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Hotel Lawyer — Top Picks for 2006

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3 January 2007
Hotel Lawyer — Top Picks of 2006. Yes, 2006 has been a record year for many in the hospitality industry, and for the hotel lawyers at Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Marmaro LLP. As we have already given our Outlook for 2007, we thought it might be interesting to look back on our Top Pick articles from 2006 from

The Top Picks articles are organized by the major TOPICS on the Blog. We generally tried to select just the top two or three articles for each TOPIC. It was a major struggle to decide where to make the cutoff. If you want more information on a particular TOPIC, you can go to, and search for all articles on that TOPIC. To do that, just scroll down the right hand side, and below the (free) subscription and RSS Feed buttons is the Browse search engine that enables you to sort by TOPIC (or date, or key words, etc.).

Here they are . . .

Top Picks of 2006!


Hospitality Lawyer — Who’s crying “Woof”? What you must know about the ADA requirements for disabled guests and their service animals . . .

Hospitality Lawyer — Landmark ADA case could provide relief for California hotels.


Condo Hotel Lawyer — What is fanning the condo hotel wild fire in Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, China, India and the Middle East?

Condo Hotel Lawyer — Las Vegas Report: What drives successful sellouts today?

Hospitality Lawyer — New model for Condo Hotel regulation? In lieu taxes?

Condo Hotel Fundamentals — 5 Keys to Success!


Hotel Mixed Use development gets a big boost from Barry Sternlicht’s “1” Hotel and Residences brand and Waldorf=Astoria Residences in Las Vegas

Hospitality Lawyer — Trump’s luxury residential mixed-use project in Hawaii sells out in 8 hours. New sales record claimed.

Condo Hotels’ Enduring Legacy: Hotel-Enhanced Mixed-Use

BRANDS (TOPIC is “Management and Franchise Agreements”)

Hospitality Lawyer on hotel brands — How far will the pendulum swing? What’s in a name? Just ask Starwood, Hilton . . . Coca-Cola or Procter & Gamble

Hospitality Lawyer Baja Mexico — So what’s a brand? How did Trump get into this conversation?


Hotel Lawyer — What do the InterContinental takeover rumors mean? Why IHG? Why now? Who will win the bid?

Hospitality Lawyer — Why we’re building hotels in India like crazy!


Hotel Labor & Employment Lawyer Report — Unite Here gets slapped for outrageous behavior! Sutter Health Implications Part I

Hotel Labor & Employment — Unite Here goes too far. Class action suit by employees for invasion of privacy provides critical limits on union organizing activities.

Hotel Lawyer: What to do when the hotel union comes knocking! Neutrality agreements, card-check agreements and peace agreements.


Hospitality Lawyer — Coachella Valley Development in focus. Fastest growing area in Southern California


Hospitality Lawyer — What women really want!

Hospitality Lawyer on hotel mixed-use development projects in China, India, Mexico, the Caribbean, Guam — What the experts say now.

Hospitality Lawyer — Hotels in China, India and Mexico are capturing the imagination and resources of the hotel industry


CMBS Hotel Loans: Is that a train wreck ahead or just a “pig going through the python”?

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