Retail, Restaurant & Hospitality


Ulmer’s Retail, Restaurant, and Hospitality Practice Group includes attorneys with industry expertise who collaborate across the firm’s practice areas to provide comprehensive legal services to owners, tenants, developers, franchisors, franchisees, and managers of retailers, restaurants, resorts, and hotels. Equipped to handle all matters – from transactions to tax to litigation – our team specializes in helping companies of all sizes from Fortune 500 companies to entrepreneurs and restaurateurs effectively manage risk, seize business opportunities, and expand their market shares.

The group’s business law, mergers and acquisitions, real estate, creditor’s rights and construction lawyers frequently assist clients in the negotiation of commercial agreements ranging from leases to complex construction contracts to the sale or purchase of national chains and large portfolio sale-leaseback and financing transactions. Likewise, our labor and employment attorneys help retail and hospitality industry management address issues ranging from benefits and wage/hour disputes to immigration challenges to unlawful discrimination. Given the increasing importance of data security to retail, restaurant, and hospitality businesses, our cybersecurity and privacy attorneys help clients engage in data security risk management and post-breach investigations. Our creditor’s rights attorneys represent both debtors and creditors in bankruptcy, receivership, and other restructurings. Our intellectual property attorneys assist clients in protecting their brands and their advertising.

Recognizing the high cost of litigation, the Retail, Restaurant, and Hospitality Practice Group works closely with clients to address issues before they become problems, and to provide clients peace of mind. Our experience in assisting retailers and restauranteurs in intellectual property protection, commercial agreements, licenses, trade regulation, employment, compliance, and litigation has led to significant cost savings for our clients and their shareholders. Through our level of skill and depth of experience, we provide our clients with the multidisciplinary legal services necessary to offer practical solutions to their legal challenges.

Annual conference brings together retail real estate legal professionals Ulmer Managing Partner Scott P. Kadish and Counsel Joseph B. Conn will present on October 25 as part of the International Council of Shopping Centers’ U.S. Shopping Center Law Conference in Orlando, Florida. This high-energy, four-day conference offers over 70 sessions...

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