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Mr. Haley

Victor P. Haley

Partner, Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan LLP

Victor P. Haley is a Partner at the Atlanta office of law firm Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan LLP. Victor practices in the hospitality, golf course and resort area. Victor regularly represents large hotel operators and hotel owners in connection with hotel acquisitions, dispositions and development throughout the Americas and the Caribbean. He has recently represented InterContinental Hotels Group in connection with its investment in the Cayo Largo Resort development in eastern Puerto Rico, its acquisition of the former Ritz-Carlton on Central Park South in New York and its acquisition of the historic Stephen F. Austin Hotel. In addition, Victor has assisted InterContinental Hotels Group in the development of new hotels and resorts in Miami, Minneapolis and Puerto Rico and has extensive experience in negotiating hotel operating agreements both for hotel owners and operators. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute and regularly speaks at legal education and industry forums on hotel acquisitions, development and operating issues.

Mr. Haley can be contacted at 404-853-8302 or victor.haley@sablaw.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.