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Ms. Munar

J. Drei Munar

Associate, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

J. Drei Munar is an associate attorney with law firm Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP. Based in the firm's San Francisco office, Ms. Kurth understands that the business interests and long-term objectives of each client should drive litigation, and she approaches her role as an advocate with their goals in mind.

Her practice focuses on complex employment, wage and hour, and public accommodations litigation. Ms. Kurth represents employers in the defense of wrongful termination, discrimination and harassment claims, wage and hour class and collective actions, and public accommodations disputes.

Before joining the firm, Ms. Kurth gained valuable experience representing workers and victims of police misconduct in individual and class action litigation. Having previously litigated on the plaintiff-side, she has developed an interdisciplinary perspective that allows her to anticipate opposing arguments and counter with effective defense strategies.

Among her various litigation experiences, Ms. Kurth has defended statewide wage and hour class actions against financial services client presenting meal period, rest break, off-the-clock, wage deduction, and other claims. She has also handled the national and regional dockets of public accommodations litigation for multiple clients in matters involving architectural design and construction as well as website accessibility (California, Florida, Georgia and New York).

Ms. Kurth earned her J.D. from New York University School of Law in 2014 and her B.A. in Public Economy from the University of California, Berkeley in 2010. She is a member of the Bar Association of San Francisco, and she is admitted to practice law in both California and New York.

Please visit http://www.huntonak.com/en/ for more information.

Ms. Munar can be contacted at +1 415-975-3707 or jdreimunar@HuntonAK.com

Coming up in September 2020...

Hotel Group Meetings: Demand vs. Supply

It is a great time for hotel group meetings. It is expected that once again this sector will grow by 5-10% in 2020, partly due to the increasing value of in-person group meetings. Because people now spend so much time in front of their screens, face-to-face interactions have become a more treasured commodity in our modern world. Plus, the use of social media reinforces the value of engagement, discussion, conversation, and networking - all areas where group meetings shine. Despite this rosy outlook, there is a concern that demand for meetings far exceeds the supply of suitable venues and hotels. There are very few "big box" properties with 500-plus rooms and extensive conference facilities being built, and this shortage of inventory could pose a serious challenge for meeting planners. In addition to location concerns, the role of the meeting planner has also evolved significantly. Planners are no longer just meeting coordinators - they are de facto travel agents. Cultural interactions, local dining, experiential travel, and team-building activities are all now a part of their meeting mix. Plus, they have to cater to evolving tastes. Millennials are insisting on healthier venues and activities, and to meet their demands, hotels are making yoga breaks, fresh-pressed juices, plant-based diets, state-of-the-art gyms, and locally-sourced menus available. Millennials are also insisting that meeting venues practice Corporate Social Responsibility, which means upholding sustainable and ethical values; investment in the local community; health and well-being of employees; and general business practices that reflect being good citizens of the planet. Finally, there is a growing trend to merge meetings with other local events, such as music festivals, sporting events, and cultural attractions. The December Hotel Business Review will report on issues relevant to group meetings and will document what some hotels are doing to support this part of their operations.