(DALLAS) Munsch Hardt is pleased to announce the formation of its Restaurant Practice Group. The new practice, comprised of more than 20 attorneys, represents Texas-based restauranteurs, restaurant groups, chefs, investors and restaurant service providers. Whether forming and structuring business entities, negotiating leases, financing new restaurants, trademarking restaurant concepts or resolving disputes, Munsch Hardt is positioned as a “one-stop-shop” for restaurant-related business and legal needs.
“By formally establishing a Restaurant Practice Group, we are intentionally bringing together the substantial industry knowledge and frontline experience our Firm already has in this sector,” said Phil Appenzeller, CEO of Munsch Hardt. “Craig Harris and Rob Kibby are responsible for setting the direction for this new group, and with them at the helm, I am not only excited to watch this practice grow, but I am confident the team will continue to provide our clients with the strategic, cost-effective and forward-thinking services they’ve come to expect from Munsch Hardt attorneys.”
Harris, who serves as outside general counsel to various Texas-based restaurant groups, handles commercial and employment litigation matters, including business disputes, contracts, partnership matters, non-compete agreements, employment discrimination, sexual harassment and wage and hour claims. Kibby, who also serves as Munsch Hardt’s Corporate & Securities Practice Group Leader, advises clients on the commercial, transactional, startup, intellectual property and marketing issues that arise in the restaurant industry.
“For decades Munsch Hardt attorneys have represented clients in a corporate, employment, real estate and risk management capacity,” commented Harris. “We have simply combined this experience into one, collaborative group, which allows our team to essentially act as outside General Counsel for any business or legal need our clients may encounter in the lifecycle of their restaurant business.”
Some of Munsch Hardt’s Restaurant Practice Group clients include: Boston Pizza Restaurants, CM Companies d/b/a The Charles Restaurant, Collin Street Bakery, El Fenix, Lombardi Family Concepts, M Crowd Restaurant Group, Inc., Meso Maya, Snuffer’s, Taqueria La Ventana, Tortaco and Village Burger Bar.
The primary services available to Munsch Hardt’s clients include the following: