April 19 - 21, 2023

AHIA Spring 2023 Meeting

Boston Park Plaza, Boston, MA

AHIA Spring Meeting

April 19 - 21, 2023

Boston never gets old. 

Throughout time, Boston and Massachusetts have played an important part in our country’s history. Founded in 1630, just ten years after the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth, Boston grew as a harbor town and has always been strongly linked to the sea. Boston is unique as it is almost completely surrounded by water, with the Atlantic Ocean on two sides and the Charles River which runs along the back of the city. Whale watches, harbor cruises, tours of the Boston Tea Party Ship, island hopping, sailing and rowing on the Charles River, touring the U.S.S. Constitution, jogging, cycling or playing in one of the many parks along the waterways gives visitors plenty to do to discover Boston's nautical history. 

Surrounded by natural beauty, Boston’s 48 square miles are encircled by a bustling harbor, tranquil coastline and a strand of green parks designed by Frederick Law Olmsted known as the Emerald Necklace.  Two of the parks, the Boston Common and the Public Garden are back to back between the Back Bay and Downtown neighborhoods in the heart of the city.  The Boston Common, America's first public park, runs alongside the flower-filled Public Garden where Swan Boats, propelled by human power, glide across the pond from April through September. 

Join AHIA as we explore Boston for the 2023 Spring Meeting!

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Important information:

Check out the full schedule below.

Reservations at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel

50 Park Plaza
Boston, MA 02116

Boston's Most Beloved. 

The cherished downtown Boston landmark hotel has been fully restored and reimagined through a $100 million renovation. The most treasured of the Back Bay Boston hotels, our property is a destination itself.
Renowned as one of the best hotels in Boston, MA, our property offers an incomparable location and an elevated level of service. Our Boston Common hotel provides a selection of rooms and suites, all refurbished and redesigned, with a wealth of amenities and dining options. Boston Park Plaza is superbly located amid shopping, transportation, restaurants, and historic destinations that inspire discovery. 

We are making reservations via a rooming list again for the Spring 2023 meeting.  Superior Queen and Superior Double rooms are available for a nightly rate of $299 plus 14.95% tax ($25 facilities fee has been waived for AHIA guests).  To make your reservation, please include your arrival and departure dates and your desired room type when completing your meeting registration.  That’s all you need to do!  You will receive your confirmation number by April 1, 2023.  You will need to present your credit card at registration at the hotel.

Registrations received after March 28, 2023, cannot be guaranteed the AHIA room rate.

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Optional Historic Boston Walking Tour and Lunch

Wednesday, April 19, 1 pm

This tour offers a truly unique way to explore and experience Boston - and enjoy local food favorites along the way! These neighborhood food tour experiences are carefully curated to highlight the local food scene within the context of the surrounding neighborhood. By combining the best of sightseeing with local food tastings, we have created a perfect recipe for a fun and memorable experience shared with your fellow AHIA members and guests in some of Boston’s vibrant and delicious neighborhoods.

Included in the tour:

Additional Registration fee - $115, includes all tastings, tax, and gratuity.  

Opening Reception at Holland & Knight

Wednesday, 5 -7 pm ET

Check in at the AHIA registration desk in the Boston Park Plaza Hotel lobby and then head across the street to the 11th Floor of the Holland & Knight building for the AHIA Spring Meeting Opening Reception. 

Sponsored by 

Holland & Knight

Wednesday Evening Dine-Around

After our opening reception at the beautiful Holland and Knight Boston office, find a group of friends and head out on the town!  Reservations have been made at a variety of restaurants within walking distance of the hotel.  Attendees will choose one of the following four locations for dinner:

Abe & Louie's

Abe & Louie’s sets the standard for the classic American steakhouse, offering unparalleled flavor combinations and undeniably superior service with an air of timeless sophistication. Award-winning signature menu items include prime-aged midwestern steaks and fresh seafood accompanied by seasonal produce and more than 200 globally sourced wines.

Atlantic Fish Company

A landmark for Boston’s best seafood, Atlantic Fish has been serving New England’s freshest catch since 1978. Menus are printed daily to reflect quality offerings, sourced straight from the harbor every morning.

Grill 23 & Bar

Renowned for its Brandt prime, all-natural, dry-aged beef and fresh, creative seafood presentations as well as Boston's only Wine Spectator Grand Award-winning wine list. Boston's best steakhouse for over 30 years! Independent, family-owned, and operated. Superb event venue as well.

The Banks Fish House

A New England Fish House revival, a homage to the Atlantic fishing tradition. 

Thursday Afternoon Reception and Student Exchange

Boston is famous for its world-class universities, including six law schools and the Boston University School of Hospitality (“SHA”).  Accordingly, for the first time, the Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys (AHIA) is inviting students to join a panel discussion at our Spring Conference focused on how some of our industry’s leading hospitality lawyers built their careers.  The panel will consist of law firm lawyers, as well as in-house counsel.  Admission for students to the panel, and a reception, thereafter, is free of charge. 

Students:  Click here to register for the AHIA Student Exchange at no cost, courtesy of AHIA member donations.  Thursday evening dinner tickets may be purchased if you wish to join us for dinner following the exchange. 

AHIA Members:  Interested in supporting student attendance?  You can add student support to the cost of your registration.  

Dinner with the Sharks

Thursday Evening Dinner at the New England Aquarium

Join AHIA in the West Wing Gallery of the New England Aquarium as we unwind after a full day of continuing legal education.  We will have a fabulous dinner while enjoying views of the largest shark and ray touch tank on the East Coast!

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Tentative Program Schedule - Subject to Change

Wednesday - April 19, 2023

1:00 – 4:00 pm Optional Classic Bites of Boston Walking Tour advanced registration required
4:15 – 5:00 pm Board of Directors Meeting
5:00 - 7:00 pm

Opening Reception at Holland & Knight

10 St James Ave, 11th Floor, Boston, MA 02116

7:00 pm Dine Around
Depart for your chosen restaurant.  All locations are within walking distance of our hotel. Reservations are for 7:15 pm under the name AHIA.

Thursday - April 20, 2023

8:00 am Breakfast and Networking  
9:00 - 10:00 am

Welcome and Introductions

Gordon Katz, AHIA Program Chair, Holland & Knight
David Samuels, AHIA President, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith

10:00 – Noon

Transactions Update & Consultations Panel

Gary Avigne, Pinnacle Advisory Group
Wendy Hansen, Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP
Diane McDermott, Holland & Knight
Nelson Migdal, Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Rachel J. Roginsky, Pinnacle Advisory Group

Noon – 1:00 pm

Lunch – With Remarks from the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau

Hilina D. Ajakaiye
Executive Vice President
Meet Boston

1:00 – 2:00 pm

Hospitality Hot Spot: The FTC's Plan to Haul Away "Junk Fees"

Eryn Karpinski Hoerster, Foster Garvey PC
Joel Roberson, Holland & Knight

2:00 – 2:45 pm

News from the American Arbitration Association

Lisa Romeo, Assistant Vice President, Boston, American Arbitration Association

2:45 – 3:15 pm


3:15 - 4:45 pm 

Student Exchange:  The Many Paths to Hospitality Law

Moderator:  Philip Harris, Harris Hospitality Law
Josh Bowman, Sherin and Lodgen LLP
Brad Maxwell, EVP and GC, Sonesta
Cynthia Warren, Pyramid Global

6:00 - 9:00 pm Dinner with the Sharks and the New England Aquarium

Friday - April 21, 2023

9:00 – 10:00 am Breakfast and Networking
10:00 – 11:00 am

Machinations of Bringing a Casino to New Markets

Moderator:  Joshua M. Bowman, Sherin and Lodgen LLP
Jacqui Krum, Encore Boston Harbor
Jed Nosal, Womble Bond Dickinson

11:00 – 12:00 pm

Liquor Law Hot Topics & Forum: How Does Massachusetts Compare to Your State?

Adena Santiago, Foster Garvey PC
Grace Yang, GrayRobinson, P.A.

12:00 – 12:15 pm

Closing Message

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Covid-19 Information

The Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys is withdrawing the requirement of proof of vaccination for our Spring 2023 Meeting in Boston, MA.  Instead, AHIA strongly encourages adherence to current CDC recommendations and guidelines for all attendees and their guests.

More information can be found at CDC.  This policy is subject to change at the discretion of the association. 

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