Hospitality & Retail

Hospitality and retail businesses face a myriad of complex legal and business issues.

Whether your legal needs are regional, national, or international in scope, ALFA International’s network of law firms provides the experience and local knowledge needed to navigate your company’s risks and unexpected challenges in the ever-changing world of hospitality and retail.

Across the United States and around the globe, today’s hospitality and retail businesses constitute one of the world’s most vibrant and economically active sectors. But the very nature of the hospitality and retail industries poses a host of potential legal issues, from low-risk routine matters to issues with potentially devastating consequences to your company.

ALFA International’s Hospitality & Retail Practice Group focuses on helping its national and global clients—hotels, restaurants, bars, retailers, grocery stores, resorts and spas, amusement parks, sports venues, gyms and health clubs, event entertainment venues—navigate the litigation minefields they encounter.

With attorneys from law firms around the globe, the Hospitality & Retail Practice Group provides seasoned experience and local knowledge to help your company stay ahead of the curve in the ever-changing areas of hospitality and retail law.

Areas of Focus

  • Premises liability litigation
  • Safety and security failures
  • Labor and employment liability
  • Federal and state regulatory legislation
  • Workplace violence
  • Food and beverage liability, including food-borne illnesses
  • Franchisee/franchisor issues
  • Liquor liability
  • Sanitation failures
  • Menu labeling and advertising misrepresentations
  • Crisis management
  • Trademark litigation
  • Business litigation matters

Client Advisory Board (CAB)

The ALFA International Hospitality Practice Group is grateful to have the following clients contribute to our ongoing success by participating in our Client Advisory Board:

  • Rob Bertram, Chief Legal Officer, Cava Group
  • Ben Gross, Chief People Officer & General Counsel,
  • Mary Haefer, In Transition
  • Jennifer Lankford, Associate General Counsel, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store
  • Latrice Lee, Senior Corporate Counsel, Labor and Employment, Alaska Air
  • Erik Lindseth, Vice President and General Counsel, Lifetime Fitness Co.
  • David Marshall, VP & Associate GC, Litigation, Dispute Resolution and Risk Management, ILG, Inc
  • Jacqueline Murphy (“Jackie”), Associate General Counsel, Flynn Restaurant Group
  • Jason Schiesser, Associate General Counsel, Simon Property Group
  • Donna Simms, Senior Corporate Claims Manager, Albertsons Companies


Benjamin W. Jones
Knoxville, TN
United States
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Barath Raman
Indianapolis, IN
United States
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Julia Jimenez
Oxford, MS
United States
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Mackenzie Monaco
Albany, NY
United States
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Practice Areas

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Upcoming Events

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Past Events


2024 Hospitality & Retail Practice Group Seminar

The 2024 ALFA International Hospitality & Retail Practice Group Seminar will take place ...

2023 Hospitality & Retail Practice Group Seminar

The 2023 ALFA International Hospitality & Retail Seminar took place on January 25-27, 2023...

2022 Hospitality & Retail Practice Group Regional Seminar (Nashville, TN)

The Hospitality & Retail Practice Group hosted a regional seminar on Novem...

Publications & News


Lewis Thomason (Knoxville & Nashville, TN) Shareholder Benjamin W. Jones Appointed Chair of ALFA International’s Hospitality and Retail Practice Group

Benjamin W. Jones, a shareholder in Lewis Thomason’s Knoxville office, has been appointed chair of ALFA International’s Hospit...

Developments for Cannabis in the Hospitality and Retail Industry

It has been approximately 12 years since recreational marijuana was legalized in Colorado.  There were a handful of early adopter...

The Employer Strikes Back — Battling the “Dark Side” of the Rising Employee Strike Culture

Introduction Employees’ rights to engage in protected and concerted activity in the workplace have expanded in recent m...