Seminar Will Offer Hotel OperatorsAdvice On Dealing With ADA Suits

Even though the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) has been in effect for more than 10 years, hotel owners and operators are increasingly being named in ADA Title III (access to public accommodation) lawsuits. In New York City alone, the groups Accessibility for All and ADA Access Today have filed 42 Title III ADA lawsuits against New York City hotels in the last several months.

To help attorneys deal with this development, the firm of Nixon Peabody LLP this month is preparing a CLE seminar on behalf of the Greater New York Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel America (NY ACCA).

The program, titled Hotels & Restaurants Beware! How to Avoid Bar and Restaurant Licensing Pitfalls; Title III of the ADA and Its Impact on Hotel and Restaurant Design, Construction, Renovation and Guest-Employee Relations, is set for Friday, February 25.

This presentation will include an overview of the ADA's provisions applicable to hotels and how to avoid and defend ADA lawsuits.

Speakers at the session will be Jonathan W. Greenbaum, Matthew D. Bolting and Vincent O'Brien, all of Nixon Peabody, and Ron Fondiller, general counsel, Constellations Brand, Inc.

The program will take place from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Nixon Peabody offices,437 Madison Avenue, 24th Floor, New York City.

For details on CLE credits, see the Bulletin Board on The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel website at

For reservations, e-mail Robert Stoy at