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Ms. Adams

Emily Adams

Associate, Weinberg Wheeler Hudgins Gunn & Dial

Emily Adams is an associate with the law firm of Weinberg Wheeler Hudgins Gunn & Dial, LLC. She focuses her practice principally on complex commercial litigation with an emphasis on products liability, healthcare litigation and matters involving regulatory compliance. Ms. Adams' corporate defense experience ranges from single plaintiff matters to large scale multi-district litigations.

In addition to her corporate defense practice, Ms. Adams provides pro bono legal services through multiple non-profit organizations serving individuals in need throughout the greater Atlanta area. Examples include the Truancy Intervention Project, GA (TIP), Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) and the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation (AVLF).  She also serves as an alumni coach for the Emory Law Mock Trial Society. Additional areas of practice include class actions, mass torts, medical device/pharmaceutical, and medical malpractice.

As a national trial firm, Weinberg Wheeler Hudgins Gunn & Dial has taken to trial or arbitrated more than 450 cases throughout the U.S. and handled cases in all 50 states and 22 countries. Clients range from Fortune 500 to mid-size and local companies. The firm manages large scale litigation from inception to conclusion, including complex commercial disputes, mass tort litigation and high-stakes liability matters.

WWHGD is also a winner of ALM's Daily Report "Product Liability Department of the Year" award in 2019 and ALM's Daily Business Review "Product Liability Department of the Year" award in 2018 for its outstanding representation of clients and the results achieved on their behalf. WWHGD and its lawyers are consistently ranked in Chambers USA, Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers and other prestigious ranking directories.

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

Ms. Adams can be contacted at +1 404-591-9606 or eadams@wwhgd.com

Coming up in December 2020...

Hotel Law: Protecting Guest Privacy

Every business is obligated to protect their customers from identity theft but unfortunately, data breaches have become all too common. In an effort to protect a guest's right to privacy and to safeguard their personal data, the European Union passed a General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that could hold hotels legally liable for any breaches that expose a customer's sensitive personal information. Though the GDPR only pertains to EU citizens' data, any international business that mishandles their data can be legally responsible. Another legal issue of concern is the fight involving hotel "resort fees." Several states attorney generals have recently filed suit against two major hotel chains in an effort to litigate this practice. Their suit alleges that these companies are "engaged in deceptive and misleading pricing practices and their failure to disclose fees is in violation of consumer protection laws." The suit seeks to force the hotel chains to advertise the true price of their hotel rooms. There are several other legal issues that the industry is being forced to address. Sexual harassment prevention in the workplace is still top of mind for hotel employers-particularly in New York and California, which now statutorily require harassment training. Hotels and motels in California will also soon be required to train all their employees on human trafficking awareness. Immigration issues are also of major concern to hotel employers, especially in the midst of a severe labor shortage. The government is issuing fewer H2B visas for low-skilled workers, as well as J-1 visas for temporary workers. Though there is little hope for any comprehensive immigration reform, hotel lobbying groups are actively seeking legal remedies to alleviate this problem. These are just a few of the critical issues that the December issue of the Hotel Business Review will examine in the area of hotel law.