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Mr. Weber

Steven D. Weber

Managing Partner, Stark Weber PLLC

Steven D. Weber, is Managing Partner of Stark Weber PLLC and chairs the firm's Conflict Resolution practice areas.

Mr. Weber began his career in New York, as an attorney for one of the largest public law offices in the world. There, he provided legal advice to clients ranging from elected officials to government agencies with budgets of over $1 billion, with respect to a number of sophisticated and large matters, some of which were the subject of national and local media attention.

After transitioning to private practice with law firms in New York and Florida, Mr. Weber successfully aided individuals, management of private companies, and even other counsel through numerous public and private scenarios. Prior to founding Stark Weber PLLC, he was the founding shareholder of Weber Law, P.A.

Since moving to Florida in 2012, Mr. Weber has been involved in the community in various ways. Steve is a member of the Emory Alumni Leadership Board - Miami Chapter and is a Board member and an Executive Committee member of the Miami Children's Museum. He co-founded the Museum's Playmaker's Group, which seeks to involve Young Professionals and their families with the Museum.

In addition, Mr. Weber has participated in his local community by serving on the Board of Directors of the Miami Shores Chamber of Commerce, and was appointed to the Miami Shores Village Recreational Advisory Board, where he was elected Vice-Chair.

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

Mr. Weber can be contacted at +1 305-377-8788 or steve@starkweber.com

Coming up in December 2019...

Hotel Law: A Labor Crisis and Cyber Security

According to a recent study, the hospitality industry accounted for 2.9 trillion dollars in sales and in the U.S. alone, was responsible for 1 in 9 jobs. In an industry of that scope and dimension, legal issues touch every aspect of a hotel's operation, and legal services are required in order to conform to all prevailing laws and regulations. Though not all hotels face the same issues, there are some industry-wide subjects that are of concern more broadly. One of those matters is the issue of immigration and how it affects the ability of hotels to recruit qualified employees. The hotel industry is currently facing a labor crisis; the U.S. Labor Department estimates that there are 600,000 unfilled jobs in the industry. Part of the problem contributing to this labor shortage is the lack of H2B visas for low-skilled workers, combined with the difficulty in obtaining J-1 visas for temporary workers. Because comprehensive immigration reform is not being addressed politically, hotel managers expect things are going to get worse before they get better. Corporate cyber security is another major legal issue the industry must address. Hotels are under enormous pressure in this area given the large volume of customer financial transactions they handle daily. Recently, a federal court ruled that the Federal Trade Commission had the power to regulate corporate cyber security, so it is incumbent on hotels to establish data security programs in order to prevent data breaches. The lack of such programs could cause hotels to face legal threats from government agencies, class action lawsuits, and damage to their brand image if a data breach should occur. These are just two of the critical issues that the December issue of Hotel Business Review will examine in the area of hotel law.