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Mr. Kravetz

Dana Kravetz

Managing Partner, Michelman & Robinson, LLP

Dana A. Kravetz is the Firm Managing Partner of Michelman & Robinson, LLP (M&R), a national law firm headquartered in Los Angeles, with additional offices in Orange County (California), San Francisco, Chicago and New York City.

Also the leader of M&R's Hospitality Industry Group, Mr. Kravetz focuses his practice on the representation of hotel and restaurant management, specializing in a range of employment law matters - discrimination, wrongful termination, whistleblower and class action litigation, sexual harassment prevention, workforce reduction, hiring best practices and wage and hour issues, among them.

In addition, Mr. Kravetz advises and litigates on behalf of clients in connection with executive employment contract disputes; independent contractor and misclassification issues; and non-competition, separation and non-disclosure agreements. He handles workplace training, investigations, compliance and audits as well.

A hospitality industry authority, Mr. Kravetz is an active participant in the space. He sits on the Advisory Board for the Cornell Institute for Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations and the Planning Committee for the Americas Lodging Investment Summit Law Conference. In both roles, he collaborates to identify hot topics facing hoteliers and develop programming to educate them.

Mr. Kravetz is also involved in the American Hotel & Lodging Association, and he is a member of the Government & Legal Relations Committee of the California Hotel & Lodging Association. There is more. He frequently speaks at national and regional hospitality industry conferences and events (like ALIS Law and HR in Hospitality), and he regularly contributes articles to HotelExecutive.

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

Mr. Kravetz can be contacted at +1 310-299-5500 or dkravetz@mrllp.com

Coming up in May 2020...

Eco-Friendly Practices: Creative Innovation

Being eco-friendly is no longer a fad. It is an urgent planetary need and hotels are actively doing their part to reduce their carbon footprint by implementing sustainable, green practices. In addition to the goodwill derived from doing the right thing, hotels are also realizing the benefits to their business. A large percentage of Millennials expect hotels to be eco-friendly and will only patronize those properties that are proudly conforming. Consequently, more hotels are realizing that sustainability is a key element in a successful branding strategy. In addition, going green can lead to a more profitable bottom line, as savings on electricity, water and cleaning materials can add up. Also, there are other advantages that come with being an eco-friendly business, such as government subsidies and tax and loan incentives. As a result, many hotels are finding innovative ways to integrate eco-friendly practices into their business. Geo-thermal energy systems, along with energy-from-waste systems, are being used to heat and cool the property. Passive solar panels, green roofs, natural lighting and natural ventilation strategies also assist in energy conservation. Low-flow water systems and plumbing fixtures make a contribution, as does eco-friendly hardwood flooring, and energy efficient televisions and appliances throughout the property. In addition, some hotels have implemented in-room recycling programs, and only provide all-natural, personal care items. One hotel has actually constructed a bee-keeping operation on their grounds. Not only is this good for the bees but the hotel also produces products from the operation which they sell. This kind of creative innovation also holds enormous appeal to guests. The May issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to integrate sustainable practices into their operations and how they are benefiting from them.