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Mr. Gilbert

Jonathan Gilbert

Chair, Gunster, Law Leisure & Resorts Group

Jonathan Gilbert is a shareholder at Gunster, Attorneys at Law, where he chairs the Leisure & Resorts Group, the firm's internationally recognized hospitality practice. Based in the firm's West Palm Beach, Fla. office, he has 15 years of experience counseling clients on a broad range of corporate, hospitality and real estate issues. Gilbert concentrates his legal practice in hotel, resort and private club acquisitions and dispositions, finance, management and operation, as well as time shares and vacation clubs, condo-hotels, club membership programs, and master-planned community, resort and mixed-use project amenity strategies. In 2009, he was selected as a member of the Legal Elite by Florida Trend magazine. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Duke University, cum laude, and his Juris Doctor from the University of Florida. Gilbert is a member of the American Bar Association and the Palm Beach County Bar Association. He is a member of the Recreational Development Council (Blue Flight) of the Urban Land Institute and the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches. Established in 1925, Gunster is a full-service Florida law firm with eight offices around the state, providing counsel to leading businesses and individuals. Our statewide presence and culture reflect the firm's status as Florida's lawyers for business. Gunster services clients from it offices in Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Miami, Palm Beach, Stuart, Tallahassee, Vero Beach and its headquarters in West Palm Beach with 140 attorneys and 200 committed support staff.

Mr. Gilbert can be contacted at 561-650-0573 or jgilbert@gunster.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.