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RESTAURANT, HOSPITALITY, AND BEVERAGE LAW

RESTAURANT, HOSPITALITY, AND BEVERAGE LAW

Bousquet Holstein has a long history of serving hospitality and restaurant clients as their trusted business advisors. Our attorneys have provided experienced legal counsel to the restaurant, hospitality and beverage industry focusing on compliance, operations, development and transactional matters. We provide our business partners with common-sense legal, business and creative advice necessary to comply with a wide spectrum of tax, labor, health, liquor and general legal requirements unique to this industry. Our clients include business owners, managers, investors and developers of restaurants, hotels and resorts, franchises, breweries, vineyards, distilleries, as well as food and beverage manufacturers, retailers, and distributors.

The attorneys at Bousquet Holstein are experienced legal counsel in all aspects of law affecting the restaurant, hospitality, and beverage industries, including:

    •  Labor, Employment, Workers Comp, and Employee Benefits
    •  Department of Labor Compliance and Wage and Hour Claims
    •  Federal and State Tax Regulations and Controversies
    •  Business and Liquor Licensing, Franchising, Compliance, and Regulations
    •  Immigration Matters and Visa Applications
    •  Real Estate and Land Use
    •  Business Formation, Organization, and Transactions
    •  Litigation
    •  Branding and Intellectual Property
    •  Equipment Leases
    •  Business Succession Planning
    •  Bankruptcy and Receivership

The attorneys and staff at Bousquet Holstein offer the unique perspective of providing team-oriented and comprehensive legal advice to our clients. Our diversity of practice areas and legal services allow us to provide our clients a full- range of legal services related to the restaurant, hospitality and alcoholic beverage industries – all in one place.

Our restaurant, hospitality, and beverage practice group includes attorneys who have extensive personal experience and family connections to the industry in these areas of law:                                                               (Click on headers to be directed to specific practice area webpages)

Employment & Labor

Our firm works provides counsel to clients on matters involving discrimination and harassment, wage and hour issues, state and federal leave laws, disability accommodation, health and safety and whistle blower issues, union-management relations, workplace disputes, employment policies, employment agreements, severance agreements, executive compensation, privacy, and noncompetition.

Employee Benefits

Transactions, such as the purchase or sale of a business, or the drafting of a will or estate plan, often raise employee benefits questions. The attorneys at Bousquet Holstein are fully versed in the complex set of rules that regulate employee benefits as set forth under ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended) and the Internal Revenue Code. We routinely advise clients with regard to the design, implementation, and administration of employee retirement, welfare, and fringe benefit plans. We have extensive experience in benefit plan design and operation, accounting practices, employment relations, income taxation, and retirement and succession planning.

Federal and State Tax Regulations

We provide counsel on transaction-related tax planning legal matters for individuals, business entities and investors. We counsel on the full range of federal and state tax law issues that arise in day-to-day operations, as well as structuring strategic, commercial and financial transactions. We work with businesses and individuals on compliance and record keeping matters, and provide innovative, practical solutions to their tax issues. We are also prepared to support businesses and individuals when tax controversies arise.

Business and Liquor Licensing

Businesses in the hospitality, dining, and beverage industry require a variety of licenses and ongoing compliance programs to operate in New York State. Our firm works with business owners to navigate through complex licensure processes, including our specific practice focusing on liquor licensing and compliance.

Immigration Law

We work with restaurant and business owners on issues such as visas for hiring foreign workers, including seasonal workers in the H-2b and J visa categories, permanent residence for workers, I-9 compliance, training, enforcement, and defense.

Real Estate & Land Use

Our Real Estate Practice is experienced in all phases of real estate transactions and litigation. We work with clients on property buying, leasing or building and the zoning and land use matters that need to be addressed with local planning boards and municipalities.

Business Formation, Organization and Transactions

Our firm has extensive experience working with business owners to manage their growth from entity formation to the possible sale of their business and developing succession plans.  Bousquet Holstein has worked with business entities, small and large, on a wide range of transactional services including tax planning and controversies and contract reviews.

Branding, Intellectual Property, Copyright and Trademark

We help our clients create, protect and defend their trademarks and brands. Our attorneys are skilled in trademark law, protecting trade secrets, copyright law, privacy rights and a spectrum of licensing matters (logos, software, brand messages, etc.)

Litigation

Bousquet Holstein’s Litigation Practice represents businesses all areas of litigation including civil and criminal litigation in federal and state courts and administrative agencies, and before domestic and international arbitration panels. We have built a strong reputation in representing clients in personal liability matters, as well as business, commercial, employment, and contract-related disputes.

Equipment Leasing and Finance

Bousquet Holstein PLLC has an active equipment leasing and financing practice. We represent clients in leasing transactions involving a diverse range of assets, including restaurant equipment, computers and other technological equipment, office equipment, healthcare equipment, transportation equipment, construction equipment, containers, trucks and trailers. We represent a broad range of clients, including lessees and lessors, lenders, equity investors, insurance companies, manufacturers, equipment remarketers, and software companies. Our engagements involve transaction structuring and documentation, as well as workout and dispute resolution matters.

Business Succession Planning

If you are the owner of a family business, making sure that it is successful now and into the future is one of your prime concerns.  Planning for the passage of ownership from one generation to the next involves sophisticated business, financial, tax and estate advice, and will require attention to family, leadership, and fairness concerns. Business succession plans often are fluid, and change as the younger generation matures. Our attorneys are highly skilled in guiding clients through the intricacies of planning for such a transition, and preparing for unexpected contingencies.

Bankruptcy and Receivership

Our Bankruptcy Practice Group provides comprehensive services in the areas of business bankruptcy and workouts.  We have represented unsecured and secured creditors as well as landlords and tenants with respect to a wide variety of matters involving entities such as hotels, restaurants, shopping centers, wholesale and retail suppliers, manufacturers, financial institutions, telecommunications companies, municipalities and dairy cooperatives. Our attorneys are skilled in handling virtually all aspects of commercial creditor, collection and workout matters.

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