Editorial Board   Guest Author

Mr. Lannan

Robert Lannan

Principal, Lannan Legal PLLC

Robert W. Lannan is the Principal of Lannan Legal PLLC. Mr. Lannan has practiced law for 22 years, 12 of them in the hospitality industry. He represents owners and operators of hotels, restaurants, private clubs and other hospitality businesses in a variety of transactions, including sales, financings, joint venture agreements, management agreements, franchise agreements, and general commercial transactions matters related to operations of hospitality businesses. Before beginning his private practice, Mr. Lannan was a Vice President and Senior Counsel at Hilton Worldwide, Inc., where he led a group of attorneys responsible for advising the company on operation of all of its owned and managed hotels worldwide.

Earlier, he was a Vice President and Senior Counsel at Marriott International, Inc., where he represented that company in transactions involving hotels in the United States as well as the United Kingdom, the Middle East and Africa. Mr. Lannan is a Founding Co-Chair of the Hotel & Lodging Legal Summit, an annual continuing legal education conference at Georgetown University Law Center.? He also serves on the faculty of Georgetown University's Global Hospitality Leadership graduate program. He has served as the Chair of the American Bar Association Hotels, Resorts and Tourism Committee. Before joining the hospitality industry, Mr. Lannan practiced in two international law firms and as a Captain in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps.

He received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and his B.A., magna cum laude, from Georgetown University. He also holds an LL.M. in Environmental Law, with highest honors, from The George Washington University.

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

Mr. Lannan can be contacted at +1 202-223-8901 or robert.lannan@lannanlegal.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.