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Mr. O'Hara III

Robert J. O'Hara III

Attorney, Flaherty & O'Hara, PC

Robert “R.J.” O’Hara received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Dayton in 1989 and his B.A. in English in 1985 from the same school. He served as Articles Editor of the University of Dayton Law Review and is a member of the National Honors Society in History. Mr. O’Hara was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar and the U.S. District Court of the Western District of Pennsylvania in 1989. He was a co-founder of the Alliance of Alcohol Industry Attorneys and Consultants and is chair of its Board. He is an associate member of the National Conference of State Liquor Administrators, the National Association of Alcohol Beverage Administrators, the Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys, the National Association of Licensing and Compliance Professionals, HospitalityLawyers.Com. He is often an invited speaker at national and regional conferences on alcohol-related topics. R.J. provides general liquor licensing counsel, handles ownership changes, litigation, citations and administrative hearings, and advises clients on complex national licensing issues arising from mergers, acquisitions and corporate restructuring. He represents investment and financial companies entering the hospitality, restaurant and alcohol manufacturing spaces and he is adept at addressing their unique concerns as they relate to liquor licensing and compliance. He also advises clients on the legality of national alcohol promotions and marketing programs. Mr. O’Hara conducts seminars for clients regarding liquor liability and related restaurant and alcohol management issues, oversees employee integrity testing and employee compliance with employer alcohol policies through the implementation of targeted secret shopper programs and often drafts liquor-oriented legislation. Mr. O’Hara is also a shareholder and board member in a craft brewery, Erie Brewing Company in Erie, PA, maker of Railbender Ale, an award-winning Scotch ale.

Mr. O'Hara III can be contacted at 412-456-2001 or rj@flaherty-ohara.com

Coming up in January 2018...

Mobile Technology: Relentless Innovation

Technology has become a crucial component in attracting and retaining hotel guests, and the need to enhance a guest’s technology experience is driving a relentless pace of innovation. To meet and exceed guest expectations, 54% of hotels will spend more on technology in 2018, and mobile solutions in particular will top the list of capital investments. Many hotels are integrating mobile booking, mobile keys, mobile payments and mobile check-in into their operations. Other hotels are emphasizing the in-room experience, boosting bandwidth and upgrading flat screen TVs to more easily interface with guest mobile devices. And though not yet mainstream, there are many exciting technology developments on the near horizon. The Internet of Things (loT) is taking form in some places, and can be found in guest room control systems, voice activation systems, and in wearable sensors that can be used for access and payment options. Virtual reality headsets are available at some hotels so guests can enjoy virtual trips to exotic locations or if off-property, preview conference facilities and guest rooms. How long will it be before a hotel employs a fleet of robots for room service, or utilizes a hologram as a concierge, or installs gesture-controlled walls that feature interactive digital displays? Some hotels are already using augmented reality for translation services, or interactive wall maps, or even virtual décor. This pace of innovation is challenging property owners and brands to stay on top of the latest technology trends while still addressing current projects. The January Hotel Business Review will explore what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in the mobile technology space.