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What can AHIA do for you?

  • Create a network of capable and experienced Industry counsel.
  • Open avenues for ready exchange of information and ideas.
  • Advance education for attorneys and clients within the Hospitality Industry.
  • Increase member’s exposure to decision makers in the Hospitality Industry.

How will AHIA achieve these member benefits?

  • AHIA will hold at least one annual meeting for its members which may dovetail with other Industry meetings.
  • AHIA will provide educational seminars for Industry members and other professionals.
  • AHIA will have a membership of recognized and experienced Industry legal counsel between whom members may competently and ethically refer clients.
  • AHIA members will utilize the Internet for communications and information exchange.
  • AHIA will publish an updated membership directory available to all members.

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AHIA Membership Criteria

Membership in AHIA is limited to attorneys who have extensive experience providing the highest quality legal services to clients in the Hospitality Industry, including service as in-house counsel.  The Board shall make membership decisions in its sole discretion, which discretion shall not be applied arbitrarily or for any discriminatory or improper purpose.

For attorneys serving as in-house counsel for Hospitality Industry concerns, minimum qualifications include:

  • Membership in good standing with at least one state bar association or international equivalent, or voluntary inactive bar status under circumstances that do not bring into question the attorney’s character or fitness to practice law; and
  • At least 5 years practice of law and serving as in-house counsel within the Hospitality Industry.

For attorneys not serving as in-house counsel, minimum qualifications include:

  • Membership in good standing with at least one state bar association or international equivalent; and
  • At least 10 years practice of law with at least 50% of practice devoted to service of Hospitality Industry clients for the most recent 5 years.

For attorneys educated and/or licensed outside of the United States, the Board shall determine membership eligibility, in its discretion, based upon minimum Hospitality Industry experience deemed to be equivalent to the above.

“Hospitality Industry” includes but is not limited to hotels, restaurants, casinos, cruise travel, lodging, public place of amusement, and those engaged in the MICE (meetings, incentive, conference and exhibitions) industry.

Approved by the Board of Directors 5 January 2017