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Hospitality

$125 Million Hotel Investment Opportunity Fund
We have assisted the Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group in raising money over the years for various individual hotel projects, including a hotel investment opportunity fund that raised over $125 million.  Our Hospitality Group assisted in all facets of creating this fund, negotiating with investors and drafting all of the fund documents.  To date, this fund has acquired 10 hotel properties, all of which are managed by Kimpton. Read More
Auberge Resorts
We represented Auberge Resorts in connection with preparation and negotiation of management agreements, technical assistance agreements, and club management agreements for management of the two newest Auberge resorts: the Calistoga Ranch, an upscale resort and fractional ownership project in the heart of the Napa Valley, whose primary owner is Olympus Real Estate Partners; and the Inn at Palmetto Bluff, a luxury resort and spa with an associated Jack Nicklaus golf course, located in the South Carolina low country and owned by Crescent Resources, the development arm of Duke Energy.  We also negotiated Auberge’s participation in the ownership entity for Calistoga Ranch. Read More
Chaya Brasserie
Represented the owner of the Chaya Brasserie restaurant in San Francisco in a dispute with its architect over construction costs and fees, ultimately achieving a successful result for our client through mediation.Read More
Chicago Fairmont Hotel
Represented The Swig Company in the negotiation of a long-term management agreement with Fairmont Hotels & Resorts at the Fairmont Chicago Hotel, and the subsequent sale of the asset to an international hotel investment company. Read More
Department of Alcoholic Beverages and Liquor Control
We represent restaurants, hotels, and nightclubs in obtaining licenses to serve alcoholic beverages and operating compliant businesses. We provide strategic planning with respect to tied house issues and interface with the Department of Alcoholic Beverages and Liquor Control Commissions throughout the United States. Read More
FelCor
We have represented FelCor, a Texas REIT and operator of Holiday Inns' hotels in San Francisco, in an appeal in front of the San Francisco Handicap Access Board of Appeals, resulting in the exemption of a Hotel's parking facility from compliance with certain access requirements. We also have represented FelCor in disputes relating to its centralized operation of and advertisement for several Holiday Inn hotels, and the allocation of and accounting relating to associated costs and fees.  Through a mediation process involving accountants and industry experts, we were able to structure a resolution between the owners and operators relating to both past and future practices. Read More
Individual Actions; Discrimination (Disability)
We represented the Inter-Continental Hotel Group (formerly Six Continents and Holiday Inns) in actions brought by both individuals and government entities relating to handicap accessibility and claims of discrimination brought in both state and federal courts.  Read More
Inter-Continental Hotels Corporation v. California Hotel Acquisition Corporation, et al.
Represented Inter-Continental Hotels Corporation and Bass Hotels and Resorts in various actions pending in federal and state courts in Los Angeles as well as the Ninth Circuit, arising out of the termination of Inter-Continental's management agreement for the Hotel Inter-Continental Los Angeles.  The case involved breach of contract, tort and unfair competition claims.  We subsequently assisted Inter-Continental Hotels in transitioning management of the hotel to Omni Hotels.Read More
Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group
Represented Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group in the sale of six of the company's San Francisco hotels, including the historic Sir Francis Drake, which Kimpton continues to manage. Read More
Oliveto Restaurant
We have represented the owners of Oliveto Restaurant, one of the top restaurants in the Bay Area, since its inception, including formation of the partnership that developed the restaurant, advising on the syndication of the equity capital, assisting in negotiation of its lease, and negotiating the admission of current chef, Paul Bertolli, into the ownership entity. Read More
Park Plaza Hotel Corp.
We successfully represented Park Plaza Hotel Corp., an international hotel management company, in prosecuting and settling a multimillion dollar claim for breach and wrongful termination of the management and franchise agreements entered into in connection with a four-star property in Hawaii. Read More
Rafael Hotels
We represented our long time client, Rafael Hotels, in the sale of its international hotel property portfolio to Mandarin Oriental Hotels for $142.5 million.  The transaction involved hotels located in the United States, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Bermuda, Canada and England.  We were able to assist Rafael Hotels in closing the sale despite the difficulties presented by the disparate geographic locations of the hotels and the fact that both the buying and selling ownership groups consisted of non-U.S. investors that were each subject to their own differing sets of corporate and tax laws. Read More
Regent International Hotels
The firm represented Regent International Hotels for 20 years and, in the course of doing so, prepared and negotiated all of Regent’s management and joint venture transactions in the United States and abroad, including resort projects where golf and tennis club memberships were involved, notably the Kapalua Bay Hotel in Maui, the Dorado Beach and Cerromar Beach Hotels in Puerto Rico and Regent Dallas. Read More
Restaurant Fire in San Francisco's Marina District

We represented a restaurant in a dispute regarding appropriate repairs and business losses arising out of a fire in the Marina District of San Francisco. Read More

Rincon Park Restaurants, San Francisco
Represented the developer in a Port of San Francisco project, Rincon Park Restaurants, subject to public trust requirements. Read More
Ritz-Carlton Hotel Management Claims
We assisted the owner of four Ritz-Carlton hotels in the United States in evaluating certain claims against Ritz-Carlton arising out of its management of the hotels. Read More
Round Table Franchise Corporation
We have represented Round Table Franchise Corporation for over fifteen years on a wide variety of litigation matters, including franchisee disputes (contract issues, termination issues, and trademark claims),   lease disputes, employment claims, contract disputes and ADA compliance claims. Read More
San Ysidro Ranch, Montecito

The San Ysidro Ranch is an exclusive hotel property in the foothills of the Santa Ynez Mountains in Montecito, California.  We represented Auberge Resorts in connection with the sale of the Ranch to Ty Properties, Inc.  In connection with the sale, we negotiated the hotel management agreement, under which Auberge continues to manage the property. Read More

Silverado Resort and Country Club
We thwarted an attempt by the owner of The Silverado Resort in Napa Valley to terminate our client's long-term management agreement.  We also provided pre-litigation counseling on a variety of property management issues, and general business counseling on the management of the luxury resort. Read More
Six Continents PLC -- Holiday Inns
We  represented Bass PLC (now Six Continents PLC) in litigation arising out of its $2.3 billion acquisition of Holiday Inns.  Working with a variety of hospitality industry consultants, we successfully prosecuted and ultimately settled Bass’ claim that Holiday Inns misrepresented the condition of its hotels throughout the Untied States. Read More
Swig Investment Company
The firm represents Swig Investment Company, the founder of Fairmont Hotels. We represented the company in the sale of the operating company and in the sale of the Chicago Fairmont Hotel in a Section 1031 transaction. Read More
Tamarack Resort
We represented the ownership group in connection with the development of Tamarack Resort in Idaho, a ski and golf resort covering more than 3,000 acres, which includes the development of a new town, extensive ski, golf and other recreational facilities and a variety of residential products.  Our work has involved ownership structuring, capital raising efforts, negotiation of a ground lease with the State of Idaho, entitlements, executive compensation, negotiation and structuring of strategic joint ventures, financing and numerous other development efforts. Read More
Vintage Court Hotel
We represented the Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group in the disposition of the Vintage Court Hotel (including Masa’s restaurant), which was the first disposition in the company’s history.  Our representation involved documentation and extensive negotiation of the purchase and sale agreement and closing the transaction. Read More