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Mr. Gurule

Julian Gurule

Associate Attorney, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

Julian Gurule is an associate attorney in the Los Angeles office of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP and is a member of the firm's Financial Restructuring Group. Mr. Gurule's practice includes the representation of debtors, secured and unsecured lenders, administrative agents, creditor groups and other interested parties in restructuring situations. His engagements range across a variety of industries, including hotels, casinos, restaurants, media and newspapers, entertainment, real estate development, and manufacturing. Mr. Gurule's representative matters in the hospitality area include serving as debtor's counsel in the chapter 11 cases of Station Casinos, a hotel and casino business based in Southern Nevada, the Silver Legacy Hotel & Casino, Real Mex Restaurants, the owner of casual Mexican restaurant chains, including Chevy's, El Torito, and Acapulco, and the Claim Jumper restaurant chain. Mr. Gurule earned his J.D. from UCLA School of Law, and received his B.A., cum laude, from the University of Washington. He was named a Southern California Rising Star for Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights by Super Lawyers Magazine. Mr. Gurule has written extensively, and is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Financial Lawyers Conference.

Mr. Gurule can be contacted at 213-892-4686 or jgurule@milbank.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.