a close protection detail. He served with U.S. Army Special...
Trevor Stuart-Hill is the president of Revenue Matters. He sets the cultural course, provides the strategic direction and oversees the performance for each of Revenue Matters’ operating groups. He co-authored the first college-level textbook on the subject of revenue management that is currently being used for teaching this discipline around the world. He was a...
Robert Lang, a Managing Director with Alvarez & Marsal Disputes and Investigations, brings more than 20 years of experience analyzing complex commercial disputes and measuring the financial impact of external events, operational changes, and other market factors. He has served as an expert and testified in high profile cases involving hundreds of millions of dollars...
Melissa Kreidie joined iJET on September 19th in the role of Major Account Executive, Travel Industry with the Powered by iJET group. Melissa comes to us with 20 years of travel industry experience and 13+ years of intelligence and assistance experience. In both her experience in the travel and the intelligence/assistance industries, she brings her...
Rob Schnitz is Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel overseeing legal support for global operations of Hyatt Hotels and Resorts including: vendor contracts, human resources and labor relations, marketing, intellectual property, IT, consumer affairs, internal investigations and government affairs. Rob formerly was a partner at Fisher & Phillips LLP in Irvine, California where he...
Justin R. Bragiel is General Counsel for the Texas Hotel & Lodging Association. Justin handles a diverse array of legal and legislative issues, including local and state hotel occupancy tax, hospitality law, regulatory issues, contract law, employment issues, and more. Justin joined the Texas Hotel & Lodging Association in February 2008. A member of the...
Manuel Bremont is a Senior Director with A&M’s Hospitality & Leisure Group and brings more than 16 years of hospitality and real estate industry experience in the US, Latin American and the Caribbean. Mr. Bremont’s domestic and international experience in hospitality products includes hotels, mixed-use resort developments, hotel condominiums, conference centers, timeshares, fractionals and destination...
Lindsay A. DiSalvo is an Associate in the Washington, DC office of Conn Maciel Carey LLP. Ms. DiSalvo represents and advises employers in all aspects of the employer-employee relationship including wage and hour disputes, claims of employment discrimination, and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Ms. DiSalvo also reviews and revises employee handbooks and...
John H. Thomas is an Associate Professor and Department Chair at the Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of Miami School of Law. He is a member of The Florida Bar and multiple federal jurisdictions, including the...
Mr. Peters with over 35 years of engineering and operations experience supporting the hospitality industry, is the executive responsible for the Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) Division at Rimkus Consulting Group, Inc. a forensic engineering company. He has been responsible for facility management, emergency operations, emergency preparedness and emergency response training for one of the...
Jeff Holdaway is Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel for Marriott International, Inc., a global hospitality company that owns, manages, and franchises more than 6500 properties worldwide. Jeff has been with Marriott for 29 years and has worked in several diverse disciplines, including real estate development, hotel operations, and chief legal counsel for Marriott’s...
Jay Lerdal is a Business Development Manager for the National Restaurant Association in the Food Safety and Industry Relations Department. In this role Jay drives strategic food safety partnerships and stays abreast on key industry issues impacting food service. Jay has over 10 years of experience in business development, product management, and sales engineering. Prior...
Dr. Khan is the Director of the Human Factors group at Rimkus Consulting Group. She has a Ph.D. in Industrial & Systems Engineering focusing on Human Factors and Occupational Safety & Health from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Dr. Khan has assisted clients in evaluating hospitality related incidents involving risk perception, human error, and risk-taking behavior in workplace accidents, premises liability and transportation accidents. Such...
Francesca Ippolito-Craven is a Shareholder and Co-Chair of Kubicki Draper’s Hospitality Practice Group, and she focuses her practice on this industry.  Her experience includes representation of owners, operators, developers, contractors and franchisees in hospitality and retail related operational and management issues, transactional matters and litigation.   Francesca is an “AV Preeminent” rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell,...
Emily Harris Gant is a Principal in the Hospitality, Travel and Tourism Group, where she works as an alcoholic beverage attorney. She counsels wineries, breweries, distilleries, restaurants, hotels and other retailers on liquor licensing, trade practice compliance, distribution issues, contracts, dispute resolution and other liquor-related matters. Emily is also the Co-Chair of the Cannabis Industry...
Elizabeth W. Brunins (Beth) is a partner in the Hospitality Group of the law firm of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC. Beth counsels hospitality industry clients on a broad spectrum of agreements, including hotel management agreements, lender financing documents, purchase and sale agreements, leases, licenses, and vendor agreements. Beth also serves as outside counsel...
David Berins is a 51-year veteran of the lodging industry, with a career encompassing operations, asset management, development, planning and consulting. He is NOT an attorney but has a lot of friends and clients who are. The first nine years of his career were spent in operations management. Since 1974, David has provided senior-level asset...
Aaron R. Gelb is a partner in Conn Maciel Carey’s Chicago office. He specializes in labor and employment, and OSHA litigation.  Mr. Gelb represents employers in all aspects of the employer-employee relationship.  He has extensive experience litigating equal employment opportunity matters in federal and state courts having tried a number of cases to verdict and defending employers...
Juliette has personally led over 1,300 investigations spanning 74 countries, and advised on close to 10,000 whistleblower reports. Juliette is a former PwC Regulatory, Forensics and Hospitality & Leisure Advisory Services manager, and later developed and served as the Director of the Global Fraud & Investigations team and Project Manager of the Anti-Corruption Compliance Program...
Conn Maciel Carey PLLC
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Karen Morris is Town Justice in Brighton New York, a Professor of Law at Monroe Community College (MCC), and an author. She was recently elevated to the title of Distinguished Professor, awarded by the Chancellor of the State University of New York. She has written several textbooks including Hotel, Restaurant and Travel Law, winner of...
McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter
Of Counsel
Alvarez Marsal
Managing Director
Partner
Faegre Baker Daniels
Partner
Laner Muchin
CEO-Muir Analytics
Member- Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC
Shareholder- Anderson Kill
Shareholder
GrayRobinson
Partner
Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP
Director
Law Firm of David T. Denney
Owner and Chair of Hospitality, Travel and Tourism Practice Group
Garvey Schubert & Barer
Partner
Chair of the Hotels and Resorts and Aviation Practice Groups
McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP
Lawyer
Professor
Kennasaw State University
Partner
Fisher & Phillips
Member
Cozen O'Connor
Partner
Gardere
Professor - University of Houston
Founder - HospitalityLawyer.com
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