NEW YORK (April 29, 2010) – Banks Brown, partner in the New York office of McDermott Will & Emery, has been awarded the 2010 Distinguished Service Award by the Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys. The award will be presented at the Academy’s Fall Meeting on November 5, 2010 in Las Vegas.
The Academy was formed in 1995 by a group of attorneys from across the United States who represent clients or serve in-house for companies in the hotel, travel, tourism, convention, meeting and restaurant industries. In addition to offering industry-specific CLE programs twice a year, the association provides its members with a useful network of recognized and experienced hospitality attorneys and leaders. Each year AHIA recognizes an attorney whose character and achievements exemplify the Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys’ commitment to promoting professionalism, education and improved communication within a network of highly skilled and experienced attorneys serving the hospitality industry.
Banks Brown is head of the New York office Trial Practice Group and focuses his trial practice on complex commercial litigation and disputes. Since 1995, he has served as the General Counsel for the American Hotel & Lodging Association and the Hotel Association of New York City, Inc. He is also General Counsel to The Destination Marketing Association International, and was General Counsel to the Travel Business Roundtable until its merger with the USTA. He regularly writes for Lodging Law, a publication of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, and is the 2006 recipient of the Anthony G. Marshall Award for Pioneering and Continuous Contribution to Hospitality Law. He is co-author of a recognized treatise on hospitality law entitled “Understanding Hospitality Law” (5th Ed. Educational Institute, AHLA). He was admitted to the Bar of the State of New York in 1978.
Brown says, “I have gotten immense pleasure from helping the hospitality industry for 15 years (and counting) and had always thought that was reward enough. But, this award is like a jewel to me because those who have chosen me--the members of AHIA--have rendered such consistently high quality and invaluable service to the industry over the decades. Given their vast contribution, I am humbled that they would think of me as deserving of this honor.”
AHIA membership is open only to qualified applicants who focus a substantial portion of the practices in the hospitality arena. Applications are subject to review and approval by the Board and members. For membership information and more details, contact Linda Card, Executive Director, at 303-892-6966 ext. 5 or Linda ahiattorneys.org.