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Mr. Kravetz

Dana Kravetz

Managing Partner, Michelman & Robinson, LLP

Dana A. Kravetz is the Managing Partner of Michelman & Robinson, LLP (M&R) and leads the firm's Employment Litigation Practice Group. Mr. Kravetz focuses his practice on counseling and litigating on behalf of hotel and resort management. He routinely defends his clients in various employment matters, including discrimination, sexual harassment prevention, wrongful termination, reduction in workforce, hiring practices, and wage and hour issues, including class action litigation.

Mr. Kravetz has significant experience with virtually every aspect of employment litigation. Mr. Kravetz frequently handles whistleblower claims, and routinely advises and litigates disputes concerning state and federal acts, including the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA).

Mr. Kravetz also assists companies faced with Department of Labor (DOL) audits and Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) claims and audits. He counsels and litigates on behalf of clients in matters involving executive employment contract disputes, independent contractor issues, misclassification and non-competition agreements.

Mr. Kravetz adeptly drafts, reviews and negotiates employment contracts and separation agreements, including non-disclosure and trade secret covenants, for executives, management, partnerships and consultants. He advises clients on workplace training, investigations and compliance.

Among Mr. Kravetz's clients are prominent hotels, restaurants and food and beverage wholesalers. Mr. Kravetz was selected for inclusion in the 2015, 2016 and 2017 Best Lawyers in America USA Guide (Labor Law, Management). He has been named to the list of Southern California's Super Lawyers from 2005-2016, and in both 2015 and 2016 received special recognition as one of the Top 100 attorneys in Southern California by Super Lawyers Magazine.

Mr. Kravetz serves on the Government & Legal Relations Committee of the California Hotel & Lodging Association and is an Advisory Board Member of the Cornell Institute for Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations.

Please visit http://www.mrllp.com/professionals-Dana-Kravetz.html for more information.

Mr. Kravetz can be contacted at 310-564-2670 or dkravetz@mrllp.com

Coming up in July 2018...

Hotel Spa: Oasis Unplugged

The driving force in current hotel spa trends is the effort to manage unprecedented levels of stress experienced by their clients. Feeling increasingly overwhelmed by demanding careers and technology overload, people are craving places where they can go to momentarily escape the rigors of their daily lives. As a result, spas are positioning themselves as oases of unplugged human connection, where mindfulness and contemplation activities are becoming increasingly important. One leading hotel spa offers their clients the option to experience their treatments in total silence - no music, no talking, and no advice from the therapist - just pure unadulterated silence. Another leading hotel spa is working with a reputable medical clinic to develop a “digital detox” initiative, in which clients will be encouraged to unplug from their devices and engage in mindfulness activities to alleviate the stresses of excessive technology use. Similarly, other spas are counseling clients to resist allowing technology to monopolize their lives, and to engage in meditation and gratitude exercises in its place. The goal is to provide clients with a warm, inviting and tranquil sanctuary from the outside world, in addition to also providing genuine solutions for better sleep, proper nutrition, stress management and natural self-care. To accomplish this, some spas are incorporating a variety of new approaches - cryotherapy, Himalayan salt therapy and ayurveda treatments are becoming increasingly popular. Other spas are growing their own herbs and performing their treatments in lush outdoor gardens. Some spa therapists are being trained to assess a client's individual movement patterns to determine the most beneficial treatment specifically for them. The July issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these trends and developments and examine how some hotel spas are integrating them into their operations.