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Mr. Gonzalez

Luis J. Gonzalez

Attorney Litigation Practice & Alcohol Beverage Team, Holland & Knight

Luis J. Gonzalez is an attorney in the Litigation Practice and Alcohol Beverage Team in Holland & Knight's Orlando office. From providing representation in employment matters and contract disputes to advising how to obtain a distributor or restaurant liquor license and AB&T regulatory compliance, Mr. Gonzalez offers clients an in-depth understanding of a broad subject matter. Mr. Gonzalez helps clients enforce restrictive covenants, protect trade secrets, conduct internal investigations, and resolve contract disputes and business torts. In addition, he represents employers in litigation involving a broad range of employment-related matters, including claims of discrimination, wage and hour violations, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), whistleblower/retaliation and sexual harassment. He represents clients before federal and state courts and in arbitration. Mr. Gonzalez counsels companies on handling performance evaluations and employee terminations, as well as other related issues such as implementing and enforcing effective policies and procedures to avoid litigation. Previously, Mr. Gonzalez was in law enforcement as a uniformed and undercover investigator, SWAT team member and K-9 handler. He also served as a special agent and special agent supervisor with the Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco. This unique background offers clients a valuable perspective on navigating the heavily regulated alcohol beverage industry. Mr. Gonzalez counsels all segments of the alcohol industry - including brand owners, wholesale distributors, restaurants, hotels, bars, non-profits, and clubs - in regulatory compliance, liquor licenses, distribution, retail sales, promotions, marketing and administrative enforcement actions. Additionally, he assists with land use matters and mergers and acquisitions involving liquor licensing.

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

Mr. Gonzalez can be contacted at 407-244-1163 or luis.gonzalez@hklaw.com

Coming up in August 2020...

Food & Beverage: New Technological Innovations

In the past few years, hotel food and beverage departments have experienced significant growth. Managers are realizing just how much revenue potential this sector holds, both in terms of additional revenue and as a means to enhance the guest experience. As a result, substantial investments are being made in F&B operations as a way to satisfy hotel guests but also to keep pace with the competition. Though it has been a trend for many years, the Farm-to-Table movement shows no signs of abating. Hotel chains are abandoning corporate restaurants and are instead partnering with local chefs to create locally-influenced dining options. Local, farm-sourced ingredients paired with specialty beverages or local wine also satisfies the increasing demand from Millennial travelers who are eager to travel sustainably and contribute to a positive impact. A farm-to-table F&B program also helps to support the local economy, which builds community goodwill. Also popular are "Self-Serv" and "Grab & Go" options. These concepts stem from an awareness that a guest's time is limited and if a hotel can supply them with fast, fresh, food and beverage choices, then so much the better for them. Plus, by placing these specialty kiosks in areas that might be traditionally under-utilized (the lobby, for instance), they can become popular destination locations. Of course, there are new technological innovations as well. In-room, on-screen menus allow guests to order from any restaurant on the property, and some hotels are partnering with delivery companies that make it possible for guests to order food from any restaurant in the area. Also, many hotels are implementing in-room, voice-activated devices, so ordering food via an AI-powered assistant will soon become mainstream as well. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these developments and document what some leading hotels are doing to expand this area of their business.