Just published: The ADA Compliance and Defense Guide — free download

New Resource: The ADA Compliance and Defense Guide

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The Global Hospitality Group® of Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP (JMBM) is pleased to announce the latest publication in our We Wrote the Book™ series : The ADA Compliance and Defense Guide, a practical handbook for owners and operators of hotels, restaurants, golf courses, spas and sports facilities, banks and other financial institutions, retail stores, shopping centers, theaters, sports arenas, and other places of “public accommodation,” as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Co-authored by JMBM’s ADA Compliance & Defense Group Chairman, Martin H. “Marty” Orlick and JMBM’s Global Hospitality Group® Chairman, Jim Butler, the Guide reflects the complexities and ever-expanding requirements of the ADA.

About The ADA Compliance and Defense Guide, Understanding, preventing and defending claims and enforcement actions under the ADA

It will not surprise U.S. hotel owners and operators to learn that that business owners and operators in the U.S. have been subjected to more than 20,000 ADA civil lawsuits and DOJ enforcement actions since the ADA was enacted in 1991 – and most of those lawsuits were filed in the last 5 years. JMBM’s Global Hospitality Group® provides practical ADA compliance and defense advice for owners and operators. This book is an example and was written specifically to help owners and operators understand the challenges they face, encourage preventative compliance, and to prepare to defend ADA lawsuits.

Written in plain language, the Guide includes information on requirements for accessible websites, service animals, pool lifts, auxiliary aids, and the importance of developing company-wide ADA policies and procedures. Through numerous case studies, the Guide also addresses Department of Justice investigations and private plaintiff litigation.

It is surprising how many commercial property owners and operators are unaware that the ADA applies not only to their brick-and-mortar facilities, but also to “cyberaccessibility” regarding websites, reservations systems, call centers, and other forms of communication.  The ADA Compliance and Defense Guide, covers these issues, and more.

My partner and co-author, Marty Orlick, has defended more than 600 ADA lawsuits and counsels some of American’s leading companies on enterprise-wide ADA compliance. Marty and his team assist business owners and operators in complying with the ADA so that they can provide full and equal access to persons with disabilities. We hope this Guide will help.

Important topics covered in The ADA Compliance and Defense Guide

The ADA Guide covers four major topics that are critical to every owner, developer, investor, buyer or seller of a place of public accommodation:

  1. Overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Tips and traps for ADA compliance
  1. The ADA Litigation and Compliance Landscape
  • DOJ sweeps, compliance reviews, investigations and enforcement actions
  • Case studies: Starwood Hotels and The Phoenician, three of New York City’s top Zagat-rated restaurants, Hilton’s precedent-setting ADA Consent Decree, FedEx and Cinemark
  • How to handle an ADA lawsuit and how not to do it
  • California’s Certified Access Specialist program or CASp
  1. ADA Policies, Practices and Procedures
  • Service animal issues
  • Pool lifts
  • When disabled hotel guests’ needs go beyond the norm
  1. Timeshares and Fractionals
  2. Hot Topics on the ADA

Download your free copy of the ADA Compliance and Defense Guide here.

If you would like to discuss any of the issues presented in the Guide, please contact us:

Marty Orlick
Chairman, ADA Compliance & Defense Group
(415) 984-9667

Jim Butler
Chairman, Global Hospitality Group®
(310) 201-3526


Martin OlrickMartin H. Orlick is one of the top ADA defense lawyers in the country. He has helped hotels, restaurants, retailers, shopping centers, banks and other commercial property owners defend more than 600 ADA cases. In addition to defending lawsuits and governmental investigations, Marty’s team of ADA specialists focuses on enterprise-wide ADA compliance and litigation prevention, including facilities, website and operational compliance. Marty is the Chair of JMBM’s ADA Compliance & Defense Group, a Partner in JMBM’s Real Estate Group, and a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL). For more information about ADA compliance and defense, contact Marty Orlick at 415.984.9667 or morlick@jmbm.com.


Picture of Jim ButlerJim Butler is a founding partner of JMBM, and the founder and chairman of JMBM’s Global Hospitality Group® and Chinese Investment Group™. He is recognized as one of the top hotel lawyers in the world and has authored or co-authored The HMA & Franchise Agreement Handbook, How to Buy a Hotel Handbook, The ADA Compliance and Defense Guide, and The Lenders Handbook. Jim has led the Global Hospitality Group® in more than $87 billion of hotel transactional experience, involving more than 3,900 hotel properties located around the globe. Jim’s team has worked on more than 60 EB-5 projects over the past three years. 310.201-3526 or jbutler@jmbm.com

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