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Throughout Greg’s 25+ year career working in the hospitality industry, he has dedicated himself to helping clients solve the range of legal issues associated with operating a modern hospitality operation – from negotiating management and other operational agreements to advising on the myriad of issues associated with sales distribution and online travel.

Greg is Chair of the firm's national Hospitality, Travel & Tourism practice, which is directed at the variety of matters faced by hospitality and travel industry members, including purchase and sales agreements, management agreements, sales and marketing, distribution, privacy and data security, procurement and technology. 

His clients include owners, operators and franchisors of hotels and resorts, airlines, cruise lines, tour operators and restaurants.

Greg has served as counsel to many of the hospitality industry's local, state and national trade associations and trade groups, including the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA), Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) and Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP).

Prior to his career in private practice, Greg served in-house legal and business roles with the Westin Hotel Company/Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Homegrocer.com/Webvan Group and Columbia Hospitality.

Greg publishes Online Travel Update, a weekly digest offering a global perspective of key trends and issues impacting the hospitality and online travel industries. His Online Travel Update posts appear on Foster Garvey’s Duff on Hospitality Law blog and are syndicated by JD Supra. Since 2019, Greg has been recognized among JD Supra’s Top Authors in its annual Readers’ Choice Awards, and in 2021, he was recognized as the content platform’s #1 Author in the Transportation category.

Professional Activities

  • American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA), Member
  • Foster Garvey, Firm Co-Chair, 2019-2020
  • Garvey Schubert Barer, Firm Chair, 2016-2019
  • Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI), Member
  • Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association (ORLA), Member
  • University of Washington School of Law, Hospitality Law, Part-time Lecturer
  • Washington Lodging Association (WLA), Member

Experience

Experience

Blog Posts

Blog Posts

News & Insights

News

Speaking Engagements

Past Appearances

Admissions

  • Washington, 1994
  • Oregon, 2012

Education

  • J.D., Seattle University School of Law (magna cum laude), 1994
    • University of Puget Sound Law Review, Editor-in-Chief, 1993-1994
  • B.S., Pepperdine University (magna cum laude), 1991

Honors & Recognition

  • Chambers USA (Nationwide) Leading Individual, Leisure & Hospitality, 2022
  • Chambers USA (Nationwide), Leisure & Hospitality, 2017
  • Washington Super Lawyer list
  • Seattle Met magazine, “Top Lawyer”
  • JD Supra Readers' Choice Awards, “Top Author”
    • Transportation, 2021-present
    • Airlines/Aviation, 2019-2020
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