Located in one of the world’s leading vacation and resort destinations, the Orlando office of BakerHostetler has become a leader in hospitality and real estate law. We are equally committed to the area’s burgeoning commercial sector. Our litigation, employment, tax and business capabilities support new and growing businesses. Clients benefit further from the resources, knowledge and experience of a national firm without sacrificing the focus of a local office.
BusinessThe Orlando Business practice is one of the largest in Central Florida. Our attorneys represent clients in business structuring, acquisitions, dispositions, exchanges, public and private offerings of securities, structured finance, international financings and transactions, and troubled-debt restructurings and reorganizations. We practice in domestic and international law, and have extensive experience in all aspects of the real estate and hospitality industries as well as in healthcare, construction and technology.
LitigationOur Orlando litigators regularly handle matters for clients concerning state and federal securities fraud, creditors’ rights, intellectual property issues, construction disputes, bid protests, contract disputes, libel and slander, product liability, partnership disputes, and a variety of general commercial litigation matters, and private matters. We advise clients on business and real estate matters in order to minimize their risks of lawsuits; however, should litigation prove unavoidable, we provide counsel to maximize the prospects of a successful prosecution of claims for, or defense of, claims against our clients.
Employment and LaborOur Employment and Labor practice represents clients in contract negotiations, grievance and arbitration proceedings, defense of wage and hour audits, development of personnel policies and procedures, Civil Rights litigation and the defense of employment discrimination cases.We regularly represent clients before a variety of administrative bodies, including the Florida Commission on Human Relations, the Division of Unemployment Compensation, the Division of Workers’ Compensation, the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance.
Tax & Trusts and EstatesOur Tax and trusts and Estates attorneys represent corporations, partnerships, limited liability entities, individuals, trusts and estates. We provide tax advice for international and domestic transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, asset and stock purchases, exchanges, and joint ventures. We advise start-up ventures on issues such as choice of entity, place of incorporation, income allocation and deferral, and provide ongoing tax counsel for established businesses. Our Trusts and Estates practice provides wealth management, planning and documentation, probate of estates from simple summary procedures to complicated taxable estates, and fiduciary litigation.
Community Commitment in Orlando, FloridaOur Orlando office developed the B.E.S.T. (Baker’s Educational Service Team) program to focus our charitable and community efforts on Orange Center Elementary School. Participation ranges from classroom volunteering to support of school events and donation of materials/equipment - including books, instruments and computers. The B.E.S.T. program has been recognized locally as one of the strongest examples of a corporate/community partnership, and we are pleased to have received a national "Points of Light" award in recognition of the B.E.S.T. program’s success.
The firm believes strongly in supporting individual efforts to improve Central Florida. BakerHostetler attorneys and staff serve in leadership roles for more than 40 charitable and community organizations.