Focusing on multiple-location retail, restaurant and theatre businesses, Janet represents employers, providing advice, counsel and training on sexual harassment prevention and investigations, terminations of employment, plant closings, employee disciplinary actions, formulation of personnel policies, drafting employee handbooks, and related human resources issues aimed at avoiding employment litigation. She also represents employers and businesses in employment, general business and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) public accommodation disputes and litigation. Whether the goal is avoiding a lawsuit, settlement or active litigation, Janet’s more than 20 years of business experience are a proven asset to her practice.
Matt focuses his practice in the areas of hospitality business transactions, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, real estate and finance. He has a wide range of merger and acquisition experience, ranging from the creation of high-tech joint ventures to the sale of timberlands. Matthew has particular experience in the hospitality industry, and has handled the acquisition, disposition, financing and franchising of numerous hotel properties.
Riley’s transactional practice focuses on growth and development counseling for business clients with a niche focus on the restaurant industry. He comes to his legal practice with many years of restaurant management and ownership experience with successful restaurant groups in Los Angeles and is achieving recognition as one of the nation’s leading attorneys in the restaurant space. His extensive relationships in the restaurant industry, practical knowledge of restaurant operations, and keen understanding of the legal issues associated with protecting and growing a restaurant concept enable Riley to provide efficient and sensible counsel and serve as the catalyst for many business transactions.
John focuses his practice on employment law and related litigation. He represents employers and management exclusively in wrongful discharge, harassment and discrimination litigation; in matters including wage and hour class actions, trade secrets/unfair competition and ERISA; and in proceedings before federal and state administrative agencies. He trains supervisors and employees in best practices for dealing with workplace harassment and discrimination, and provides counsel and advice on a range of personnel issues, including privacy matters, employment agreements, and workplace technology. John also assists clients in investigations of employment-related complaints and corporate malfeasance.
Steve provides legal, business and strategic advice at the highest professional level, with a focus on commercial real estate and land use in the hospitality industry. He provides acquisition, development, entitlement, financing, leasing and operations services to real estate development clients, such as restaurants and hotels. He regularly serves as a lecturer and panelist at APA, ABAG, CTIA and MCLE conferences.
Steve’s clients include: Ace Capital Group, Barry Swenson Builder, Kimpton Hotel and Restaurant Group, Millennium Hotels and Resorts, Pacific Hotel Management, Republic Urban Properties and Signature Properties.
Jess Lyon focuses his practice on transactions and regulatory issues for clients in the wine, food, beverage and agribusiness industries. He helps structure and negotiate asset acquisitions, and develops strategic agreements for manufacturing, distribution, licensing and marketing. Jess advises clients in a full range of related work, from real estate transactions to trademark licensing. Jess is an active member and presenter to regional winery industry groups throughout Oregon and Washington, and has addressed the management of industry-specific legal opportunities and pitfalls in presentations in speeches and articles for the members of other key food and agribusiness organizations throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Sheila represents wineries, breweries, restaurants and food product companies with trademark and brand protection and enforcement efforts and other intellectual property protection needs. She also represents content developers, technology and software companies, and those in the biotech industries.
Shelley is a nationally recognized business franchise and distribution attorney with more than 30 years of experience representing franchisors, manufacturers, licensors, suppliers, franchisees and distributors in their domestic and international expansion and strategic development. Shelley concentrates her practice on a broad spectrum of transactional and regulatory issues.
Kevin works as a Business Development and Marketing professional for Davis Wright Tremaine. He has industry experience in the food and alcohol beverage industry, and he also holds a law degree.