Proven Counsel On Restaurant And Hospitality Law
Restaurants and other hospitality businesses fail all the time. The successful ones share common traits. Among those traits are preventative legal maintenance, proactive contract drafting, and smart employment and tort defense policies. Maybe even more important than that is integrating these critical business components into your overall business strategy. Preventative legal maintenance provided by an attorney who gets your industry and gets your business should be a value-added proposition, not a dreaded line item.
Slinde Nelson provides full-service legal strategies to the restaurant and hospitality industry. We have big-firm experience and training and we have founded, managed, sold and invested in businesses of our own. We have represented, negotiated with and litigated against some of the Pacific Northwest’s most prominent players in the industry.
Our holistic approach pulls from other areas of law to provide a well-rounded and balanced offering that sees around the next corner just as clearly as right in front of us. We bring extensive knowledge and experience in commercial litigation, real estate, construction law, and business formation and advice to bear for our restaurant and hotel clients. If your new construction contains defects, we will counsel you on your remedies and advocate for you.
Vendor relationships are critical to the success of your business. Without reliability and dependability, you cannot have profitability in this industry. Clear contracts, fresh and relevant terms and obligations, streamlined enforcement mechanisms with teeth — these are the preventative legal measures that provide you the confidence you and your customers need in your ability to deliver product and service. When a dispute arises, you need to know what buttons to push and levers to pull, and you need someone who understands your business objectives advising you in the process.
Real Estate — Development, Purchases And Landlord Relations
Slinde Nelson‘s team of seasoned real estate professionals knows the industry inside and out. You cannot run a restaurant or a hotel without real estate, and if that real estate does not make sense for your bottom line, you will not be in the restaurant or hotel business for long. Whether it is a lease negotiation involving terms and tenant improvements or a complicated purchase with terms, our team of Portland real estate attorneys can get you in a space and keep you there.
We also offer vast experience in the area of Oregon franchise law. If you have purchased a franchise or are just starting the process, we can assist you with entity formation, finance, leasing and management agreements.
Employee Relations And Employment Disputes
Perhaps more than many industries, the restaurant and hospitality industries depend on top talent flanked by quality, dependable and loyal staff. This type of environment requires clear expectations, fair but firm contractual terms and consistent disciplinary policies. Employment disputes can disrupt the workplace about as much as any other dispute your company can find itself in. Lawsuits alleging discrimination or wage and hour complaints — these issues, no matter how meritless, must be dealt with efficiently and effectively. And they must be dealt with in a way that is consistent with keeping your business operating as seamlessly as possible.
Personal Injury Defense
If a patron claims to have slipped and fallen on your premises or otherwise suffered injury, we can investigate and fight tort lawsuits filed against you. We can interface with your insurance company and make sure that you are provided the coverage you paid for and are entitled to. If you face an uncovered claim, we will find the quickest path to resolution. When the situation calls for you to stand up and fight, we’re the lawyers you want to take your case all the way to courtroom.