Mr. O'Hara III

Robert J. O'Hara III

Attorney

Flaherty & O'Hara, PC

Robert “R.J.” O’Hara received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Dayton in 1989 and his B.A. in English in 1985 from the same school. He served as Articles Editor of the University of Dayton Law Review and is a member of the National Honors Society in History.

Mr. O’Hara was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar and the U.S. District Court of the Western District of Pennsylvania in 1989. He was a co-founder of the Alliance of Alcohol Industry Attorneys and Consultants and is chair of its Board. He is an associate member of the National Conference of State Liquor Administrators, the National Association of Alcohol Beverage Administrators, the Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys, the National Association of Licensing and Compliance Professionals, HospitalityLawyers.Com. He is often an invited speaker at national and regional conferences on alcohol-related topics.

R.J. provides general liquor licensing counsel, handles ownership changes, litigation, citations and administrative hearings, and advises clients on complex national licensing issues arising from mergers, acquisitions and corporate restructuring. He represents investment and financial companies entering the hospitality, restaurant and alcohol manufacturing spaces and he is adept at addressing their unique concerns as they relate to liquor licensing and compliance. He also advises clients on the legality of national alcohol promotions and marketing programs.

Mr. O’Hara conducts seminars for clients regarding liquor liability and related restaurant and alcohol management issues, oversees employee integrity testing and employee compliance with employer alcohol policies through the implementation of targeted secret shopper programs and often drafts liquor-oriented legislation.

Mr. O’Hara is also a shareholder and board member in a craft brewery, Erie Brewing Company in Erie, PA, maker of Railbender Ale, an award-winning Scotch ale.

Mr. O'Hara III can be contacted at 412-456-2001 or rj@flaherty-ohara.com

Coming Up In The September Online Hotel Business Review




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Hotel Group Meetings: Blue Skies Ahead
After a decade of sacrifice and struggle, it seems that hotels and meeting planners have every reason to be optimistic about the group meeting business going forward. By every industry benchmark and measure, 2017 is shaping up to be a record year, which means more meetings in more locations for more attendees. And though no one in the industry is complaining about this rosy outlook, the strong demand is increasing competition among meeting planners across the board – for the most desirable locations, for the best hotels, for the most creative experiences, for the most talented chefs, and for the best technology available. Because of this robust demand, hotels are in the driver’s seat and they are flexing their collective muscles. Even though over 100,000 new rooms were added last year, hotel rates are expected to rise by a minimum of 4.0%, and they are also charging fees on amenities that were often gratis in the past. In addition, hotels are offering shorter lead times on booking commitments, forcing planners to sign contracts earlier than in past years. Planners are having to work more quickly and to commit farther in advance to secure key properties. Planners are also having to meet increased attendee expectations. They no longer are content with a trade show and a few dinners; they want an experience. Planners need to find ways to create a meaningful experience to ensure that attendees walk away with an impactful memory. This kind of experiential learning can generate a deeper emotional connection, which can ultimately result in increased brand recognition, client retention, and incremental sales. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group business and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.