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Mr. Moon

Daniel Moon

VP / General Counsel, Sam Moon Group

In his role as V.P./General Counsel, Daniel Moon has been with the Sam Moon Group since 1994. He has spearheaded the group's recent growth in commercial real estate and is involved in the day to day operations of the commercial real estate group.

Recent and current commercial real estate projects include JW Marriott Dallas Arts District, Hyatt Regency Frisco, Hyatt Place Alliance, Metropark Square, Renaissance Dallas at Plano, and Coyote Ridge Golf Club.

The JW Marriott Dallas Arts District will be the first JW Marriott Hotel in the Dallas area and is scheduled to open in 2022 as a luxury 15-story hotel. Hyatt Regency Frisco is a luxury 16-story, 301-room hotel attached to Stonebriar Centre and is scheduled to open in 2020. Hyatt Place Alliance is projected to open in March 2020 as a five-story, 130-room hotel in Fort Worth's Alliance Town Center. Located in Shenandoah, Texas, Metropark Square is a luxury mixed-use development offering retail, restaurant, entertainment, residential and hospitality space. Renaissance Dallas at Plano Legacy West opened in 2017 and includes 304 rooms and 15 stories in Plano, Texas. Lastly, the award-winning Coyote Ridge Golf Club is a North Dallas daily public fee golf destination that features a luxury clubhouse along with a pro-shop and The Grill 19 restaurant and bar with private dining, meeting rooms and a ballroom.

Mr. Moon attended Southern Methodist University where he received a B.B.A. in Accounting in 1996 and earned his Juris Doctorate from SMU's Dedman School of Law in 1999.

Please visit http://www.sammoon.com for more information.

Mr. Moon can be contacted at +1 972-421-2700 or daniel@sammoon.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.