Industry-Specific Solutions for Hospitality Businesses

It is no secret that the San Francisco Peninsula is home to a vibrant hospitality and tourist industry. The attorneys at Coddington, Hicks & Danforth understand the competitive nature of the hospitality industry. We work with bars, restaurants, hotels and recreational equipment rental companies that serve the tourism industry in Northern California.

The needs of hospitality companies are often related to food service, lodging, liquor licensing and permitting regulations specifically aimed at the industry. Our full-service business law practice is well-versed in hospitality law and the rules and regulations specific to food service, lodging establishments, bars, and boating and sports equipment rental companies. We have nearly 40 years of experience providing legal counseling and representation to help hospitality businesses succeed in a fast-paced environment.

Lodging, Food and Beverage Licenses and Permitting Concerns

We provide counseling and guidance to help business owners maintain compliance with industry-specific regulations, including:

  • Alcohol licensing
  • Food service licensing
  • Proper permits for hotels to allow multiple short-term occupancy rates
  • Vendor permits for companies that rent boats, personal watercraft and sports equipment

Property Interests in the Hospitality Industry

In addition to company- and industry-specific regulations, we advise clients in matters to protect a full range of property interests. Frequently, bars and restaurants enter into lease agreements. Our skilled real property lawyers can help negotiate lease terms to protect ongoing business operations. Rent increases or notice that a lease is not going to be renewed can devastate a vibrant business. Our extensive knowledge of municipal law is invaluable in addressing hotel, bar and restaurant zoning concerns.

The brand and image of a hospitality company are vital property interests that require diligent protection. Trademarks, trade dress and proprietary information are frequently the mainstays for business success. We work with bar and restaurant owners to protect vital intellectual property interests.

Business Operations

Most hospitality companies do not have a lawyer on staff. Business owners regularly rely on our firm for advice, guidance and representation to manage risk. We frequently review, draft and negotiate contracts on behalf of hospitality industry clients. Changing suppliers and vendors may be necessary for you to maintain your quality. Addressing employment law concerns and contracts is a strength of our firm. We help restaurants resolve disputes with chefs, servers and other workers. Our business and commercial dispute litigators are available to advocate for the best interests of clients in the hospitality industry.

Call for a Free Initial Consultation

To arrange a free initial consultation with a lawyer experienced in representing businesses in the tourist and hospitality industry, we invite you to call 650-592-5400 or contact us online. From our office in Redwood City we represent clients throughout San Mateo, San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Clara and the surrounding communities in Northern California.