Brown Sims represents hospitality service providers including hotels, motels, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, travel agents, and cruise lines.
Business Counseling and Transactional Work
Brown Sims offers general legal counseling to its hospitality clients in matters including: employment contracts, vendor disputes, overtime claims, wrongful termination claims, discrimination claims, sexual harassment claims, liability releases, lien releases, and debt collection practices. Browns Sims also offers transactional services including business formation and commercial contract drafting, review, and revision.
Brown Sims specializes in the litigation defense of its hospitality clients in dram shop liability, including: over-serving, premises liability, food poisoning, false imprisonment or unlawful detention, ordinary negligence, respondeat superior liability, and commercial disputes.
Brown Sims offers its hospitality clients access to a robust workers’ compensation and administrative law practice, representing them in Benefit Review Conferences, Contested Case Hearings, Appeals Panel reviews, and in appeals to the District Courts and beyond. In addition to defense of injured worker claims, Brown Sims attorneys are well-versed in the administrative resolution of medical and attorney fees disputes before the Division of Workers’ Compensation and the State Office of Administrative Hearings. Due to their experience, Brown Sims attorneys are regularly called upon by their clients to provide advice at all stages of the claims management process.
Representative Hospitality Matters
- Defended a nightclub in Dallas, Texas for a claim brought by a patron who was stabbed by a club promoter who was an independent contractor.
- Defended a restaurant and bar that was alleged to have over-served a customer shortly before he was involved in an automobile accident which resulted in a fatality.
- Defended a nationwide restaurant chain that was sued by a customer who claimed he was seriously injured by an unreasonably dangerous condition on restaurant premises.
- Represented a local restaurant chain in a dispute concerning the sale of one of its restaurant locations. Successfully defending claims by the purchases that the seller violated a covenant not to compete and prevailed on a breach of contract counterclaim against the purchaser.
- Represented a start-up coffee shop with plans to franchise its business model. Provided overall legal counsel on various aspects of its operations.
- Defended a major international travel agency in a lawsuit by a competitor alleging that the client’s business model was designed to divert or steal business from the competitor.
- Represented a travel technology company in connection with preparing a contract with major cruise lines.
- Defended a franchisee owner in connection with an alleged failure to properly account for profits due to the franchisee holder.