Hospitality & Leisure

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The hospitality and leisure industry is built upon exceptional customer experience, service and value. Our hospitality and leisure clients expect the same from their legal counsel. And Bowditch & Dewey LLP’s attorneys deliver. We provide advice and solutions to these clients from planning and startup, to business formation, operation, and winding down -- and everything in between.

The hospitality and leisure industry is broad and we assist a range of hospitality enterprises, including developers, owners and operators of hotels, restaurants and restaurant chains and franchises, resorts, bars, country clubs, breweries, theatres, entertainment facilities, sports venues, caterers and food service businesses, event-planning services, museums and other educational institutions, transportation companies, product manufacturers and distributors, as well as various other vendors and businesses serving the hospitality industry.

Services & Capabilities:

  • Corporate and finance, including organization, compliance and business transactions
  • Labor and employment, benefits and executive compensation
  • Real estate and environmental
  • Intellectual property, including licensing and trademark
  • Business disputes and litigation, including contract disputes, real estate and construction litigation, consumer litigation and general litigation
  • Tort litigation, including premise liability, Dram Shop litigation, negligent security, building code and property defects, third-party liability, product and warranty liability and respondent superior actions
  • Estate, tax & financial planning, including business succession planning and stockholder agreements
  • Liquor licensing
  • Debtor/creditor issues and asset protection
  • Government investigations and actions


Representative Experience:

  • Obtained site plan approval from municipal planning board for $65 million redevelopment of existing structure into large hotel and resort; successfully entered into tax increment financing agreement with municipality and obtained approval by Economic Assistance Coordinating Council (“EACC”), attaining maximum available municipal personal property tax relief and investment tax credits
  • Successfully defended hotel and resort against claims before EACC by labor union alleging violations of state labor laws
  • Defended restaurant in class action suit alleging violation of Fair Credit Reporting Act
  • Defended hotel condominium association in action against condominium builders arising from construction defects
  • Represented owner of large resort hotel and golf course in sale of property and hotel
  • Assisted hotels in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, Rhode Island and Florida in obtaining construction and equipment financing
  • Represented bar/restaurant in administrative proceedings and Superior Court action successfully appealing ABCC suspension of liquor license
  • Represented privately-owned frozen food distributor in minority shareholder litigation
  • Represented food service business in partnership dispute
  • Represented cutlery manufacturer in product liability action involving alleged faulty packaging
  • Obtained zoning approval for restaurant/bar seeking parking lot expansion beyond municipal ordinance
  • Obtained Special Permit from municipal Zoning Board of Appeals for national fast food chain seeking to construct drive-through window at new location
  • Coordinated with municipal officials in Departments of Public Works and Code Enforcement and advised architects and engineers during design-development, pre-construction phase of new fast food chain restaurant
  • Represented restaurant co-owner during winding-down and dissolution of business
  • Provide regular assistance to multiple educational institutions and other entities in obtaining temporary liquor licenses for special events and compliance with licensing regulations