Banks Brown represents clients in complex commercial litigation and disputes, and has extensive experience in the defense of class action lawsuits.

Banks represents parties in numerous complex commercial arbitrations involving claims under the securities and the environmental laws and in sizeable disputes over sales contracts for crude oil, refined products and refinery performance, and steel products and steel manufacturing. In appropriate cases, he also represents parties in insurance and reinsurance disputes, admiralty arbitrations, and trusts and estates disputes.

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Ausgewählte Referenzmandate

  • As general counsel to the American Hotel & Lodging Association, advising on member and organizational concerns such as labor negotiations, Patriot Act and financial control regulations, Americans with Disabilities Act compliance, immigration issues related to seasonal employees, hotel safety procedures and policies (including in relation to possible terrorist attacks), conversion of transient hotel rooms into housing, governmental investigations of guests, data protection, credit card fraud, tourism funding initiatives, brand protection, franchise disputes and hotel management contract disputes
  • Represented the Gramercy Park Hotel (NY) and its owner and operator, GPH Management and RFR Hotel Group, in a lawsuit over the hotel’s alleged failure to accommodate people with disabilities; McDermott secured a settlement favorable to the client

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  • Chambers USA 2015-2016
  • Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys, Distinguished Service Award 2010
  • Anthony G. Marshall Award for Pioneering and Continuous Contribution to Hospitality Law 2006


University of Virginia School of Law, JD, 1977
Harvard University, BA, cum laude, 1974

New York

Banks Brown

Einblicke & Events / Medien

Hotel Business Review / December 26, 2016

Hotel Executive / December 2016

Hotel Executive / December 21, 2015