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Hospitality & Food Service

Successfully operating a restaurant, hospitality, or food service business means navigating issues concerning capital and finance, health care, labor and employment, real estate, insurance, distribution, supply chain and food safety issues, among others.

Faegre Baker Daniels has extensive experience representing companies in the restaurant, hospitality, and food service industries. We offer a team of corporate, franchise, labor and employment, intellectual property, competition, and real estate and eminent domain lawyers who have collectively worked with hundreds of companies from these industries and advised them on critical business and legal issues. 


Faegre Baker Daniels handles capital raising and merger and acquisition transactions for emerging and established regional, national and international companies. We advise on the unique facets of restaurant, hospitality, and food service transactions—including tax issues, antitrust implications, technology licensing, trade secret protection, due diligence, and employment issues—as well as corporate governance.


We help companies—both market leaders and those in early stages of worldwide expansion—launch, grow, protect, and evolve successful systems. Our lawyers advise franchisors on structure and compliance, capital, mergers and acquisitions, finance and restructuring, brand positioning and protection, franchisor–franchisee communications and relationships, litigation and alternative dispute resolution, and international franchising.

Labor and Employment

Faegre Baker Daniels works with businesses to develop and advance the labor and employment elements of their core business strategies.  We counsel clients and defend them in litigation on a wide range of labor relations issues, employment discrimination law, workplace harassment, wage and hour laws, employee benefits, executive compensation, restrictive covenants, leave management, immigration, and other human resources and personnel-related areas.

Intellectual Property and Technology

We advise on global strategies for managing trademarks, trade names, copyrights, infringements and enforcement issues, e‑commerce and technology strategies, patents, licensing and technology agreements, intellectual property audits and outsourcing. We provide counsel on advertising and marketing matters such as rebate programs, contests and sweepstakes.

Real Estate and Eminent Domain

We handle land purchase and sales, land use/zoning/permitting, site development, Section 1031 exchanges, retail leasing and subleasing, and landlord disputes.  We have a nationally recognized eminent domain practice with several lawyers who make eminent domain their principal area of practice.  

Industry Involvement

Faegre Baker Daniels represents more than 60 restaurant, hospitality, and food service companies. To help us effectively serve these clients, we maintain an industry advisory board—consisting of executives and in-house counsel—who provide a first-hand perspective on industry challenges, as well as strategic opportunities we can leverage for our clients. Our lawyers are also involved in trade associations such as the National Restaurant Association, International Franchise Association and the American Hotel and Lodging Association and frequently present and write within these industries.  Faegre Baker Daniels holds an annual franchise summit that attracts more than 200 attendees nationwide.


Brian B. Schnell, Minneapolis
+1 612 766 7699

Sarah L. Brew, Minneapolis
+1 612 766 7470

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