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Mr. Grosack

Matthew Grosack

Associate, DLA Piper

Matthew Grosack is a commercial litigation associate in DLA Piper's Miami office. Mr. Grosack focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation and arbitration matters with extensive experience handling a wide range of health care litigation and regulatory investigations, hospitality industry litigation, corporate and real estate litigation. A wide range of health care industry participants, including health systems, hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, diagnostic imaging companies, home health agencies, medical and physician practice groups and various other health care industry businesses are among Mr. Grosack's clients. He represents them in connection with complex health care litigation matters, regulatory investigations and enforcement actions by federal and state regulatory agencies, and helps them respond to (and defend against) potential whistleblower (qui tam) actions. As part of his hospitality litigation practice, Mr. Grosack represents hospitality and leisure industry participants, including hotels, developers, cruise lines, management companies, marketing companies and other hospitality, leisure and entertainment industry-related businesses in a broad range of commercial litigation disputes. Mr. Grosack has experience handling disputes involving the enforcement of restrictive covenants, such as non-competition, non-solicitation and confidentiality provisions and complex litigation involving misappropriation of trade secrets and unfair competition. He has also represented clients in labor and employment disputes, including defending against discrimination claims and counseling on employment issues and retaliatory discharge claims. Additionally, he has experience in all aspects of electronic discovery, including, but not limited to, extensive experience with the requirements of the Sedona Principles and federal and state law interpreting electronic discovery requirements.

Mr. Grosack can be contacted at 305-423-8554 or matthew.grosack@dlapiper.com

Coming up in March 2019...

Human Resources: An Era of Transition

Traditionally, the human resource department administers five key areas within a hotel operation - compliance, compensation and benefits, organizational dynamics, selection and retention, and training and development. However, HR professionals are also presently involved in culture-building activities, as well as implementing new employee on-boarding practices and engagement initiatives. As a result, HR professionals have been elevated to senior leadership status, creating value and profit within their organization. Still, they continue to face some intractable issues, including a shrinking talent pool and the need to recruit top-notch employees who are empowered to provide outstanding customer service. In order to attract top-tier talent, one option is to take advantage of recruitment opportunities offered through colleges and universities, especially if they have a hospitality major. This pool of prospective employees is likely to be better educated and more enthusiastic than walk-in hires. Also, once hired, there could be additional training and development opportunities that stem from an association with a college or university. Continuing education courses, business conferences, seminars and online instruction - all can be a valuable source of employee development opportunities. In addition to meeting recruitment demands in the present, HR professionals must also be forward-thinking, anticipating the skills that will be needed in the future to meet guest expectations. One such skill that is becoming increasingly valued is “resilience”, the ability to “go with the flow” and not become overwhelmed by the disruptive influences  of change and reinvention. In an era of transition—new technologies, expanding markets, consolidation of brands and businesses, and modifications in people's values and lifestyles - the capacity to remain flexible, nimble and resilient is a valuable skill to possess. The March Hotel Business Review will examine some of the strategies that HR professionals are employing to ensure that their hotel operations continue to thrive.