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McCarter & English's Retail/Hospitality Group is comprised of lawyers from a wide range of legal disciplines including real estate, environmental, employment/labor, intellectual property, corporate/commercial, construction, taxation, bankruptcy and litigation. In our 170+ year history, we have represented a large number of retail/hospitality clients and projects throughout the Northeast and across the United States. Our clients include developers, retailers, restauranteurs, hotel owners, hotel operators, lenders, investors, builders, executives and other participants in the retail and hospitality industry. We are well aware of the many issues confronting this dynamic sector of our economy, whether relating to a single location or the development of a mixed use project encompassing multiple components. We have handled every aspect of retail/hospitality work from the initial planning stages to ongoing operations.

Attorneys practicing in our Retail/Hospitality Group bring extensive industry experience to our clients including:

The development, acquisition, disposition and operation of traditional retail, hotel and/or restaurant projects, mixed-use developments and redevelopment projects;

Procuring governmental entitlements;

Discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, cessation of operations, wage and hour, OSHA and regulatory or compliance issues;

Tax strategies and entity structure;

Environmental analysis, including addressing environmental compliance and remediation issues;

Landlord and tenant leasing;

Management and franchise agreements;

Protecting and enforcing intellectual property rights;

Defending claims ranging from product defects to premises injury;

Compliance with various state and federal consumer guidelines;

Consumer class action litigation;

Government relations and media strategy; and

Structuring and negotiation of transaction financing.