The past two decades have witnessed dramatic growth in the gaming and hospitality industry in Michigan and other states across the nation. This growth has created increasing demand for the many different highly-focused legal services required by the various diverse participants in this growing industry. Honigman's Gaming and Hospitality Practice Group was established in response to that demand, and is specifically organized and staffed to provide our gaming and hospitality clientele with the full line of legal services they need to succeed and prosper in this very dynamic, heavily regulated, multi-faceted industry.
Honigman's Gaming and Hospitality Practice Group is an inter-disciplinary team comprised of highly experienced attorneys and paraprofessionals from our Tribal Sovereignty and Development, Regulatory, Real Estate, Corporate, Environmental, Intellectual Property, Tax, Labor and Employment, Immigration and Litigation Departments and Practice Groups. The Group's attorneys were selected because of their knowledge and experience in the various different areas of law relating to the gaming and hospitality industry. Group Chair, John Pirich, is a nationally-recognized authority in the area of liquor and gaming regulatory compliance, who currently advises tribal and non-tribal gaming clients in a host of intergovernmental legal matters on the local, state, and federal level. The Gaming and Hospitality Practice Group also includes attorneys who formerly served in high profile industry-related government regulatory positions and helped author, implement, administer, or enforce many of the state and federal laws that currently govern the gaming and liquor control side of the industry.
By incorporating highly-experienced and knowledgeable attorneys from our other Practice Areas and Departments, the Honigman Gaming and Hospitality Practice Group is uniquely staffed to capably advise and represent the many different types of participants in the gaming and hospitality industry, from tribal and non-tribal governments, investors, developers, owners and operators, to manufacturers, suppliers, and vendors of goods and services to the industry, regarding the wide array of diverse legal issues on which they may need advice or representation.
Honigman's Gaming and Hospitality Practice Group attorneys know and understand the gaming and hospitality industry and focus on the unique business objectives and legal needs of our clients. We rapidly respond to those needs with the appropriate level of required legal service. To that end, Honigman's Gaming and Hospitality Practice Group is staffed with attorneys, who have the knowledge, skill, judgment, and seasoned experience to professionally and competently handle both large, complex legal matters, as well as smaller, more routine matters, in a prompt, practical, and cost effective manner that produces the best possible result for our client. Through our advice and representation, we strive to not only obtain the best possible result for our clients, but to also help them avoid unnecessary legal problems in their industry-related activities and affairs. Some of the specific matters in which we provide advice and representation to our gaming and hospitality clients include:
- Business entity selection, organization and operations; financing and securities offerings; SEC reporting and compliance; and tax guidance, return preparation, Title 31 reporting and compliance, and tax hearings and appeals
- Mergers, acquisitions, bankruptcy, and business reorganization issues involving casinos, hotels, restaurants , and other hospitality or gaming enterprises
- Real estate acquisition and development; zoning and land use; construction contract issues; and building, environmental, and public health and safety code requirements and compliance
- Preparation and submission of required gaming, liquor, and business license and permit applications, registrations, and approval requests to state gaming and liquor authorities, and other local, state, and federal regulatory agencies
- Acquisition, sale, and transfer of liquor licenses; representation of liquor license applicants and licensees in licensing and regulatory compliance investigations, hearings, and appeals; and advice and representation on other issues related to the exportation, importation, and sale of alcoholic beverages, including advertising, promotion, and marketing issues involving liquor or gaming
- Gaming and pari-mutuel horse racing licensing and regulatory compliance matters, including representation of gaming and horse racing license applicants and licensees in licensing and regulatory compliance investigations, hearings, and appeals
- Tribal land into trust applications and proceedings; Tribal-State compact and management contract negotiations and enforcement actions; analysis and development of tribal gaming regulatory structures and related policies, procedures, manuals, and training regarding background investigations, compliance inspections, audits, and enforcement; analysis and drafting of tribal gaming ordinances, resolutions, regulations, and internal control standards and systems; and representation of Indian tribes in National Indian Gaming Commission background and regulatory compliance investigations, audits, gaming ordinance and management contract approval proceedings, Class II technologic aid advisory opinions and approvals, state compact compliance investigations and audits, and related state and federal hearings and appeals
- Insurance issues, including Dram Shop liability and surety bond and insurance coverage requirements for gaming and liquor licensees
- Labor and employment matters, including employer defense against discrimination claims (age, sex, race, national origin, religion, ADA), wrongful discharge and FMLA suits, breach of contract and OSHA/MIOSHA claims, and restrictive covenant disputes and trade secret protection claims
- Intellectual property, patent, copyright, and trademark matters, including the patenting of new game hardware, systems, associated equipment, and other new gaming and hospitality technology; the copyrighting of game software and other gaming and hospitality related intellectual property; and the registering of trademarks for unique trade names of gaming, hotel, restaurant, and other hospitality enterprises and products
- Analysis and drafting of tribal and non-tribal legislation, regulations, internal control standards and systems, and regulatory compliance and training manuals
- Litigation representation in a wide range of diverse state and federal administrative, trial, and appellate matters, including litigation involving gaming and liquor licensing and regulatory compliance, corporate derivative suits, breach of contract and protection of trade, secured transactions and securities, condemnation, zoning, all aspects of construction litigation, environmental compliance and clean-up, ERISA preemption, insurance coverage, bankruptcy, employer defense against wrongful discharge and employment discrimination claims; tort and product liability defense; and white collar criminal defense
We advise and represent a broad range of diverse clients in the hospitality and gaming industry, including: tribal and non-tribal governments: investors; developers; owners; construction contractors; management contractors and operators of tribal and non-tribal casinos, hotels, restaurants, and other hospitality enterprises; and manufacturers, suppliers, vendors, and distributors of gaming-related and nongaming-related goods and services to the gaming and hospitality industry.