Client Focus

Companies that make, sell, or distribute food and beverages, including restaurant chains, franchisers, breweries, and watering holes. Also, companies in the hotel and resort industry, and others that facilitate travel such as travel agencies and tour operators.

Industry Contact

Jeffrey W. Ryan
T + 214.905.2003

William H. Chamblee
T + 214.905.2003

Representative Clients

We’ve represented companies and their insurers in the restaurant and franchise industry including Cold Stone Creamery, El Fenix, Whataburger, i Fratelli Pizza, Wendy’s, Rock Bottom Restaurant Breweries, and Pappas Restaurants.  We have also represented those in the hotel and resort industry such as Embassy Suites Hotels, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, and Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, in addition to numerous country clubs, fishing and hunting lodges, and golf courses.


Client experience is the most important ingredient in the hospitality industry. Corporate executives, general managers, and their staff aim to provide a quality experience for their patrons on a daily basis. Our approach at Chamblee Ryan is no different for our clients who operate in the hospitality industry. Our attorneys aim to provide clients with comprehensive and cost-effective representation of their businesses in the industry matters they face including government regulation and licensing, premises liability litigation, labor issues, real estate purchases and leases, and general counseling to help their businesses grow and succeed.

The quality service you provide in your own business, you can expect from Chamblee Ryan. Our attorneys know your industry and are passionate about your success. Our collaborative approach at Chamblee Ryan allows for the participation of lawyers with experience in multiple fields to assist you, including lawyers with expertise in labor and employment, real estate, litigation, and government regulation ranging from liquor licensing, to environmental construction permits, to OSHA safely compliance.

A broad range of services. Businesses in the hospitality industry face a wide range of issues and legal challenges. Chamblee Ryan represents a variety of hospitality clients in a wide range of litigation and transactions throughout Texas and the region. These matters include alcoholic beverage issues, construction, franchise matters, labor and employment, hotel management, corporate governance, insurance coverage, and personal injury defense.

Results Driven

Obtained a take-nothing defense verdict on behalf of a Fort Worth restaurant in a multi-fatality dram shop case after a two-and-a-half week trial wherein Plaintiffs sought an award of $10 million.

Obtained a complete summary judgment in favor of a DFW restaurant chain in a dram shop case involving multiple fatalities, persuasively arguing that there was no evidence establishing that the decedent was a patron of the local restaurant nor evidence indicating that the decedent was served any alcohol by the local restaurant.

Representation of a Dallas-based ownership group that owns and manages several different restaurant chains through an extensive investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor regarding labor practices.

Advised and counseled an investment group in the purchase of necessary liquor licensing and overall assistance in the business formation of a liquor store in a newly-wet Arkansas county.

Representation of a DFW catering company through requests for a software audit and alleged software piracy by the Business Software Alliance ultimately reaching a nominal settlement and avoiding costly litigation.

Representation of a gulf coast resort in a significant business restructuring involving issues of ownership transfer, real estate, business assets, labor, and family estate management.