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Mr. Samuels, Esq.

David M. Samuels, Esq.

Senior Partner and Chair of the Hospitality Industry Group, Michelman & Robinson, LLP

David M. Samuels, Esq., a senior partner and Chair of the Hospitality Industry Group at Michelman & Robinson, LLP, a national law firm, provides legal counsel and guidance to hotels, resorts, and private clubs in a variety of matters. He is a recognized authority in every facet of litigation related to personal and catastrophic injury, as well as premises liability and administrative law. He has significant expertise across an array of hospitality industry issues, including: guest safety; privacy; ADA accessibility; hotel security; common carrier liability; and property losses. Over the past 25 years, Mr. Samuels has successfully tried, mediated and arbitrated numerous complex disputes on behalf of hospitality industry clients in Southern California and across the country. Additionally, Mr. Samuels serves as Outside General Counsel to numerous hotel companies and regularly provides day-to-day guidance regarding hotel operations. He also assists numerous clients and hotel industry associations by providing operational training for management and staff. Beyond his dedication to the hospitality industry, Mr. Samuels is routinely sought by excess insurance carriers to serve as “monitoring” counsel in high exposure/catastrophic injury cases. He also represents general contractors in personal injury matters in the construction industry, and counsels government agencies and municipalities in cases arising from alleged dangerous conditions of public property. Mr. Samuels is regularly named to the list of Southern California Super Lawyers, and was honored as one of the Top Attorneys in Southern California by Super Lawyers Magazine. He is also recognized by Martindale-Hubbell as an AV (Preeminent) peer-rated attorney.

Please visit http://www.mrllp.com for more information.

Mr. Samuels, Esq. can be contacted at 310-564-2670 or dsamuels@mrllp.com

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.