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Ms. Jarvis

Judi Jarvis

Vice President of Legal Affairs , Vantage Hospitality Group, Inc.

Judi Jarvis is the Vice President of Legal Affairs for Vantage Hospitality Group, Inc., and its affiliated companies, brands, and divisions, including Americas Best Value Inn, Lexington Hotels by Vantage, Vantage Hotel Management, Brown Nester Hospitality Services, Vantage Insurance Services, and Cruise Inn RV Parks. As Vantage's chief legal officer, Judi Jarvis oversees all of the legal aspects of the company's business, including new member development; acquisitions; corporate finance; real estate development; investments; marketing; promotions; guest relations; international licensing; intellectual property protection; new concept roll-outs; privacy; post-termination procedures; and litigation management. Prior to joining the Vantage family in 2008, Ms. Jarvis was the chief legal officer of a South Florida maritime company and served as special counsel to public and private companies in such diverse industries as travel, leisure, and entertainment; gambling; financial services; healthcare and pharmaceuticals; information technology and communications; publishing; real estate; and mining. Ms. Jarvis has a B.A. from New York University and a J.D. cum laude from the University of Miami, where she was the editor-in-chief of the Inter-American Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif. After graduation, Ms. Jarvis clerked for the Chief Judge of the U.S. Claims Court, in Washington, D.C., before returning to South Florida, where she was an associate in the corporate and securities departments of two large firms. After co-founding a technology start-up and serving as its general counsel, Ms. Jarvis opened her own law practice to assist entrepreneurs with complex legal issues. Ms. Jarvis is consistently recognized by clients for learning and respecting their business objectives and for creating effective legal solutions that support those objectives.

Ms. Jarvis can be contacted at 877-311-2378 ext 147 or jjavrivs@vantagehospitality.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.