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Mr. Gonzalez

Luis J. Gonzalez

Attorney Litigation Practice & Alcohol Beverage Team, Holland & Knight

Luis J. Gonzalez is an attorney in the Litigation Practice and Alcohol Beverage Team in Holland & Knight's Orlando office. From providing representation in employment matters and contract disputes to advising how to obtain a distributor or restaurant liquor license and AB&T regulatory compliance, Mr. Gonzalez offers clients an in-depth understanding of a broad subject matter. Mr. Gonzalez helps clients enforce restrictive covenants, protect trade secrets, conduct internal investigations, and resolve contract disputes and business torts. In addition, he represents employers in litigation involving a broad range of employment-related matters, including claims of discrimination, wage and hour violations, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), whistleblower/retaliation and sexual harassment. He represents clients before federal and state courts and in arbitration. Mr. Gonzalez counsels companies on handling performance evaluations and employee terminations, as well as other related issues such as implementing and enforcing effective policies and procedures to avoid litigation. Previously, Mr. Gonzalez was in law enforcement as a uniformed and undercover investigator, SWAT team member and K-9 handler. He also served as a special agent and special agent supervisor with the Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco. This unique background offers clients a valuable perspective on navigating the heavily regulated alcohol beverage industry. Mr. Gonzalez counsels all segments of the alcohol industry - including brand owners, wholesale distributors, restaurants, hotels, bars, non-profits, and clubs - in regulatory compliance, liquor licenses, distribution, retail sales, promotions, marketing and administrative enforcement actions. Additionally, he assists with land use matters and mergers and acquisitions involving liquor licensing.

Please visit http://www.hklaw.com for more information.

Mr. Gonzalez can be contacted at 407-244-1163 or luis.gonzalez@hklaw.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.