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Restaurant Practices Boost Business as Virus Ravages Industry

May 20, 2020, 12:40 PM

Few industries have taken a harder hit during Covid-19 than the restaurant business, which has lost millions of jobs and billions of dollars. But that collapse has resulted in abundant work for Big Law restaurant practices.

Restaurant Matters: These practices tend to cross disciplines, and they’ve stacked up billable hours working on issues from assisting companies with layoffs, to interpreting worker safety regulations, to pitching in on virus-related litigation.

A New World: “Every situation is starkly different,” said Anna Graves, co-leader of the restaurant, food and beverage industry group at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. “There is no shortage of things to figure out. It’s been crazy with so many issues to navigate.”

Elizabeth Olson reports.

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To contact the reporter on this story: Bruce Kaufman in Washington at bkaufman@bloomberglaw.com

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