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Hospitality & Retail

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Overview

Hospitality & Retail companies have unique business needs which benefit from the coordination and depth of attorneys across our many practice areas. We have gained experience and knowledge working with many retail and hospitality clients in Kansas, Missouri and across the U.S., including real estate developers, retailers, hotel chains, restaurants and fast food chains, movie theatres, casinos, golf clubs and resorts. Foulston Siefkin attorneys are able to help these companies grow and succeed by supporting their business needs across the diverse legal spectrum. We help clients protect their developed brand equity from intellectual property infringement, defend against product defect claims, navigate the issues resulting from social media laws and regulations, and minimize risks associated with consumer privacy laws and data breaches. Our attorneys are also involved in creating a welcoming and rewarding environment for employees while complying with all federal and state laws; accelerating growth through financing and strategic partnerships, joint ventures, and mergers; dealing with real estate development and land use issues; and assisting with operational vendor supplier contracts.

We are one of a select group of Midwest law firms recognized for a broad spectrum of legal expertise. Our philosophy of superior client service and our recognized expertise have earned our firm and our attorneys high marks for "outstanding" work from publications including the Best Lawyers in America, Missouri/Kansas SuperLawyers, Chambers USA, Global Law Experts, and US News & World News Best Law Firms. Our attorneys include members of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, the American College of Environmental Lawyers, the American College of Tax Counsel and the American College of Trial Lawyers.

"It is very professional and the highest quality firm in the Midwest; the attorneys know their specialties very well." – Chambers USA

Areas of Representation

REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS

  • Commercial and residential leasing
  • Purchases and sales of commercial, industrial, and agricultural real estate
  • Easements, rights of way, and other property in­terests
  • Residential sellers, purchasers, tenants, and land­lords

REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT, PLANNING AND LAND USE

  • Annexation
  • Master planning
  • Infrastructure approvals/development
  • Zoning and plan approval
  • Commercial and residential condominiums
  • Entitlements and Incentives
  • Homeowners’ and owners’ associations
  • Subdividing properties
  • Condemnation
  • Corporate property management services & leasing
  • Eminent domain
  • Joint ventures
  • Partnerships

FRANCHISING

  • Structuring of franchise and dealership distribu­tion systems
  • Design and preparation of franchise documents
  • Design and preparation of dealership documents
  • Preparation of franchise disclosure documents
  • Handling of all aspects of regulatory compliance
  • Assisting clients with franchisee and distributor dis­putes
  • Representing clients in the acquisition or sale of franchises and franchise systems
  • Assisting franchise and distribution clients in raising capital

LITIGATION

  • Defense of consumer actions
  • Privacy and data protection and data breach response
  • Intra-company disputes
  • Insurance recovery
  • Infectious diseases
  • Collective action litigation

RETAIL SERVICES

  • Credit card processing agreements and standards
  • Advertising and promotions
  • Vendor- customer contracts

CORPORATE, FINANCE & TAX

  • Business incorporation
  • Lines of credit & other financing
  • Tax and structure planning
  • State and local income, property and sales taxa­tion
  • Taxation of real estate and real estate transac­tions
  • Tax-deferred exchanges (“1031 exchanges”)
  • Response to tax audits and investigations
  • Business acquisitions / joint ventures/ partnerships
  • Business succession
  • Buy-Sell agreements
  • Syndications
  • Contract & business sgreements
  • Intellectual property asset protection
  • Licensing
  • Consumer warranties
  • E-commerce website terms and conditions and privacy policies

CONSTRUCTION

  • Construction Llitigation
  • ADA, accessibility, building and life safety codes
  • Environmental and land use
  • Construction/development transactions and liti­gation
  • Historic renovations
  • Mechanic’s and other real property liens

EMPLOYMENT & LABOR

  • Employment agreements
  • Non-compete agreements
  • FLSA wage and hour compliance
  • FMLA compliance
  • Employee benefits / ERISA
  • Executive compensation