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Mr. Dewey

Josias Dewey

Partner, Holland & Knight LLP

Josias N. Dewey is a partner with Holland & Knight LLP and the leader of the firm's Miami Real Estate Practice Group. He is a financial services and real estate attorney and is considered a thought leader on blockchain and distributed ledger technology. He is the co-author of “The Blockchain: A Guide for Legal and Business Professionals,” the first-ever book on blockchain technology and the law.

Mr. Dewey regularly represents a diverse group of banks and other financial institutions, from large international banks to local community banks, as well as insurance companies and investment funds involved in finance transactions. His finance practice encompasses a broad range of asset classes and transaction structures, including real estate financing, healthcare real estate finance and asset-based lending, such as receivable, inventory, equipment and working capital facilities. He has significant experience representing both lead lenders and participant lenders in participations, syndicated transactions and other co-lending arrangements.

Mr. Dewey also is an experienced software developer who has developed workflow applications to speed up the lifecycle of financing and other transactions by reducing the inefficiencies caused by repetitive, process-level tasks.

Mr. Dewey has written and spoken extensively on blockchain, distributed ledger technology and the convergence of tradition human-prose contracts and computer code-based “smart contracts.” He combines his technical understanding with his experience addressing the legal and regulatory issues that surround the use of blockchain in a broad range of applications. As applied to blockchain and distributed ledger technology,.

Mr. Dewey has experience in several substantive areas of the law outside his traditional area of practice. He also is an adjunct professor of law at the University of Miami School of Law, teaching a real estate transactions course where he places heavy emphasis on how technology is changing the way transactions are structured and counterparty risks are allocated.

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

Mr. Dewey can be contacted at 305-789-7746 or joe.dewey@hklaw.com

Coming up in December 2020...

Hotel Law: Protecting Guest Privacy

Every business is obligated to protect their customers from identity theft but unfortunately, data breaches have become all too common. In an effort to protect a guest's right to privacy and to safeguard their personal data, the European Union passed a General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that could hold hotels legally liable for any breaches that expose a customer's sensitive personal information. Though the GDPR only pertains to EU citizens' data, any international business that mishandles their data can be legally responsible. Another legal issue of concern is the fight involving hotel "resort fees." Several states attorney generals have recently filed suit against two major hotel chains in an effort to litigate this practice. Their suit alleges that these companies are "engaged in deceptive and misleading pricing practices and their failure to disclose fees is in violation of consumer protection laws." The suit seeks to force the hotel chains to advertise the true price of their hotel rooms. There are several other legal issues that the industry is being forced to address. Sexual harassment prevention in the workplace is still top of mind for hotel employers-particularly in New York and California, which now statutorily require harassment training. Hotels and motels in California will also soon be required to train all their employees on human trafficking awareness. Immigration issues are also of major concern to hotel employers, especially in the midst of a severe labor shortage. The government is issuing fewer H2B visas for low-skilled workers, as well as J-1 visas for temporary workers. Though there is little hope for any comprehensive immigration reform, hotel lobbying groups are actively seeking legal remedies to alleviate this problem. These are just a few of the critical issues that the December issue of the Hotel Business Review will examine in the area of hotel law.