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Mr. Soloway

Todd Soloway

Partner, Pryor Cashman LLP

Todd Soloway is a partner at Pryor Cashman, a full-service law firm of more than 170 attorneys with offices in New York City and Los Angeles, where he heads the Hotel + Hospitality and Real Estate Litigation Groups. 

A trusted advisor to leaders in the hospitality industry, as well as private equity firms, real estate investment trusts (REITs), property owners and developers, Mr. Soloway has successfully litigated some of the most high-profile cases involving hotel management and franchise agreements, real estate finance and development, complex foreclosures, receiverships and workouts, and commercial landlord-tenant disputes.

Mr. Soloway is consistently recognized as one of the country's leading hospitality attorneys by Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers and other organizations. He writes a regular column on legal trends impacting the hospitality and real estate sectors in The New York Law Journal, contributes to industry publications including Hotel Business Magazine, Private Equity Real Estate and Crain's, and received a Burton Award for Legal Achievement for his writings on the use of indefinite terms in real estate contracts.

Mr. Soloway is also a recurring speaker at New York University's International Hospitality Conference.

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

Mr. Soloway can be contacted at 212-421-4100 or tsoloway@pryorcashman.com

Coming up in January 2019...

Mobile Technology: The Future is Now

Mobile Technology continues to advance at a relentless pace and the hotel industry continues to adapt. Hotel guests have shown a strong preference for mobile self-service - from checking-in/out at a hotel kiosk, to ordering room service, making dinner reservations, booking spa treatments, and managing laundry/dry cleaning services. And they also enjoy the convenience of paying for these services with smart phone mobile payments. In addition, some hotels have adopted a “concierge in your pocket” concept. Through a proprietary hotel app, guests can access useful information such as local entertainment venues, tourist attractions, event calendars, and medical facilities and services. In-room entertainment continues to be a key factor, as guests insist on the capacity to plug in their own mobile devices to customize their entertainment choices. Mobile technology also allows for greater marketing opportunities. For example, many hotels have adopted the use of “push notifications” - sending promotions, discounts and special event messages to guests based on their property location, purchase history, profiles, etc. Near field communication (NFC) technology is also being utilized to support applications such as opening room doors, earning loyalty points, renting a bike, accessing a rental car, and more. Finally, some hotels have adopted more futuristic technology. Robots are in use that have the ability to move between floors to deliver room service requests for all kinds of items - food, beverages, towels, toothbrushes, chargers and snacks. And infrared scanners are being used by housekeeping staff that can detect body heat within a room, alerting staff that the room is occupied and they should come back at a later time. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in this exciting mobile technology space.