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Restaurants & Hospitality

The hospitality industry is broad – from cafes, to restaurants, to breweries, to bed-and-breakfasts, up to large-scale chains – but no matter the size of the business, it is essential to stay ahead of possible legal or financial issues. This is where experienced attorneys are helpful. They can assist with a broad range of tasks, including the writing and analysis of contracts and governing documents, and help to obtain the necessary licenses and insulate a business against future insurance, employment, or management problems. Even when legal assistance may not seem immediately necessary, it is beneficial to establish a relationship with an attorney to be prepared when it inevitably becomes necessary.

At JVAM, our team of attorneys is well acquainted with the hospitality industry. We have counseled and represented hotels, bars, restaurants and related businesses, helping their owners ensure that their operation runs smoothly.

In addition to helping your hotel, restaurant, bar, cafe, or other hospitality business with general needs, such as employment matters, obtaining licenses and drafting operating agreements and leases, JVAM’s lawyers provide added value in these areas:

  • Business formation: JVAM works with clients to thoughtfully structure their hospitality businesses by addressing key questions on the front end so that they can avoid conflict and problems down the road.
  • Trademark and brand protection: JVAM helps hospitality businesses protect their intellectual property by obtaining the strongest possible patent, trademark, and copyright protection. Our lawyers also have experience litigating patent, trademark, and trade secret infringement and misappropriation.
  • Employment and labor law: In addition to litigation related to unemployment claims or workplace injuries, we can advise on personnel issues such as hirings, firings, and promotions.
  • Purchase and sale transactions: We help people who want to buy a hotel, restaurant, bar, or hospitality business by identifying and mitigating risks. JVAM also helps people get out of their business either through a sale or dissolution, minimizing liabilities for the parties.
  • Real estate purchase and leasing: JVAM helps with due diligence related to the purchase or leasing of commercial real estate, including drafting, negotiating, and renewing leases.


With several locations across Colorado, JVAM builds and protects companies, estates and livelihoods. Let us be your partner in achieving your goals.


With several locations across Western Colorado, JVAM builds and protect companies, estates and livelihoods. Let us be your partner in achieving your goals.


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