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Mr. Brewer III

William A. Brewer III

Managing Partner, Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors

William A. Brewer III is a founding partner of Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors, with offices in New York and Dallas. Under Mr. Brewer's direction, the firm has become renowned for its successful handling of major disputes in a number of industries, including the hospitality industry.

The firm has represented hotel franchisors, management companies, owners, developers, and investors in many of the highest-profile matters in the industry. Mr. Brewer is frequently published on a wide range of legal and business issues affecting the hospitality industry. He is a member of several leading industry associations, including the American Hotel & Motel Association and the Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys.

Beyond these associations, Mr. Brewer is active in a broad range of professional groups and philanthropic organizations. He serves as chairman of the Brewer Foundation and is a member of the boards of trustees of Albany Law School and Paul Quinn College.

A former trustee of New York University, Mr. Brewer was born and raised on Long Island, New York. He received his bachelor of arts degree, cum laude, from St. John's University in 1974, followed in 1977 by his Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from Albany Law School of Union University. Thereafter, Mr. Brewer attended New York University School of Law, where he received a master of laws degree in trade regulation in 1978.

Please visit http://www.brewerattorneys.com for more information.

Mr. Brewer III can be contacted at +1 212-489-1400 or wab@brewerattorneys.com

Coming up in December 2020...

Hotel Law: Protecting Guest Privacy

Every business is obligated to protect their customers from identity theft but unfortunately, data breaches have become all too common. In an effort to protect a guest's right to privacy and to safeguard their personal data, the European Union passed a General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that could hold hotels legally liable for any breaches that expose a customer's sensitive personal information. Though the GDPR only pertains to EU citizens' data, any international business that mishandles their data can be legally responsible. Another legal issue of concern is the fight involving hotel "resort fees." Several states attorney generals have recently filed suit against two major hotel chains in an effort to litigate this practice. Their suit alleges that these companies are "engaged in deceptive and misleading pricing practices and their failure to disclose fees is in violation of consumer protection laws." The suit seeks to force the hotel chains to advertise the true price of their hotel rooms. There are several other legal issues that the industry is being forced to address. Sexual harassment prevention in the workplace is still top of mind for hotel employers-particularly in New York and California, which now statutorily require harassment training. Hotels and motels in California will also soon be required to train all their employees on human trafficking awareness. Immigration issues are also of major concern to hotel employers, especially in the midst of a severe labor shortage. The government is issuing fewer H2B visas for low-skilled workers, as well as J-1 visas for temporary workers. Though there is little hope for any comprehensive immigration reform, hotel lobbying groups are actively seeking legal remedies to alleviate this problem. These are just a few of the critical issues that the December issue of the Hotel Business Review will examine in the area of hotel law.