Retail and Hospitality Law

Personalized five-star service tailored to your needs

In the retail and hospitality industry, the way you treat your clients means everything. At Burns White, you receive the same level of personalized, high-quality client service and attention to detail that you provide in your own business.

With a broad knowledge base of the legal and business challenges impacting the industry, our Retail and Hospitality Group represents a variety of retailers — from malls to convenience stores, hoteliers, restaurateurs, insurers, and their affiliates in a wide range of litigation and business transactions:

Premises liability

Our premises liability experience includes slip and falls, security and trespassing negligence, and injuries from falling items.

Commercial transactions and operations

We assist with contract drafting and enforcement, including vendor agreements and construction projects; business entity formation and structuring; capital formation; corporate governance; and real estate transactions.

Commercial litigation

Our attorneys defend clients in breach of contract claims; violations of non-compete, non-disclosure, and non-solicitation agreements; misappropriation of trade secrets; and unfair and deceptive trade practices.

Cybersecurity and data protection

We help clients prevent cyber attacks and data breaches; defend individual and class action legal claims; obtain proper insurance for cybersecurity-related risks and losses; and comply with agency regulations.

Food liability

We understand the many issues surrounding the defense of food liability, including food-borne illness claims.


We focus on all areas of compliance, counseling, negotiation, and employment litigation. Our attorneys have an extensive knowledge of Title VII, ADEA, and ADA laws; the Fair Labor Standards Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, and Equal Pay Act; workplace safety regulations, including OSHA; compensation plans; security and privacy laws; hiring and termination polices; employment policies and handbooks; workplace drug policies; restrictive covenants; and labor law and retaliation.

Workers’ Compensation

Our team successfully represents clients in workers’ compensation disputes while instituting proactive measures. We regularly advise on safety matters, return-to-work programs, internal company policies, and injury report trends.

Whether it’s a slip and fall, vendor agreement, or wage and hour dispute, you can trust our team of experienced and results-oriented litigators, trial attorneys, and business attorneys to protect your best interests from the start—helping you to minimize risk and keep your business running safely and efficiently.