Doerner lawyers work to promote the interests and protect the rights of businesses in the hospitality industry in Oklahoma and beyond. As a full-service law firm, we provide legal representation for all compliance, transactional and dispute resolution matters. Due to our experience, we are well-versed in the legal issues and challenges that businesses in the hospitality industry face on a day-to-day basis—and we rely on the insights gained from this experience to guide our clients strategically forward.

Hospitality Businesses We Serve

We serve businesses in all segments of the hospitality industry. With offices in Oklahoma’s two largest markets—Tulsa and Oklahoma City—we are uniquely positioned to represent businesses statewide. We also routinely represent businesses outside of Oklahoma, and we have the team, capabilities and resources required to provide effective legal representation throughout the Heartland. Our hospitality lawyers are available to provide representation to businesses including:

  • Bars, cafés and restaurants
  • Gaming ventures and venues
  • Entertainment venues
  • Hotels and motels
  • Nightclubs
  • Outfitters, guides and rental agencies
  • Resorts
  • Travel agencies
  • Vacation rentals
  • Other businesses in the hospitality industry

What We Do for Our Hospitality Clients

Within our hospitality practice, we provide legal services in four primary areas: (i) regulatory and compliance; (ii) corporate; (iii) transactions; and, (iv) dispute resolution. While some businesses have engaged our firm for individual projects and disputes, we have worked with many of our hospitality clients for decades.

Regulatory and Compliance

From liquor licensing to addressing OSHA’s health and safety requirements, hospitality businesses can face a wide range of issues in the areas of regulation and compliance. We help our clients understand their regulatory and compliance obligations, and then we assist them with meeting these obligations as cost-effectively as possible.


We provide comprehensive corporate representation for our hospitality clients. From forming new businesses to closing mergers and acquisitions, we represent our clients throughout the business lifecycle. Our lawyers are able to assist with securities, intellectual property and other corporate legal matters as well.


Our lawyers represent hospitality businesses in all types of business, commercial and real estate transactions. We understand the unique risks that businesses in the hospitality industry face, and we strategically address these risks when drafting and negotiating our clients’ contracts.

Dispute Resolution

When disputes arise, an informed and strategic approach is key. Although courtroom litigation will be necessary in some cases, it will often be possible to achieve a favorable out-of-court resolution with the right approach. While our lawyers have significant experience in both state and federal court, we focus on resolving our clients’ disputes informally (and confidentially) whenever possible.

  • Licensing, zoning and other regulatory matters
  • Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) compliance
  • Corporate entities and governance
  • Securities law
  • Commercial contracts
  • Employment law
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Real estate transactions and development
  • Informal and alternative dispute resolution
  • State and federal litigation

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If you would like to know more about our firm’s hospitality practice, we invite you to get in touch. Please contact us to schedule an appointment with a Doerner lawyer today.

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