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Ms. Smith Thomas

Jennifer Smith Thomas

Partner, RumbergerKirk

Jennifer Smith Thomas is a partner in the Orlando office of RumbergerKirk and focuses her practice in the areas of casualty and commercial litigation.

In particular, Ms. Thomas represents commercial and residential premises owners, including associations, public entities, and businesses in premises liability actions, including slip/trip and falls, negligent security, and personal injury defense matters including catastrophic injury and/or wrongful death suits. She also represents product manufacturers in personal injury suits.

Ms. Thomas's commercial litigation experience includes the representation of banks, creditors, financial institutions and title insurance companies in complex business litigation and real property disputes. She also has significant appellate, bankruptcy, and post-judgment collection experience.

RumbergerKirk represents a variety of clients in a wide range of general liability matters throughout Florida and Alabama, including representation of various companies, associations and public entities directly, as well as through insurance companies, TPAs, and adjusting firms. The law firm assists clients in a variety of personal injury matters including catastrophic injury and wrongful death claims. Its casualty and commercial litigation groups are anchored by experienced litigators to provide a cost-efficient defense, including serving as regional and statewide counsel for national retailers and risk pools.

The law firm represents hotels, restaurants, retailers, night clubs, theme parks, rideshare companies, property associations, public housing authorities and others in a range of matters. Its attorneys litigate against and are familiar with a large number of plaintiff's firms and have appeared in virtually every state, federal, and appellate court within Florida and Alabama. RumbergerKirk works with a number of established experts in various fields, such as engineering, medicine, economics, and vocational rehabilitation and have litigated against a number of recurring experts who testify for the plaintiffs.

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

Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifer-smith-thomas-9b66bb97/

Ms. Smith Thomas can be contacted at +1 407-872-7300 or jthomas@rumberger.com

Coming up in November 2020...

Hotel Design: Home Away From Home

With the rise of the sharing economy and the peer-to-peer marketplace for lodging options, hoteliers are re-thinking the look, feel and appeal of their locations. There is an emphasis on re-creating a feeling of homeyness - a comfortable, cozy and inviting space that feels like home. 'This is accomplished through the careful selection of furniture design, paint colors, lighting design, artwork, bathroom fixtures and textile accessories. In addition, some hotels are providing their guests with upscale amenities, such as a book and movie library, home-style kitchenettes, a coffee machine with locally-sourced beans and tea, or even a batch of fresh-baked cookies. Similarly, there is a growing design trend based on the concept of place-making. Travelers are searching for experiences that are unique and authentic to the locale in which they find themselves, and so hotel designers are integrating a sense of place into their work. This is partially achieved by incorporating traditional artisanal crafts and other local artwork into hotel rooms and communal spaces. Another design trend includes the creation of full-service, co-working environments within the hotel. Guests don't like to stay alone in their room when they need to work, so now they can go downstairs to the lobby-or up to the roof-to work among others. These areas encourage guests - and non-guests alike - to stay as long as they like and to partake of hotel amenities. Finally, recognizing the importance of the Wellness Movement, some designers are exploring how room design can increase the likelihood of deep and restorative sleep. Creating dark and quiet spaces, blocking excessive light, providing guests with a selection of different kinds of pillows, and the ability to control room temperature, are a few of the best practices in this area. These are some of the architecture and design topics that will be covered in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.