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Mr. Gurule

Julian Gurule

Associate Attorney, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

Julian Gurule is an associate attorney in the Los Angeles office of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP and is a member of the firm's Financial Restructuring Group. Mr. Gurule's practice includes the representation of debtors, secured and unsecured lenders, administrative agents, creditor groups and other interested parties in restructuring situations. His engagements range across a variety of industries, including hotels, casinos, restaurants, media and newspapers, entertainment, real estate development, and manufacturing. Mr. Gurule's representative matters in the hospitality area include serving as debtor's counsel in the chapter 11 cases of Station Casinos, a hotel and casino business based in Southern Nevada, the Silver Legacy Hotel & Casino, Real Mex Restaurants, the owner of casual Mexican restaurant chains, including Chevy's, El Torito, and Acapulco, and the Claim Jumper restaurant chain. Mr. Gurule earned his J.D. from UCLA School of Law, and received his B.A., cum laude, from the University of Washington. He was named a Southern California Rising Star for Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights by Super Lawyers Magazine. Mr. Gurule has written extensively, and is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Financial Lawyers Conference.

Mr. Gurule can be contacted at 213-892-4686 or jgurule@milbank.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.