Hotel & Hospitality

Travis & Inman has experienced great success in the representation of its hotel and hospitality clients. In 2003, the firm won an appeal involving a hotel’s lease on a pier in Galveston, Texas. The trial court had ruled that the hotel’s lease on the pier had expired and awarded the City of Galveston its costs and attorneys’ fees. (Travis & Inman did not represent the hotel in the trial court.) On appeal, Travis & Inman obtained a reversal of this decision, extending the lease for another 30 years, and reversing the award of attorneys’ fees for the hotel. Flagship Hotel, Ltd. v. City of Galveston, 117 S.W.3d 552 (Tex. App.-Texarkana 2003, pet. denied). The firm was also able to convince the Texas Supreme Court to let the decision of the court of appeals stand.

In another matter, the firm obtained a summary judgment for the owners of a world class luxury hotel in a lawsuit brought by developers on an alleged oral representation regarding the development of adjacent property. The lawsuit was pending in front of the United States District Court, Western District of Texas. The developers appealed the adverse judgment, and the firm was able to convince the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to sustain the summary judgment.

In another matter, the firm assisted a Caribbean resort in recovering over $10,000,000 on insurance policies placed on the Lloyd’s exchange for business interruption resulting from a hurricane.

The firm represents hotels in every aspect of business, from contracts with vendors to contracts with owners and/or management companies to suits brought by or against guests. Currently, the firm is attempting to collect on a judgment it obtained for another world class luxury hotel against a wealthy foreign national for over $300,000 in unpaid hotel bills.