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Mr. DeNapoli

Al DeNapoli

Partner, Tarlow Breed Hart & Rodgers, P.C.

Al DeNapoli is a partner of the Boston-based law firm, Tarlow Breed Hart & Rodgers, P.C. Mr. DeNapoli is chairman of the firm's hospitality practice group and provides legal expertise on issues such as franchising, leasing and licensing to clients that range from nationally known chains to local restaurants and lodging businesses. Additionally, he concentrates a portion of his practice in the areas of civil litigation, including complex business issues that relate to contract and shareholder disputes, and employment problems. Realizing the importance of community and industry involvement, Mr. DeNapoli is affiliated with numerous boards and associations. In 2006, Mr. DeNapoli was elected as an editorial board member for the national publication, Hotel Business Review. He is a member of the Massachusetts Lodging Association and was recently named to the Massachusetts Restaurant Association board of directors. For four years he had served as finance committee chairman for the Town of Walpole, Mass., and is presently on the town's board of selectmen. In the Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce, he sits on the executive committee of its board of directors. He is also the current national president of the Commission for Social Justice for the Order Sons of Italy in America. Mr. DeNapoli is a member of both the Massachusetts and Boston bar associations; serves on the board of directors for the Massachusetts Restaurant Association; and has earned numerous awards for his legal expertise. He has twice been selected as a "Super Lawyer" in a survey of his peers across Massachusetts. The honor is awarded annually to the top five percent of lawyers practicing throughout the state. Mr. DeNapoli was also recently appointed a Master by the Massachusetts Superior Court. Mr. DeNapoli graduated cum laude from Boston College and earned an MA from the University of Maryland. He graduated magna cum laude from the New England School of Law.

Mr. DeNapoli can be contacted at 617-218-2024 or adenapoli@tbhr-law.com

Coming up in December 2019...

Hotel Law: A Labor Crisis and Cyber Security

According to a recent study, the hospitality industry accounted for 2.9 trillion dollars in sales and in the U.S. alone, was responsible for 1 in 9 jobs. In an industry of that scope and dimension, legal issues touch every aspect of a hotel's operation, and legal services are required in order to conform to all prevailing laws and regulations. Though not all hotels face the same issues, there are some industry-wide subjects that are of concern more broadly. One of those matters is the issue of immigration and how it affects the ability of hotels to recruit qualified employees. The hotel industry is currently facing a labor crisis; the U.S. Labor Department estimates that there are 600,000 unfilled jobs in the industry. Part of the problem contributing to this labor shortage is the lack of H2B visas for low-skilled workers, combined with the difficulty in obtaining J-1 visas for temporary workers. Because comprehensive immigration reform is not being addressed politically, hotel managers expect things are going to get worse before they get better. Corporate cyber security is another major legal issue the industry must address. Hotels are under enormous pressure in this area given the large volume of customer financial transactions they handle daily. Recently, a federal court ruled that the Federal Trade Commission had the power to regulate corporate cyber security, so it is incumbent on hotels to establish data security programs in order to prevent data breaches. The lack of such programs could cause hotels to face legal threats from government agencies, class action lawsuits, and damage to their brand image if a data breach should occur. These are just two of the critical issues that the December issue of Hotel Business Review will examine in the area of hotel law.