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Mr. Brewer III

William A. Brewer III

Managing Partner, Bickel & Brewer

Mr. Brewer Co-Founding & Co-Managing Partner of Bickel & Brewer has earned a reputation as one of the most successful attorneys in the United States practicing in the field of complex commercial litigation and dispute resolution. Under Mr. Brewer's direction, Bickel & Brewer has become renowned for its innovative handling of major disputes in a number of industries, including the hospitality industry. Not only has his work in this area changed the state of the law, but it also has resulted in the formulation of creative solutions to countless problems confronting the industry. The firm has represented hotel franchisors, management companies, owners, developers, and investors in many of the highest-profile matters in the industry. Mr. Brewer is frequently published on a wide range of legal and business issues effecting the hospitality industry. Testament to the significance of Mr. Brewer's advocacy are the news organizations that routinely mention his work. In the past few years alone, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Hotel Management, and Hotel Business, to name a few, have reported on hospitality matters in which Mr. Brewer is involved. He is a member of several leading industry associations, including the American Hotel & Motel Association and the Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys. Beyond these associations, Mr. Brewer is active in a broad range of professional groups and philanthropic organizations. He serves as chairman of the Bickel & Brewer Foundation and is a member of the boards of trustees of New York University, Albany Law School and Paul Quinn College. Born and raised on Long Island, New York, Mr. Brewer received his bachelor of arts degree, *cum laude*, from St. John's University in 1974, and his juris doctor, *cum laude*, from the Albany Law School of Union University in 1977. Thereafter, Mr. Brewer attended New York University School of Law where he received a Master of Laws in Trade Regulation in 1978. Mr. Brewer is admitted to practice in Texas and New York, and in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Federal Circuits.

Mr. Brewer III can be contacted at 214.653.4000 or wbrewer@bickelbrewer.com

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.