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Mr. Starr

Michael Starr

Partner, Holland & Knight LLP

Michael Starr is a partner in the New York office of Holland & Knight LLP, where he leads the firm's Labor & Employment Hospitality group. Having practiced for more than 35 years, he is a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and is listed in Chambers USA: Best Lawyers in America, among other major rating agencies, and in 2016 received the Global Award for Labor-Management Relations from Corporate LiveWire.

Mr. Starr represents major hospitality and other companies nationwide in complex litigation related primarily to labor relations and employment, often handling cutting-edge legal issues of substantial client significance. His practice encompasses federal labor law, non-competition and employee disloyalty, trade-secret misappropriation, employment discrimination and wage-hour law, as well as senior executive employment.

Mr. Starr appears regularly before federal and state courts for both trials and appeals, and he represents management before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and in other agency proceedings. He also advises clients on preventive labor and employee relations practices.

Mr. Starr is frequently published and speaks professionally on the full range of employment and labor law issues. He was for 20 years a regular employment law columnist for The National Law Journal and was an editor of the Yale Law Journal.

His extensive community and professional activities include being a member of the Pro Bono Panel for civil appeals of the U.S. Court for the Second Circuit, a court-appointed mediator for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York and a member of the Eastern District's Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Advisory Council. He was also a founding board member of the Court Appointment Special Advocates (CASA), a board member of the Lawyers Alliance for New York, and a member of the Human Resources Committee for the New York City Partnership and Chamber of Commerce.

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Mr. Starr can be contacted at +1 212-513-3506 or Michael.Starr@hklaw.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.