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Mr. Starr

Michael Starr

Partner, Holland & Knight LLP

Michael Starr is a partner in the New York office of Holland & Knight LLP, where he leads the firm's Labor & Employment Hospitality group. Having practiced for more than 35 years, he is a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and is listed in Chambers USA: Best Lawyers in America, among other major rating agencies, and in 2016 received the Global Award for Labor-Management Relations from Corporate LiveWire.

Mr. Starr represents major hospitality and other companies nationwide in complex litigation related primarily to labor relations and employment, often handling cutting-edge legal issues of substantial client significance. His practice encompasses federal labor law, non-competition and employee disloyalty, trade-secret misappropriation, employment discrimination and wage-hour law, as well as senior executive employment.

Mr. Starr appears regularly before federal and state courts for both trials and appeals, and he represents management before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and in other agency proceedings. He also advises clients on preventive labor and employee relations practices.

Mr. Starr is frequently published and speaks professionally on the full range of employment and labor law issues. He was for 20 years a regular employment law columnist for The National Law Journal and was an editor of the Yale Law Journal.

His extensive community and professional activities include being a member of the Pro Bono Panel for civil appeals of the U.S. Court for the Second Circuit, a court-appointed mediator for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York and a member of the Eastern District's Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Advisory Council. He was also a founding board member of the Court Appointment Special Advocates (CASA), a board member of the Lawyers Alliance for New York, and a member of the Human Resources Committee for the New York City Partnership and Chamber of Commerce.

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Mr. Starr can be contacted at +1 212-513-3506 or Michael.Starr@hklaw.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.