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Hotel Lawyers in JMBM’s Global Hospitality Group® Add Industry Leader

15 January 2009

Jim Abrams brings decades of hotel experience and relationships to the team
Jim Abrams, a hotel industry leader and former CH&LA President, has joined JMBM’s Global Hospitality Group®. In addition to bringing decades of hotel experience and relationships to the team, he looks forward to contributing to the Group’s work on hotel management agreements, labor union and employment issues, and ADA issues, as well as expanding the Group’s capabilities in legislative and regulatory affairs.

Jim%20Abrams%20blog%20photo%201-15-09%20.jpgLOS ANGELES – January 15, 2009 – Former California Hotel & Lodging Association (CH&LA) President and CEO, James O. Abrams, has joined the internationally recognized Global Hospitality Group® of Jeffer Mangels Butler & Marmaro LLP (JMBM). He will dedicate his practice to hospitality law on a wide variety of legal, governmental and operational issues.

“We are very pleased to have Jim Abrams join our team,” said Jim Butler, Chairman of the Global Hospitality Group® and author of “His great hotel industry relationships, years of experience in the legislative and regulatory arena, and wonderful pragmatic approach – all continue the solid enhancement of our world-class team of hotel lawyers.”

From January 1991 through December 31, 2008, Abrams was President and CEO of the CH&LA. Prior to that, he was engaged in the private practice of law in San Francisco for 20 years, and was legal counsel to the Association for much of that time.

Abrams has represented many owners and operators of hotels and other lodging establishments in a wide range of issues. He is the author of the book Laws Pertaining to the California Innkeeper (3rd rev. ed., 2002), which is published by the CH&LA, and is a frequent speaker and writer on all aspects of the law relating to the lodging industry. In his capacity as President & CEO of CH&LA, Abrams was responsible for, among many other things, management of the Association’s legislative and regulatory affairs programs.

“I am proud to be the newest member of JMBM’s prestigious Global Hospitality Group,” said Mr. Abrams. “I look forward to contributing to the Group’s work on hotel management agreements, labor union and employment issues, and the Americans with Disabilities Act, in addition to expanding the Group’s capabilities in the area of legislative and regulatory affairs.”

Abrams is an adjunct professor, teaching Hospitality Law and Human Resource Issues, in the Hospitality Industry Management Program at the University of San Francisco. He is also the recipient of the 2009 Anthony G. Marshall Hospitality Law Award.

You can contact Jim Abrams at 415.398-9679 or

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