For decades, Dilworth Paxson’s attorneys have provided full-service legal representation to clients in the hospitality sector. Our firm routinely advises and assists hotel, restaurant, and food service clients in the following areas:


·       All types and aspects of financing, including construction financing, public financing, refinancing, and loan restructuring or modification

·       Acquisition or sale of operating businesses (including franchises)

·       Formation of corporate entities and corporate governance

·       Negotiation and renewal of franchise agreements

·       Real estate acquisition and zoning approvals for new business locations

·       Contracts and other agreements affecting business operations

·       Labor and employment matters

·       ERISA and employee benefits

·       Trademark and other intellectual property protections

·       Tax impacts of pertinent transactions

·       Creditors’ rights and preference action defense when trade vendors have filed for bankruptcy

Dilworth’s litigation department has extensive experience representing hospitality clients concerning wrongful termination of franchise agreements, personal injury defense, wrongful termination and other employment matters, breach of contract disputes, shareholder disputes, and other general litigation matters. Our bankruptcy and restructuring attorneys have also represented several hotel operators in chapter 11 cases, where the entity successfully sought to restructure its debts or, when necessary, to pursue a controlled sale to preserve the value of the operating business.