Regulatory Matters in Hospitality

Venable's regulatory practices set it apart from most law firms, and clients in the hospitality industry turn to us to handle advertising and marketing issues, advocate on their behalf before the federal government and state and federal agencies, handle important data security and privacy concerns, solve tax problems, counsel on environmental and political law, and represent their interests in the public eye.


  • We successfully represented a major brand's interests before a state legislature in regard to a state sales tax issue
  • We have represented several hospitality clients in connection with examinations by the Internal Revenue Service, including challenges related to rewards programs and foreign exchange losses
  • We provide comprehensive advertising counseling to an international hospitality company on global advertising campaigns, including review of all advertising, social media outreach, and sweepstakes and promotions
  • We assisted a leading hospitality chain in launching a new rewards program for its luxury brand, as well as a social media "insider" rewards programs
  • We served as outside environmental counsel to a private developer for permitting, compliance, and strategic advice in a project that includes a landmark hotel, convention center, and commercial and residential development on a major U.S. riverfront
  • We provide comprehensive compliance assistance to a hospitality client with respect to campaign finance, lobbying disclosure, and gift and ethics rules
  • We assisted a hospitality client in connection with a well-publicized security breach affecting more than 200,000 current and past timeshare owners and employees
  • We counseled a leading international hospitality company on the Federal Trade Commission’s increased interest in so-called drip pricing by hotels and resorts
  • We are advising numerous hospitality industry clients on telemarketing regulations, including inbound/outbound calling, Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) compliance, and Do Not Call (DNC) compliance, including in-depth analysis of the Existing Business Relationship exemption
  • We advised a global hospitality company on the permissibility under the antitrust and trade regulation laws of various proposed sales promotions, and assisted in the related agreements with travel agents, meeting planners, advertising and promotions agencies, and the media required to execute those promotions


  • U.S. News – Best Lawyers
    • Law Firm of the Year, Advertising Law, 2011 – 2012, 2014
    • Best Law Firms, Advertising Law (Tier 1), National, 2012 – 2020, 2022 – 2023
    • Best Law Firms, Advertising Law (Tier 1), Washington, DC, 2012 – 2020, 2022 – 2023
  • Chambers USA, Privacy and Data Security (Tier 1), 2008 – 2023
  • Chambers Global, Privacy and Data Security, 2011 – 2015, 2017, 2022