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Mr. Shepherd

William Shepherd

Partner, Holland & Knight LLP

William Shepherd is a partner with Holland & Knight LLP and a former statewide prosecutor of Florida. He represents clients involved in civil and criminal government investigations and helps them create effective compliance plans.

Mr. Shepherd regularly meets with clients to update their compliance programs and to train global staff to assure that problems are avoided before they are created. He helps clients comply with federal anti-human trafficking regulations, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), global anti-corruption laws, and healthcare fraud and anti-kickback regulations.

Given Mr. Shepherd's broad experience as a prosecutor directly handling and supervising hundreds of proactive investigations, he is regularly called upon by general counsel to handle and manage complex internal investigations. In the last several years, Mr. Shepherd has been retained by companies, their boards or special investigative boards, in both public and private settings, to handle investigations in the areas of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), cybercrime and data breaches, human trafficking and supply chain issues, theft and embezzlement, securities fraud insider trading, bank fraud and board self-dealing, university procurement and contracting, employee misconduct (including both financial misconduct and sexual misconduct, and sports industry investigations.

Mr. Shepherd is a former chair of the American Bar Association's 20,000 member Criminal Justice Section and is recognized by Best Lawyers in America and Chambers USA as a top lawyer in the areas of White-Collar Criminal Defense and Government Investigations. He is headquartered in the firm's West Palm Beach office, but advises clients from around the world.

Mr. Shepherd can be contacted at 954-468-7902 or william.shepherd@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.