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Ms. Samsel

Christine Samsel

Attorney, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

Christine Samsel is a highly respected labor and employment attorney with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck.

Ms. Samsel advises employers on virtually every aspect of employment law, from advice and counseling, training and contract negotiation to litigation. She conducts due diligence for companies and investors with respect to labor and employment issues in corporate transactions and financial restructuring.

Ms. Samsel regularly negotiates and drafts high-level executive employment agreements and ancillary documents.? She assists companies in establishing employment policies, conducting employee / management training, negotiating severance agreements, conducting internal investigations and audits, and implementing reductions in force.

Throughout her extensive career, Ms. Samsel has handled a wide variety of federal, state and local administrative proceedings before agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs and comparable state and local agencies, representing clients in affirmative action, wage-and-hour, immigration compliance and employment policy audits.

With 11 offices across the western US, plus Washington, DC and Atlantic City, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck is where business, law and politics converge. Founded in 1968, Brownstein provides an integrated approach that combines sensible business solutions with 20 years of Capitol Hill perspective. The firm's 250 lawyers and policy professionals have built a reputation for providing multidisciplinary legal counsel that drives results and connects business leaders to the information they need to make decisions.

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

Ms. Samsel can be contacted at +1 303-223-1133 or csamsel@bhfs.com

Coming up in November 2019...

Architecture & Design: Biophilic Design

The hospitality industry is constantly evolving to meet and exceed guest expectations. As a result, hotels are always on the lookout for new ways to improve the guest experience, and architecture and design is an essential part of this equation. Bold design is often the most effective way to make an exceptional first impression - an impression guests use to distinguish between brands. One design trend that is being embraced worldwide has become known as “Biophilic Design.” Biophilic design is based on the concept of biophilia, which is the theory that human beings have an innate tendency to seek out nature, natural elements, and natural forms. Biophilic design is more than hotels simply adding a surplus of plants; it involves incorporating specific design elements into a hotel in order to imbue it with a sense of wellness and well-being. Some of those elements include exposure to natural lighting; views of nature and rooms with a view; natural architectural patterns; salvaged or reclaimed woods of all types; reclaimed metals; sustainably sourced stone; living green walls and vertical gardens; and direct and indirect exposure to nature. Hotels that have incorporated biophilic design into their properties are reaping the benefits associated with this trend including reduced stress responses, better air quality, lower energy costs, and more positive guest reviews. Biophilic design has also been shown to improve guest moods and to satisfy consumer demand for environmental responsibility. Savvy hotel owners and managers are aware that nature-inspired elements enhance their guests' comfort and well-being, which is why this trend is becoming so prevalent. Biophilic design is just one topic in the fields of hotel architecture and design that will be examined in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.