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Mr. Kravetz

Dana Kravetz

Managing Partner, Michelman & Robinson, LLP

Dana A. Kravetz is the Managing Partner of Michelman & Robinson, LLP (M&R) and leads the firm's Employment Litigation Practice Group. Mr. Kravetz focuses his practice on counseling and litigating on behalf of hotel and resort management. He routinely defends his clients in various employment matters, including discrimination, sexual harassment prevention, wrongful termination, reduction in workforce, hiring practices, and wage and hour issues, including class action litigation. Mr. Kravetz has significant experience with virtually every aspect of employment litigation. Mr. Kravetz frequently handles whistleblower claims, and routinely advises and litigates disputes concerning state and federal acts, including the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). He also assists companies faced with Department of Labor (DOL) audits and Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) claims and audits. He counsels and litigates on behalf of clients in matters involving executive employment contract disputes, independent contractor issues, misclassification and non-competition agreements. Mr. Kravetz adeptly drafts, reviews and negotiates employment contracts and separation agreements, including non-disclosure and trade secret covenants, for executives, management, partnerships and consultants. He advises clients on workplace training, investigations and compliance. Among Mr. Kravetz’s clients are prominent hotels, restaurants and food and beverage wholesalers. Mr. Kravetz was selected for inclusion in the 2015, 2016 and 2017 Best Lawyers in America USA Guide (Labor Law, Management). He has been named to the list of Southern California’s Super Lawyers from 2005-2016, and in both 2015 and 2016 received special recognition as one of the Top 100 attorneys in Southern California by Super Lawyers Magazine. He serves on the Government & Legal Relations Committee of the California Hotel & Lodging Association and is an Advisory Board Member of the Cornell Institute for Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations. Please visit http://www.mrllp.com/professionals-Dana-Kravetz.html for more information.

Mr. Kravetz can be contacted at 310-564-2670 or dkravetz@mrllp.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.