Restaurant, Hospitality, Specialty Food & Beverage

Practice Overview

Drummond Woodsum provides restaurant, hospitality, specialty food and beverage clients with unparalleled legal services to manage risk and navigate legal compliance in all areas of development, operations, acquisitions, and dispositions.  We represent established nationally known companies as well as start-ups and everything in between.

We practice in communities that thrive on the restaurant, hospitality, specialty food, and beverage industries. As a result, we are passionate about these industries and regularly provide counseling, transactional and litigation services to the owners, managers, investors, and developers of hotels and resorts, inns, restaurants, franchises, recreational facilities, breweries, vineyards, and distillers, as well as food and beverage manufacturers, retailers, and distributors. We are proud to serve as trusted advisors to some of New England’s great companies that develop, own, operate, invest in and finance these business organizations across Maine and New Hampshire.

We regularly advise our clients on the following:

  • Business Formation and Organization
  • Commercial Contracts, including Hotel Management Agreements and Technical Service Agreements
  • Branding and Intellectual Property
  • Negotiating and Financing Real Estate Leases and Purchase
  • Land Use and Development
  • Landlord/Tenant Disputes
  • Human Resource, Personnel Matters, and Employee Benefits
  • Department of Labor Compliance and Wage and Hour Claims
  • I-9 Compliance, Hiring Foreign Workers and Visa Applications
  • Public Accommodation Requirements
  • Federal and State Tax Matters
  • Licensing and Franchising
  • Negotiating and Financing Equipment Leases
  • Environmental and OSHA Compliance
  • Food Safety
  • General Commercial Litigation

 Our breadth of experience in the laws that affect these industries allows us to provide team-oriented and comprehensive legal advice to our clients and allows our clients to access a full- range of legal services all in one place, with the firm’s usual emphasis on providing expert advice that is always timely and cost-effective.

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