Retail & Restaurant Hospitality


Ulmer’s Retail & Restaurant Hospitality Group includes attorneys with industry expertise who collaborate across the firm’s practice areas to provide comprehensive legal services to owners, developers, franchisors, franchisees and managers of retailers, restaurants, resorts and hotels. Equipped to handle all matters – from transactions to regulatory compliance 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 share.

The group’s Business Law, Mergers & Acquisitions, Real Estate, Intellectual Property and Construction lawyers frequently assist clients in the negotiation of commercial agreements ranging from simple 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 union relations and collective bargaining to wage/hour disputes to immigration challenges to unlawful discrimination. Given the increasing importance of data security to retail and hospitality businesses, our Cybersecurity and Privacy attorneys help clients engage in data security risk management and post-breach investigations.

Recognizing the high cost of litigation, the Retail & Restaurant Hospitality 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.

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