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Mr. DeNapoli

Al DeNapoli

Partner, Tarlow Breed Hart & Rodgers, P.C.

Al DeNapoli is a partner of the Boston-based law firm, Tarlow Breed Hart & Rodgers, P.C. Mr. DeNapoli is chairman of the firm's hospitality practice group and provides legal expertise on issues such as franchising, leasing and licensing to clients that range from nationally known chains to local restaurants and lodging businesses. Additionally, he concentrates a portion of his practice in the areas of civil litigation, including complex business issues that relate to contract and shareholder disputes, and employment problems. Realizing the importance of community and industry involvement, Mr. DeNapoli is affiliated with numerous boards and associations. In 2006, Mr. DeNapoli was elected as an editorial board member for the national publication, Hotel Business Review. He is a member of the Massachusetts Lodging Association and was recently named to the Massachusetts Restaurant Association board of directors. For four years he had served as finance committee chairman for the Town of Walpole, Mass., and is presently on the town's board of selectmen. In the Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce, he sits on the executive committee of its board of directors. He is also the current national president of the Commission for Social Justice for the Order Sons of Italy in America. Mr. DeNapoli is a member of both the Massachusetts and Boston bar associations; serves on the board of directors for the Massachusetts Restaurant Association; and has earned numerous awards for his legal expertise. He has twice been selected as a "Super Lawyer" in a survey of his peers across Massachusetts. The honor is awarded annually to the top five percent of lawyers practicing throughout the state. Mr. DeNapoli was also recently appointed a Master by the Massachusetts Superior Court. Mr. DeNapoli graduated cum laude from Boston College and earned an MA from the University of Maryland. He graduated magna cum laude from the New England School of Law.

Mr. DeNapoli can be contacted at 617-218-2024 or adenapoli@tbhr-law.com

Coming up in September 2020...

Hotel Law: Protecting Guest Privacy

Every business is obligated to protect their customers from identity theft but unfortunately, data breaches have become all too common. In an effort to protect a guest's right to privacy and to safeguard their personal data, the European Union passed a General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that could hold hotels legally liable for any breaches that expose a customer's sensitive personal information. Though the GDPR only pertains to EU citizens' data, any international business that mishandles their data can be legally responsible. Another legal issue of concern is the fight involving hotel "resort fees." Several states attorney generals have recently filed suit against two major hotel chains in an effort to litigate this practice. Their suit alleges that these companies are "engaged in deceptive and misleading pricing practices and their failure to disclose fees is in violation of consumer protection laws." The suit seeks to force the hotel chains to advertise the true price of their hotel rooms. There are several other legal issues that the industry is being forced to address. Sexual harassment prevention in the workplace is still top of mind for hotel employers-particularly in New York and California, which now statutorily require harassment training. Hotels and motels in California will also soon be required to train all their employees on human trafficking awareness. Immigration issues are also of major concern to hotel employers, especially in the midst of a severe labor shortage. The government is issuing fewer H2B visas for low-skilled workers, as well as J-1 visas for temporary workers. Though there is little hope for any comprehensive immigration reform, hotel lobbying groups are actively seeking legal remedies to alleviate this problem. These are just a few of the critical issues that the December issue of the Hotel Business Review will examine in the area of hotel law.