Law Offices of Randy Smith: Hospitality Industry Counsel


At the Law Offices of Randy Smith, we know the hospitality industry from the inside out. Firm founder and lead attorney, Randy Smith, grew up watching his family run a commercial brokerage firm that negotiated hotel deals all over the United States. Before turning to the practice of law, Randy spent over a decade working in his family’s company, learning the nuances of the hospitality business. This insider perspective allows him to provide our clients in the hospitality industry with real-world legal solutions and practical advice.

Our clients are in the customer service business. At the Law Offices of Randy Smith, we serve those who serve the public by providing personalized attention and solutions tailored toward each client’s distinct needs. We help businesses from every corner of the industry, including restaurants, bars, hotels and motels, and transportation companies. Our clients include owners, managers, buyers and sellers, developers, lenders, franchisors and franchisees, and construction companies.

Serving the Unique Needs of Hospitality Businesses

The hospitality industry is one of the fastest-growing industries in the United States. This rapid growth means businesses in the hospitality sector face constant challenges that demand innovative legal guidance. We draw upon our unique insight of the industry to offer our clients the results-oriented counsel they need to meet these challenges head-on and emerge successful.

Our extensive knowledge base is unique among law firms. We make it our priority to predict risks, identify legal potholes, and prevent the setbacks and mistakes that lead to delayed openings, lost profits, prolonged closures, expensive fines, personal liability, and costly litigation. Because we stay on top of ever-changing rules and regulations, our clients can focus on running their businesses and achieving their goals.

Hospitality Transactions

We represent clients in all transactional matters, including contract formation, dispositions, and mergers and acquisitions. We also assist our clients with succession planning, so they can avoid transition speed bumps that lower profits and disrupt daily operations.

Franchise Agreements

Buying or selling a franchise is a complex business arrangement that requires careful planning and detailed contract formation. Without an experienced franchise attorney on your side, you run the risk of making costly errors that could seriously compromise your personal assets and your ability to stay in business. Hotel franchisees must contend with particularly challenging legal concerns, such as territorial encroachment, which occurs when individual outlets or franchises owned by the same parent company are positioned too closely to fellow franchisees. We partner with you to identify potential problems early on and draft franchise agreements designed to minimize conflict and protect your important interests.

Hospitality Business Negotiation

Our deep knowledge of the hospitality business allows us to anticipate future problems and identify solutions that make good business sense. We help clients resolve a variety of disputes, including conflicts related to contracts, shareholders, real estate, and franchising operations.

Real Estate

The common real estate mantra “location, location, location” is especially relevant in the context of commercial real estate – and critically important to businesses in the hospitality industry. Whether you operate a bar, hotel, restaurant, or nightclub, your location will make or break your business. We assist clients in all matters involving real estate, including commercial leasing, zone requirements, construction, land use, environmental issues, and eminent domain.

Invaluable Experience. Knowledgeable Counsel.

Find out more about our hospitality practice and how we can help you build and grow your business. Contact our Springfield, Missouri office today at (417) 841-2775 to speak to one of our business lawyers. You can also get in touch by using our online contact form.

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