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Mr. Hunt

John R. Hunt

Attorney, Stokes Wagner Hunt Martez & Terrell, ALC

John Hunt has litigated employment, labor and commercial law cases in over 75 federal and state courts throughout the United States. A substantial portion of this work has been devoted to the defense of businesses in the hospitality and restaurant industries. In addition to representing clients at trials, arbitrations and mediations, he provides counseling and advice on a variety of issues, including those involving, wage and hour requirements, employment discrimination, restrictive covenants, family and medical leave, union relations, contract negotiations and the preparation and implementation of personnel policies. At Stokes Wagner, Mr. Hunt works to provide early, practical assessments of the pros and cons of each case and its potential economic and emotional consequences. Once this occurs, he and his team try to implement the best strategy to win at trial (or sooner) or resolve the dispute in other ways, including through mediation or arbitration. They follow the same approach in counseling and advice where they use their experience in the hospitality industry and with its unique labor and employment issues to identify the best and most practical solutions as quickly as possible. A regular speaker at continuing legal education seminars, Mr. Hunt also helped the firm serve as general counsel to the Georgia Hospitality and Trial Association. Mr. Hunt's practice has included work for Interstate Hotels, Radisson Hotels, Swiss Hotels, TGI Friday's, Rare Hospitality Buena Vista Hospitality Group, Four Seasons Hotels, The Georgia Aquarium, Outback Steakhouse, Ted's Montana Grill, the Krystal Company, Chubb Insurance, and Liberty Insurance Company. Mr. Hunt received his J.D. from the College of William & Mary, his B.S., magna cum laude from Boston University and his B.A., magna cum laude from Boston University.

Mr. Hunt can be contacted at 404-766-0076 or jhunt@stokeswagner.com

Coming up in January 2019...

Mobile Technology: The Future is Now

Mobile Technology continues to advance at a relentless pace and the hotel industry continues to adapt. Hotel guests have shown a strong preference for mobile self-service - from checking-in/out at a hotel kiosk, to ordering room service, making dinner reservations, booking spa treatments, and managing laundry/dry cleaning services. And they also enjoy the convenience of paying for these services with smart phone mobile payments. In addition, some hotels have adopted a “concierge in your pocket” concept. Through a proprietary hotel app, guests can access useful information such as local entertainment venues, tourist attractions, event calendars, and medical facilities and services. In-room entertainment continues to be a key factor, as guests insist on the capacity to plug in their own mobile devices to customize their entertainment choices. Mobile technology also allows for greater marketing opportunities. For example, many hotels have adopted the use of “push notifications” - sending promotions, discounts and special event messages to guests based on their property location, purchase history, profiles, etc. Near field communication (NFC) technology is also being utilized to support applications such as opening room doors, earning loyalty points, renting a bike, accessing a rental car, and more. Finally, some hotels have adopted more futuristic technology. Robots are in use that have the ability to move between floors to deliver room service requests for all kinds of items - food, beverages, towels, toothbrushes, chargers and snacks. And infrared scanners are being used by housekeeping staff that can detect body heat within a room, alerting staff that the room is occupied and they should come back at a later time. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in this exciting mobile technology space.