October 25 - 27, 2023

AHIA Fall 2023 Meeting

Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego, CA

AHIA Fall Meeting

October 25 - 27, 2023

Beachside Vibes, Big-City Adventures

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San Diego is all kinds of awesome, and its big sun-soaked positivity extends far beyond its 70 miles of beautiful beaches. The city is a buzzing hum of culture, entertainment, food and fun around every corner and laid-back neighborhood.  It's a playground for the young and young at heart, for those looking for thrills to those who just need to decompress. So read on to plan the adventure that works for you, then pack a bag, catch a ride, and we'll see you in San Diego.

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Important information:

Check out the full schedule below.

Reservations at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego

1 Market Place
San Diego, California, 92101

Enjoy Downtown San Diego with Waterfront Views

Explore Southern California’s vibrant culture and natural beauty from our waterfront hotel in downtown San Diego. Experience spacious rooms, stunning views, and upscale amenities steps from the city’s top attractions. Guests enjoy easy access to San Diego’s best beaches, restaurants, shops, entertainment venues, and more.

We are making reservations via a rooming list for the Fall 2023 meeting.  Superior Queen and Superior Double rooms are available for a nightly rate of $309 and a $35 mandatory hotel fee per room per day plus applicable tax.  To make your reservation, please include your arrival and departure dates and your desired room type when completing your meeting registration.  That’s all you need to do!  You will receive your confirmation number by October 9, 2023.  You will need to present your credit card at registration at the hotel.

Registrations received after October 2, 2023, cannot be guaranteed the AHIA room rate.

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Looking for a little extra adventure on your trip?

We've got you covered! Here are two optional walking tours that you won't want to miss:

Wednesday: Midway Museum Private Tour - $55 per person

Take a behind-the-scenes look at this historic aircraft carrier and learn about its role in World War II and beyond. Your private guide will share fascinating stories and insights that you won't find in any guidebook.

Friday: LGBTQ+ History Tour - Out and proud! - $25 per person

Explore the vibrant LGBTQ+ history of San Diego on this walking tour. Learn about the city's role in the fight for equality and hear stories from the people who made it happen. This tour is sure to leave you inspired and empowered.

Plan on coming in early and staying through the weekend!

Thursday Evening Dinner

Water Grill San Diego Gas Lamp District

Located steps away from Petco Park in the heart of Downtown San Diego, Water Grill is a true seafood destination. Family-owned and operated, Water Grill focuses on first-of-the-season seafood and has delivered a superior dining experience for more than 30 years. 

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Thursday Evening Afterparty  

Laugh, Sing & Shout the night away at San Diego’s BEST Live Music Venue.

After dinner, attendees are invited to walk around the block for an unofficial AHIA afterparty at The Shout House.  This dueling piano show consists of two piano players, performing at two face to face grand pianos. The performances are high energy, with audience participation, staff dancing on stage, comedy, and sing-along.  $10 Cover Walk-ins; advanced registration is NOT required.

Thanks to our 2023 Fall Sponsors!

AR Logo Greenberg Traurig Logo
Breazeale Logo Lewis Brisbois Logo

Your firm's logo could be here!

Micro-Sponsorships:  New for Fall 2023

We are offering micro-sponsorships. For as little as $250, you can get your firm's name in front of the best and brightest in the hospitality law industry (and get bragging rights!)

Benefits of Micro-Sponsorship

As a micro-sponsor, your firm will receive the following benefits:

Tentative Program Schedule - Subject to Change

Wednesday - October 25, 2023

2:00 – 4:00 pm

Wednesday Afternoon Optional Walking Tour:
Midway Museum Private Tour

Advanced registration is required.

4:30 – 5:30 pm Board of Directors Meeting
6:00 - 7:00 pm

Opening Reception

7:30 pm Dine-Around - Make a selection from area restaurant reservations and enjoy an evening out.

Thursday - October 26, 2023

8:00 am Breakfast and Networking  
9:00 - 10:00 am

Welcome and Introductions

David Samuels, AHIA President, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith

10:00 – Noon

General Counsels: Sharing Their Insights and Expertise

Adena Santiago, Moderator
Foster Garvey PC

Julia DeBeers, Chief Administrative Officer & General Counsel
Evans Hotels

Jeff Dorso, Senior Vice President & General Counsel
Sacramento Kings

Ross Greenman, Vice President & General Counsel
KSL Resorts

Heather Guerena, Vice President & General Counsel
Elevation Entertainment Group

Noon – 1:00 pm


1:00 - 2:00 pm 

ESG in the Hospitality Industry: The Business Case for Sustainability

Kristen Thall Peters, Partner
Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP

2:00 - 3:00 pm

Insights from the Trenches: Real-World Advice on Transactions and Litigation in the Hospitality Industry

Philip Harris, Moderator
Harris Hospitality Law

3:00 - 3:15 pm


3:15 - 4:45 pm

Ethics Credit

LGBTQ+ History in San Diego: A Legal Perspective 

Jodi Cleesattle, Senior Assistant Attorney General
California Department of Justice

Zachary Shattuck, Outreach Coordinator
Lambda Archives

6:00 - 8:00 pm An Evening in the Gaslamp District 
Water Grill
8:00 - ??? AHIA Afterparty - The Shout House

Friday - October 27, 2023

9:00 – 10:00 am Breakfast and Networking
10:00 – 11:00 am

Liquor Laws in the Golden State:  An Open Forum

Adena Santiago, Moderator
Foster Garvey PC

11:00 – 12:00 pm

Staying Ahead of the Curve in Labor & Employment Law

Paul Pautler
Husch Blackwell, LLP

Fred Preis
Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, LLP 
Labor and Employment Law Section

12:00 – 12:15 pm

Closing Message

3:00 - 4:00 pm

Friday Afternoon Optional Walking Tour:

LGBTQ+ History Tour - Out and proud!

Advanced registration is required.

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Covid-19 Information

AHIA strongly encourages adherence to current CDC recommendations and guidelines for all attendees and their guests.

More information can be found at CDC.  This policy is subject to change at the discretion of the association. 

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