For nearly two decades, Adams and Reese has represented some of the leading companies in the hotel, restaurant and hospitality industries. Our clients include international hotel chains, individual hotel operators, hotel franchisees and franchisors, regional and national restaurant chains, and other hospitality companies. Our team of attorneys is well-positioned to represent hotel and restaurant companies in a number of markets and jurisdictions. 

Our Attorneys

Our attorneys understand the various state-to-state requirements and the overriding federal statutes, and they have substantial experience in helping hotels, restaurants and hospitality companies meet these challenges. From transactions to litigation, labor and employment, and licensing concerns for business owners in the hospitality industry, our attorneys understand the complex and diverse practice areas and workplace issues in which hospitality companies are often confronted. Provided below are our areas of practice:

Transactions: Our attorneys represent regional and national chains on projects involving site selection, real estate acquisitions, zoning variances, financing, leasing, the drafting and review of contracts, regulatory issues and tax matters.

Litigation: Our attorneys advise and defends hotel chains and restaurant chains in various commercial matters, including disputes involving personal injury claims stemming from accidents on properties. Our attorneys have logged many hours in courtrooms at the local, state and federal levels. We have a strong working knowledge of the processes and judges as well as the style of opposing counsel. We also have substantial experience representing companies in arbitrations and in mediations.

Labor and Employment: Members of our Hospitality Team represent, advise and defend several hotel and restaurant chains in labor matters and in breach of contract disputes. In addition, our attorneys represent hospitality companies on collective bargaining issues with the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International Union (HERE), and they have had numerous dealings with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) in non-hotel settings. Our clients in these areas include regional, national and international chains.

Licensing: Our attorneys assist hotel companies and restaurant chains with state and federal licensing and regulatory issues. Our attorneys are members of several key industry and regulatory associations, including the Academy of Hospitality Attorneys, the National Association of Licensing and Compliance Professionals (NALCP) and National Conference of State Liquor Administrators (NCSLA). Adams and Reese has built respected relationships within the licensing arena, and our attorneys serve as a trusted advisors for regulatory and zoning issues.

Adams and Reese attorneys keep clients updated on the latest changes and regulations within the hospitality industry to ensure hotels, restaurants and other hospitality companies, experience the least amount of impact and change, and can make the necessary adjustments in advance. Through our two decades of experience and breadth of diverse practice area experience within the hospitality industry, Adams and Reese attorneys provide strategies and proactive solutions to identify and meet the specific needs of our clients.

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Diversity is not new at Adams and Reese and is not the work of one individual or committee, but rather the work of our entire firm.  Through dedication, creativity, hard work and leadership of many culturally diverse individuals coming together, our diversity momentum grows stronger every year. Our appreciation of the unique differences among us and how we benefit from the diverse backgrounds, experiences and talents of our attorneys, advisors and staff enhances our service to our clients while it enriches the lives of both our employees and the communities in which we work and live. 

The Adams and Reese Diversity Committee is comprised of Deborah Rouen, Partner and Diversity Committee Chairwoman,  the Recruiting Partner, the Partner for Associates, an Executive Committee Appointee, three Practice Group Leaders, the Chief Marketing Officer and additional representatives throughout the firm's footprint.

Our minority attorney committee also meets regularly with the firm’s Diversity Chairwoman to further develop and promote diversity through events targeted to other minority attorneys, clients and community members. This committee has successfully held numerous minority receptions and events in conjunction with the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the Bayou Classic and the Essence Music Festival, as well as sponsorships including the Urban League, Diversity Summits, Black Business Networks, Minority Bar Association events, National Minority AIDS Council efforts, as well as endowed professorships and scholarships at historically black universities.

Adams and Reese women and minorities lead by example and share in the leadership of our firm. We are also proud of our women and minority attorneys serving in leadership positions in professional, civic and philanthropic organizations.

Recent Diversity Honors

Adams and Reese is proud of our diversity recognitions made possible through the hard work, dedication and commitment within the firm:
  • Diversity Recognition - Top 200 Law Firms for Women Equity Partners
    American Lawyer Media 2012
  • Diversity Award - Unity Award in Large Company Category
    Biz941 Magazine 2012
  • Diversity Award - Corporate Counsel Women of Color Diversity Award of Excellence
    Corporate Counsel Women of Color® 2011
  • Diversity Award - Commitment to Diversity Award
    Human Resources Management Association 2011
  • Diversity Award - Commendation of Diversity Principles
    Louisiana State Bar Association 2010
  • Diversity Recognition - Diversity Scorecard - Among top 200 law firms in diversity
    Minority Law Journal 2010, 2009, 2008
  • Diversity Award - Encouraging Diversity Award, Finalist Minority Business Awards
    Birmingham Business Journal 2009, 2007
  • Diversity Recognition - Women in Law Firms - Nationally ranked among nation's best law firms for women
    American Lawyer Magazine 2009
  • Diversity Award - Encouraging Diversity Award, First Place Minority Business Awards
    Birmingham Business Journal 2008
  • Diversity Recognition - Top 100 Law Firms for Diversity
    MultiCultural Law Magazine 2008
  • Diversity Recognition - Top 100 Law Firms for Women
    Women 3.0 Magazine 2008
  • Diversity Award - Lighthouse Award - Fostering diversity in the legal profession
    International Paper Legal Department 2006

Events and Sponsorships

Adams and Reese is proud to host, sponsor, partner and participate in numerous diversity initiatives:
  • ABA Minority Counsel Program
  • ABA Section of Litigation Products Liability Committee's "Women in Products Liability"
  • Bayou Classic
  • Corporate Counsel Women of Color® Annual Career Strategies Conference
  • Endowed Professorships and Scholarships at Historically Black Universities
  • Essence Music Festival
  • GE Midwestern Diversity Conference
  • Louisiana State Bar Association Minority Involvement Annual Job Fair – Loyola University
  • Loyola University College of Law Diversity Programs
  • Martinet Scholarship Gala
  • Mobile United Ethics and Diversity Seminar
  • National Association of Women Judges Annual Conference
  • National Bar Association National Convention
  • National Black Law Student Association Convention
  • National Directory of Minority Attorney
  • National Minority AIDS Council
  • National Urban League Conference
  • National Women’s Law Center Annual Awards
  • National Women’s Leadership Council
  • New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
  • Power Ties
  • Southeastern Minority Job Fair
  • SunBelt Minority Job Fair
  • Vault/MCCA
  • Women of the Year, New Orleans CityBusiness


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