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Ms. Munar

J. Drei Munar

Associate, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

J. Drei Munar is an associate attorney with law firm Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP. Based in the firm's San Francisco office, Ms. Kurth understands that the business interests and long-term objectives of each client should drive litigation, and she approaches her role as an advocate with their goals in mind.

Her practice focuses on complex employment, wage and hour, and public accommodations litigation. Ms. Kurth represents employers in the defense of wrongful termination, discrimination and harassment claims, wage and hour class and collective actions, and public accommodations disputes.

Before joining the firm, Ms. Kurth gained valuable experience representing workers and victims of police misconduct in individual and class action litigation. Having previously litigated on the plaintiff-side, she has developed an interdisciplinary perspective that allows her to anticipate opposing arguments and counter with effective defense strategies.

Among her various litigation experiences, Ms. Kurth has defended statewide wage and hour class actions against financial services client presenting meal period, rest break, off-the-clock, wage deduction, and other claims. She has also handled the national and regional dockets of public accommodations litigation for multiple clients in matters involving architectural design and construction as well as website accessibility (California, Florida, Georgia and New York).

Ms. Kurth earned her J.D. from New York University School of Law in 2014 and her B.A. in Public Economy from the University of California, Berkeley in 2010. She is a member of the Bar Association of San Francisco, and she is admitted to practice law in both California and New York.

Please visit http://www.huntonak.com/en/ for more information.

Ms. Munar can be contacted at +1 415-975-3707 or jdreimunar@HuntonAK.com

Coming up in November 2020...

Hotel Design: Home Away From Home

With the rise of the sharing economy and the peer-to-peer marketplace for lodging options, hoteliers are re-thinking the look, feel and appeal of their locations. There is an emphasis on re-creating a feeling of homeyness - a comfortable, cozy and inviting space that feels like home. 'This is accomplished through the careful selection of furniture design, paint colors, lighting design, artwork, bathroom fixtures and textile accessories. In addition, some hotels are providing their guests with upscale amenities, such as a book and movie library, home-style kitchenettes, a coffee machine with locally-sourced beans and tea, or even a batch of fresh-baked cookies. Similarly, there is a growing design trend based on the concept of place-making. Travelers are searching for experiences that are unique and authentic to the locale in which they find themselves, and so hotel designers are integrating a sense of place into their work. This is partially achieved by incorporating traditional artisanal crafts and other local artwork into hotel rooms and communal spaces. Another design trend includes the creation of full-service, co-working environments within the hotel. Guests don't like to stay alone in their room when they need to work, so now they can go downstairs to the lobby-or up to the roof-to work among others. These areas encourage guests - and non-guests alike - to stay as long as they like and to partake of hotel amenities. Finally, recognizing the importance of the Wellness Movement, some designers are exploring how room design can increase the likelihood of deep and restorative sleep. Creating dark and quiet spaces, blocking excessive light, providing guests with a selection of different kinds of pillows, and the ability to control room temperature, are a few of the best practices in this area. These are some of the architecture and design topics that will be covered in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.