June 28, 2022

Restaurant Law Center Bolsters Capabilities through Partnership with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and Greenberg Traurig

Law Firm Partners Serve as Crucial Legal Advocates for Restaurant Industry 
Washington, D.C. – Today, the Restaurant Law Center (RLC) announced it is expanding its ability to provide the industry legal support through new partnerships with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP (Skadden) and Greenberg Traurig, LLP (Greenberg Traurig). The RLC partners with law firms that distinguish themselves as leading advocates for the restaurant industry and are committed to advancing the organization’s mission to protect and advance the restaurant industry, and promote laws and regulations that allow restaurants to continue to grow, create jobs and contribute to the economy. Skadden and Greenberg Traurig’s partnerships deliver additional expertise and legal leadership to the RLC and consequently, the industry at-large.  

“Skadden and Greenberg Traurig’s partnership will be integral to combating emerging legal challenges that threaten pro-business policies,” said Angelo Amador, Executive Director of the Restaurant Law Center. “These firms’ unique areas of expertise will better equip the RLC with additional experienced counsel, expanding our capabilities and allowing us–collectively–to best service the U.S. restaurant industry.”

Skadden is an invaluable partner to the RLC. The firm recently welcomed partners Meredith C. Slawe and Michael W. McTigue, who regularly defend class action matters brought under federal and state consumer protection statues, to Skadden's Mass Torts, Insurance and Consumer Litigation Group. Ms. Slawe and Mr. McTigue will help the RLC increase its capabilities to support restaurants facing legal threats relating to insurance and consumer claims.

“Given the significant class and mass action risk facing the restaurant industry, we appreciate the opportunity to continue to be a resource to the Restaurant Law Center and its members,” said Slawe.

Greenberg Traurig is a multi-national law firm that is ranked and recognized as a leader in the legal restaurant space for both transactional and litigation work, representing some of the world’s best-known brands. Riley Lagesen recently joined Greenberg Traurig with his team of restaurant finance and development specialists to serve as Chair of GT’s Global Restaurant Industry Group. Lagesen, who was involved with the RLC at his prior law firm, leads a GT team with over 100 attorneys, focusing on finance, employment, intellectual property, franchising, privacy, policy and government affairs, among other areas, which will now be available to support the RLC’s work.

“I have long enjoyed the partnership with the Restaurant Law Center, which is the Nation’s leading legal advocate on behalf of the industry. Partnering with the RLC provides a valuable opportunity for us to better serve restaurant industry clients and the restaurant industry as a whole,” said Lagesen.

“The Restaurant Law Center continues to build out its portfolio of partners, with a focus on providing the most value to our members and the industry,” said Chappell Phillips, Board Chair of the Restaurant Law Center and Executive Vice President & General Counsel for Golden Corral Corporation. “The addition of Skadden and Greenberg Traurig to our impressive list of Law Firm Partners greatly augments the RLC’s ability to defend and advocate for the nation’s local restaurants in a complex and ever-evolving legal environment.”

For more information on the Restaurant Law Center’s partners, click here

About the Restaurant Law Center 

The Restaurant Law Center (RLC) is an independent 501(c)(6). The Center's goal is to promote pro-business laws and regulations that allow restaurants to continue growing, creating jobs and contributing to a robust American economy. The RLC is the voice of America’s restaurants in the courtroom advancing the policy interests of the industry.

About Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Greenberg Traurig, LLP (GT) has approximately 2,400 attorneys in 42 locations in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. GT has been recognized for its philanthropic giving, diversity, and innovation, and is consistently among the largest firms in the U.S. on the Law360 400 and among the Top 25 on the Am Law Global 100. The firm is net carbon neutral with respect to its office energy usage and Mansfield Rule 4.0 Plus Certified. Web: www.gtlaw.com

About Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Serving clients in every major financial center, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP has more than 1,700 attorneys and 50-plus practice areas across 21 offices worldwide. Skadden represents approximately 50% of the Fortune 250 industrial and service corporations, as well as financial and governmental entities; small, entrepreneurial companies; and cultural, educational and charitable institutions, advising on a wide variety of high-profile transactions, regulatory matters, and litigation and controversy issues. The firm consistently ranks among the top 10 in The American Lawyer’s A-List of the 20 most successful firms, and is a recognized leader in pro bono work, having dedicated nearly 2 million hours over the last 10 years alone. Skadden has achieved Mansfield Certification and Certification Plus, and has signed on to participate in Mansfield Rule 5.0. Find more information at skadden.com.