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Ms. Halberda

Ashley Halberda

Partner, Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP

Ashley A. Halberda is a Partner at the law firm of Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP.

Ms. Halberda advises and represents clients in matters involving California labor and employment law. Ms. Halberda is experienced in representing employers before state court in various employment disputes involving claims of wrongful termination, harassment, failure to provide overtime and paid breaks, as well as class actions.

In addition, Ms. Halberda plays an advisory role to California employers and helps them navigate the ever-changing waters of the state's labor and employment laws. She counsels clients on compliance strategies to enable them to take a proactive approach to avoiding future litigation.

Aside from her experience in employment law, Ms. Halberda has a broad range of civil litigation experience, including courtroom experience in matters related to breach of contract, premises liability and insurance defense.

Ms. Halberda is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, and received her law degree from University of San Diego, School of Law. She is a member of the Orange County Bar Association and the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association.

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Ms. Halberda can be contacted at +1 949-622-1661 or ahalberda@cdflaborlaw.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.