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Overview

The hospitality industry relies on insurance coverage to protect against an enormous range of risks, from bodily injury claims to devastating property damage, to crime and even dreaded bedbug claims. At Anderson Kill, we combine our firm’s expertise in analyzing and obtaining coverage with our specialized knowledge of the hospitality industry to maximize coverage for our clients.

But Anderson Kill’s experience in the hospitality and lodging industry goes beyond insurance coverage.  Our Hospitality Industry Group attorneys routinely assist clients with needs relating to real estate and construction, bankruptcy, executive compensation, litigation, finance and a wide range of corporate issues.  Our specific experience providing legal services to companies in the hospitality industry ranges from the routine — such as negotiating construction contracts — to the extraordinary — such as litigating a multi-million dollar insurance coverage case arising out of severe hurricane damage to an international resort and acting as insurance counsel to the world’s largest chain of casual dining restaurants.  

Our Hospitality Industry Group attorneys regularly present seminars and write articles aimed at providing businesses with essential coverage information about insurance recoveries with respect to issues that arise within the hospitality industry.  We frequently speak at and are members of various associations such as the American Hotel and Lodging Association, HospitalityLawyers.com and the Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys.

We realize the importance of communicating directly with our hospitality clients and friends, and in furtherance of our commitment to keep them abreast of recent developments in the law, we have launched our inaugural issue of Anderson Kill’s Hospitality Alert which will cover a variety of issues the hospitality industry face.   

A sampling of our Hospitality Industry representations are included below:  

Lodging and Gaming

  • Represented international hotel franchise in a declaratory judgment action initiated by its primary insurance company; successfully obtained defense costs and full indemnification under Comprehensive General Liability policy for underlying tort claim
  • Representation of investment companies in a securities fraud claim for non-disclosure of material inside information
  • Representation in a multi-party property and business income case in connection with the catastrophic destruction and associated business income losses that arose from Hurricane Katrina
  • Representation of D&O insurance claims matter involving owed defense and indemnity amounts incurred in underlying litigation over a failed casino project. Client successfully recovered past and current amounts owed from D&O insurance company
  • Representation of a primary and excess liability insurance for liability and loss mitigation costs incurred after food borne illness forced the interruption of business at casino property
  • Representation in an Employment Practices Liability insurance coverage dispute Representation of a fidelity/employee theft loss

Casual Dining

  • Insurance-related legal counsel to world's largest chain of casual dining restaurants
  • Insurance-related legal counsel to largest operator of casual dining restaurants
  • Insurance-related legal counsel to chain of more than 550 restaurant/retail stores located in 41 states
  • Restructured public bond debt of regional operator of three casual dining chains.

International Hospitality

Preferred partner for insurance matters for an international provider of food services, facilities management and hospitality services

  • International Resorts
  • Complex litigation counsel to association of owners of resort apartments in St. Maarten
  • Insurance coverage counsel to a developer of ocean-front resorts

Fast Food

  • Successful out of court restructuring of fast food supplier
  • Insurance counsel to an association of fast food franchisees