Langley & Banack understands the various legal needs of businesses. Our clients range from large corporations to new business ventures. Our corporate and tax attorneys have the experience to address legal services for a wide range of hospitality concerns, including the following:
- Company formation
- Governance and management
- Company finance
- Business transactions (mergers, reorganizations, and divestitures, commercial leases, joint ventures, franchise and distribution agreements, sale of goods and services agreements, employment and confidentiality agreements and contracts between vendors and suppliers)
- International transactions
Langley & Banack’s attorneys have extensive experience and expertise handling complex commercial construction disputes in two-party and multi-party litigation. The firm has a comprehensive knowledge in construction issues regarding the following:
- Defective performance
- Delay claims
- Impact claims
- Design omissions
- Design defects
- Mechanics liens
- Bond claims
- Fraud and deceptive trade claims.
Labor and Employment
Langley & Banack’s labor and employment attorneys are experienced in dealing with the many special circumstances that employers in the industry face because their workforces typically include part-time, seasonal and temporary employees, independent contractors, and workers whose compensation includes commissions and tips. Often, our attorneys provide in-house training to clients and their management team on risk management and legal issues confronted in the work place. They assist clients to develop policy and employment manuals covering federal, state and local government laws. Collectively, our attorneys are able to assist clients in all aspects of labor and employment matters, from day-to-day advice to complex employment litigation. Although preventative measures and planning can be extremely useful in avoiding liability or reducing exposure, at times, businesses may face litigation. Our labor and employment attorneys bring a depth of experience in representing employers before federal agencies such as the EEOC and the Department of Labor, and various state antidiscrimination agencies. They are often requested to provide trial and appellate support in all types of claims, to include the following:
- Age, race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual harassment, and disability discrimination
- Invasion of privacy
- Noncompetition agreements
- Duty-of-loyalty claims
- Equal-pay disputes
- Employment benefits disputes
- Wage-and-hour claims
- Whistle-blower and wrongful-discharge claims
Financial Restructuring and Bankruptcy
Whether it is your business that needs protection through reorganization or liquidation, or if one of your suppliers or creditors files for bankruptcy protection, Langley & Banack’s financial restructuring and bankruptcy attorneys can guide you through the troubled waters of the bankruptcy process. Our attorneys are skilled at representing both debtors and creditors in the restaurant and hospitality industries.
Government Relations and Regulatory Law
Our attorneys assist clients through the administrative, regulatory and legislative processes of the local and state governments. Our experience includes handling matters of concern to the restaurant and hospitality industry, including matters involving corporate, real estate, environmental, litigation, taxation, land use, building code issues and consultations regarding TABC licensing.
Our insurance law attorneys have a wealth of experience dealing with a wide variety of insurance policies and issues. This experience includes dealing with,
- Property insurance
- Liability insurance
- Directors and officers’ liability insurance
- Errors and omissions insurance
- Health and accident insurance
- Excess and umbrella insurance
- Title insurance
- Fidelity bonds
- Surety bonds
Our attorneys handle disputes between policyholders and insurance carriers, between primary and excess carriers, and claims involving other parties to insurance transactions including insurance agents, brokers, and other intermediaries.
Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution
Because disputes are costly and disruptive to normal business operations, our primary goal is to help businesses manage risk by putting proactive, preventative measures in place. However, when disputes arise that can be resolved only through the intervention of the courts, our seasoned trial attorneys are formidable advocates in your corner. Our litigators are seasoned trial attorneys who represent companies in all types and sizes of hospitality law related disputes in the state and federal courts and before state and federal regulatory agencies and tribunals.
Many times a legal dispute is resolved or even tried outside of the court system through a process known as alternative dispute resolution (ADR). As part of Langley & Banack’s extensive civil litigation practice, our attorneys regularly represent clients in arbitrations, mediations and other forms of ADR. Our litigation section is often engaged to advise clients on the appropriateness, timing and pros and cons of the use of various ADR methods and procedures to help position a case toward a successful resolution and/or result. Due to certain members of the Firm having additional experience in serving as an arbitrator and/or a mediator in legal disputes, the Firm has a unique perspective on how to most effectively present cases in an ADR setting. Our experience and reputation in the courtroom and through ADR is a significant advantage for our firm in handling legal disputes in mediation or arbitration.
Real Estate and Development
Whether a development site is in a shopping mall, urban shopping area, strip center or freestanding location, we work with clients in handling all legal aspects of the construction phase, including negotiation and drafting of contracts. Langley & Banack attorneys provide clients with comprehensive services encompassing the full range of commercial real estate and development issues, including:
- Acquisitions and dispositions
- Contract negotiations
- Construction and development financing
- Development planning
- Tax planning
- Subdivision development
- Municipal regulation
- Environmental issues
- Title and survey issues
- Easement resolutions
- Adverse possession and condemnation
Our litigation team also has extensive experience in handling related real estate and construction based litigation.
Dram Shop Liability
Dram shop laws aim to hold owners of establishments responsible for injuries that an intoxicated patron causes. Our attorneys aim to provide counsel on the application of dram shop laws in Texas so that employees of restaurants, bars and hotels know the potential liability associated with serving consumers alcoholic beverages. Langley & Banack’s litigation team has a wealth of experience in representing clients were claims associated with dram shop liability are involved.
General Liability & Casualty
Our attorneys have vast experience handling numerous types of general casualty litigation including,
- Slip/trip and fall claims
- Snow and ice claims
- Motor vehicle and trucking litigation
- Premises liability
- Property damage/subrogation
- Catastrophic personal injury
- Wrongful death claims
- Claims arising from food-borne illnesses, allergens, foreign objects and personal injuries
Premises Liability/Negligent Security
Although businesses do their very best to provide a safe environment so that patrons are not injured on their properties or become victims of third-party criminal conduct while present on their properties, accidents are known to happen. Regardless of steps taken to prevent injuries on commercial or private property, a legal dispute may still ensue. Our attorneys counsel clients on risk management initiatives where appropriate and provide zealous representation where claims of premises liability or negligent security may be alleged.
Other Business Law Services:
- Intellectual property (protecting trademarks, copyrights, and service marks) and related issues in marketing and franchising activities.