Gould + Ratner

Hospitality, Food and Beverage

Representing a number of hospitality, food and beverage businesses for more than 40 years, Gould & Ratner lawyers serve clients ranging from manufacturers of consumer-branded and private-label products, to food product and ingredient distributors, to service providers and restaurants.

We have performed a wide variety of services for these dynamic businesses, including often serving as de facto outsourced general counsel, as well as:

  • Acquisitions/divestitures
  • Management incentives
  • Distribution/supply/sales agreements and relationships
  • Dispute resolution
  • Human resources and employment 
  • Food and safety issues
  • Food recall issues
  • Collection and customer/supplier dispute issues
  • Real estate issues
  • Tax and financial planning for the companies, owners and management team

Our hospitality, food and beverage clients are located throughout the United States. In addition, we have assisted these clients as their needs arise in many different countries worldwide thanks to our seamless web of geographic coverage worldwide through Law Exchange International and other relationships.

Many of our clients in this dynamic industry retain us as their general counsel, where we provide a 360-degree holistic approach to serve their business law needs, including:

  • Entity formation
  • Inter-owner relations
  • Employment law, human resources counseling and training
  • Structural and organic changes
  • Third-party agreements
  • Protection of valuable intangible assets
  • Dispute resolution
  • Reorganizations
  • Real estate

Our lawyers have deep roots and specific knowledge of the food and beverage industry. We are not just mere technicians that apply our craft oblivious to the industry and business context.  Our clients know that we understand their businesses and are committed to helping them succeed.

The touchstone of our service to clients is translating our legal skill and business experience into practical solutions that work, helping our clients succeed.