The HLC Series 2.0 – Houston 2019

This one and a half day conference, held at Hotel Alessandra in Downtown Houston on April 9-10, is an intimate, informative and intense educational conference where attendees participate in expert-led sessions and interactive discussions that explore the best practices and benchmark current policies across the hotel and restaurant industries.

The latest cases, trends, challenges and solutions relevant to hospitality industry are up for exploration in Ted Talk Style Presentations, Deeper Dive Roundtable, and Immersive Tabletop Exercises.

Ted Talk Style Presentations: Modeled after the world-famous TED Talks format, these sessions feature several consecutive speakers, each delivering a concise, effective, eight-minute presentation to the entire audience.

Deeper Dive Roundtable: Following the Ted Talk Style Forums, there are Deeper Dive Roundtables occurring simultaneously featuring each Ted Talk Style presenter. Attendees will switch tables every fifteen minutes allowing deeper dives on forum subject matters of their choosing.

Immersive Tabletop Exercises: Participate in real-world immersive tabletop exercises along with other attendees and walk away with a gap analysis for your business.

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These roundtables will take a deeper dive into all of the subjects the morning forums covered. Each forum speaker will host their own roundtable and attendees will rotate through 3 separate tables of their choice, spending 15-20 minutes at each table.
Join us as we honor Robert Schnitz (Hyatt) as the recipient of the 2019 Anthony G. Marshall Hospitality Law Award.
These roundtables will take a deeper dive into all of the subjects the afternoon forums covered. Each forum speaker will host their own roundtable and attendees will rotate through 3 separate tables of their choice, spending 15-20 minutes at each table.
Join us for drinks and appetizers at Minute Maid Park before the Astros vs. Yankees game on a private rooftop deck with views inside the ballpark. Sponsored by Fisher Phillips.
These roundtables will take a deeper dive into all of the subjects the morning forums covered. Each forum speaker will host their own roundtable and attendees will rotate through 3 separate tables of their choice, spending 15-20 minutes at each table.
As a litigator, Will seeks to use his life experiences to gain the best outcomes for his clients. His training began well before law school, where he watched his father, a seasoned trial attorney, take great joy in litigating his clients’ matters to favorable results. After joining Reed Smith, Will was trained by a diverse...
Marc Perry, Co-Chair of Post & Schell’s Hospitality & Retail Practice Group, is an experienced trial attorney and has successfully represented clients in the hospitality industry in litigation in state and federal courts. He has tried and litigated complex premises liability, catastrophic injury, and wrongful death claims on behalf of the hospitality industry, including claims for slip/trip and...
Samuel Lillard is a partner in the firm’s Columbus office. His practice focuses on general employment litigation, arbitration, and mediation. Samuel is a seasoned litigator with over 20 years of experience in representing employers in all Ohio and Federal courts, as well as a number of regulatory agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Ohio Civil Rights...
Kari Katzman Jacobson is a shareholder of La Cava & Jacobson, P.A. Born in Miami, Florida in 1967 she graduated from the University of Florida with a B.A. in 1989 and from the University of Miami School of Law with a J.D. in 1992. Ms. Jacobson began her career as a prosecutor, and then went...
24 year US Army Veteran, Colonel (Retired) • Extensive Intelligence, Counter-Terrorism and Special Operations experience • Commanded 5 organizations including an Infantry Reconnaissance Platoon, Special Forces Scuba Team, Special Force Counter-Terrorism Team, a Special Forces Counter-Terrorism Task Force, and a Special Troops Battalion • Numerous combat and classified deployments including Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Colombia, Cuba,...
Jason Geller is the managing partner of Fisher Phillips San Francisco office. He represents and counsels employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, including employment discrimination, wrongful termination, harassment, retaliation, and wage-hour class action lawsuits, as well as employment handbook and personnel policy preparation, and general preventive advice including hiring, discipline and termination...
David Eaton is a founding shareholder of the firm and practices in the Nashville, Tennessee office. He practices in Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Tennessee and focuses in the areas of long-term care defense and general liability claims. As an advisor to health care providers, David has worked closely with nursing home staffs and personnel...
Charles W. Spitz is a Principal in Post & Schell’s Casualty Litigation Department and Co-Chair of the Firm’s Hospitality & Retail Practice Group. He focuses his practice on representing members of the hospitality industry in a variety of legal disputes in both state and federal court. His clients include local and national food & hospitality...
Rob Schnitz is Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel overseeing legal support for global operations of Hyatt Hotels and Resorts including: vendor contracts, human resources and labor relations, marketing, intellectual property, IT, consumer affairs, internal investigations and government affairs. Rob formerly was a partner at Fisher & Phillips LLP in Irvine, California where he...
Manuel Bremont is a Senior Director with A&M’s Hospitality & Leisure Group and brings more than 16 years of hospitality and real estate industry experience in the US, Latin American and the Caribbean. Mr. Bremont’s domestic and international experience in hospitality products includes hotels, mixed-use resort developments, hotel condominiums, conference centers, timeshares, fractionals and destination...
Aaron R. Gelb is a partner in Conn Maciel Carey’s Chicago office. He specializes in labor and employment, and OSHA litigation.  Mr. Gelb represents employers in all aspects of the employer-employee relationship.  He has extensive experience litigating equal employment opportunity matters in federal and state courts having tried a number of cases to verdict and defending employers...
Juliette Gust is the founder and president of Ethics Suite, a company that helps businesses identify, investigate and resolve alleged wrongdoing at their organization by providing a comprehensive solution for the anonymous employee reporting and tracking of workplace misconduct, fraud, or theft. Ethics Suite also offers assistance with internal investigations and ethics and compliance-related consulting...
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Karen Morris is Town Justice in Brighton New York, a Professor of Law at Monroe Community College (MCC), and an author. She was recently elevated to the title of Distinguished Professor, awarded by the Chancellor of the State University of New York. She has written several textbooks including Hotel, Restaurant and Travel Law, winner of...
Alvarez Marsal
Managing Director
Faegre Baker Daniels
Anderson Kill
Laner Muchin
Principal Consultant/Toxicologist and Epidemiologist - Rimkus Consulting Group, Inc.
President- HVS Hotel Management
Member- Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC
Shareholder- Anderson Kill
Law Firm of David T. Denney
Owner and Chair of Hospitality, Travel and Tourism Practice Group
Garvey Schubert & Barer
Kennasaw State University
Cozen O'Connor
Professor - University of Houston
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As a sponsor of The Hospitality Law Conference: Series 2.0 - Houston you will receive: •Your own dedicated table of eight people; which includes 6 clients and 2 staff •A speaking opportunity which includes an 8 minute Ted Talk Style Presentation as well as hosting a Deeper Dive Round table on your subject• 8 tickets to the Yankees vs. Astros game on Tuesday, April 9th •The opportunity to distribute collateral material onsite •Your company Logo will be included on the registration web site, HTML email blasts to promote attendance and on-site signage •You will have access to multiple publication opportunities through’s platforms including: CONVERGE Blog, newsletters and partner publications •You will be able to participate in's Social Media Campaign •Your company logo and bio will be featured at least once during the alliance year in’s Weekly Spotlight
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