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Mr. Croley

Daniel Croley

Labor and Employment & Litigation, Futterman & Dupree

Dan Croley advises primarily employers on all aspects of employment law with special emphasis on difficult terminations, drafting and implementing company policies, non-compete agreements, protecting proprietary information, and non-solicitation issues. His clients range from Fortune 500 to medium and small corporations. Litigation And Dispute Resolution: Dan has resolved numerous cases in mediation and litigated in federal and state courts, as well as before federal and state agencies. Preventative Counseling: Dan regularly advises employers on practical, in depth compliance with employment and labor laws, focusing on organizational and operational needs. Executive Representation: Dan also represents executives in negotiating and drafting employment agreements and in dispute resolution. Since 1991, Dan has practiced continuously in the area of labor and employment law. Before joining the firm, Dan was formerly a shareholder in Littler Mendelson's San Francisco offices, and was Of Counsel at Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison's Palo Alto offices. Dan Croley is a graduate of University of Minnesota Law School, (J.D., Dean's List, 1991); a Member of State Bar of California, admitted in 1991 and is admitted in U.S. Supreme Court; 9th Circuit and the District of Columbia U.S. Courts of Appeal; and Northern and Eastern U.S. District Courts of California, and Eastern District of Washington.

Mr. Croley can be contacted at 650-867-0197 or dcroley@dfdlaw.com

Coming up in September 2020...

Hotel Group Meetings: Demand vs. Supply

It is a great time for hotel group meetings. It is expected that once again this sector will grow by 5-10% in 2020, partly due to the increasing value of in-person group meetings. Because people now spend so much time in front of their screens, face-to-face interactions have become a more treasured commodity in our modern world. Plus, the use of social media reinforces the value of engagement, discussion, conversation, and networking - all areas where group meetings shine. Despite this rosy outlook, there is a concern that demand for meetings far exceeds the supply of suitable venues and hotels. There are very few "big box" properties with 500-plus rooms and extensive conference facilities being built, and this shortage of inventory could pose a serious challenge for meeting planners. In addition to location concerns, the role of the meeting planner has also evolved significantly. Planners are no longer just meeting coordinators - they are de facto travel agents. Cultural interactions, local dining, experiential travel, and team-building activities are all now a part of their meeting mix. Plus, they have to cater to evolving tastes. Millennials are insisting on healthier venues and activities, and to meet their demands, hotels are making yoga breaks, fresh-pressed juices, plant-based diets, state-of-the-art gyms, and locally-sourced menus available. Millennials are also insisting that meeting venues practice Corporate Social Responsibility, which means upholding sustainable and ethical values; investment in the local community; health and well-being of employees; and general business practices that reflect being good citizens of the planet. Finally, there is a growing trend to merge meetings with other local events, such as music festivals, sporting events, and cultural attractions. The December Hotel Business Review will report on issues relevant to group meetings and will document what some hotels are doing to support this part of their operations.