service minded

We help hospitality industry clients achieve the goals most important to their success. We counsel local, national, and international hotel and restaurant companies. Our industry focus helps you create opportunities to accomplish your goals.


Domestic and international companies of all sizes turn to Dorsey for advice on hotel and restaurant issues.  Our clients include hotel and restaurant brand owners and franchisors, hotel and restaurant owners and developers, and hospitality consultants, managers, and investors.  We represent clients in disputes, including negotiation, mediation, arbitration and litigation.  Dorsey’s national and international hospitality practice provides industry-specific knowledge for virtually any legal or business challenge worldwide, including:

  • Audit and tax compliance and planning; including Hotel Uniform System of Accounts
  • Design, construction and development
  • Employment, immigration, employment and labor law, benefits and compensation
  • Entity formation, private equity, tax, REITS, EB-5 ownership, joint ventures, lending, securities and financing
  • FF&E, supply, vendor, and other contract issues
  • Food and beverage laws and licensing, including food safety and liquor licensing, pool and recreation activity permits
  • Franchise agreements and franchise law compliance for hotels and restaurants
  • Government relations and regulatory, including access, siting, utilities, environmental, and Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Hotel management agreements
  • Insurance coverage and risk reduction
  • Intellectual property, especially trademarks and customer data
  • IT (front of house and back of house), reservations, and payment system agreements and issues
  • Liquor licensing and license transfers
  • Litigation and dispute resolution
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Privacy and data protection
  • Real estate, land use and environmental


US News Best Lawyers 2019 Leading Franchise Law Firm

2015 Leading Real Estate & Construction Firm US-Legal 500

Top 25 M&A Deals Completed US Thomson

Global M&A Leader #13 in Worldwide Deals Thomson Reuters 2015

Dorsey Top US Trademark Firm-WTR 2021

US News Best Lawyers 2021 Tier 1 Commercial Litigation Law Firm

Leading Firm-Over 28 Dorsey Practices Chambers 2021

129 Dorsey Lawyers-50+ Practices Best Lawyers 2022

Best Law Firms-25 Nationally Ranked Dorsey Practices 2021


Mark Hamel
Practice Group Co-Chair

Industries & Practices

Cybersecurity, Privacy & Social Media
Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring
  • Antitrust & Competition Law
  • Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring
  • Construction & Design
  • Cybersecurity, Privacy & Social Media
  • Food, Beverage & Agribusiness
  • Franchise & Distribution Law
  • Labor & Employment
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Private Equity
  • Real Estate & Land Use
  • Technology Commerce
  • Trademark, Copyright & Advertising