MCLC’s Mackenzie Monaco served as co-Chair of ALFA International’s Hospitality & Retail Practice Group’s Seminar held May 29-31, 2024 in Los Cabos, Mexico.

The program “Lights, Camera, Action! An Analysis of Current Hospitality & Retail Challenges through a Camera Lens” focused on the future of the hospitality and retail sector. ALFAI members and clients from across the country attended and attended strategy sessions, including:

  • “Liquor Liability and Responsibility for 3rd Party Criminal Acts in the Hospitality Industry” – this session explored the current landscape of liquor liability, shedding light on the rise in alcohol-related deaths and associated legal challenges.
  • “Florida Has Enacted Tort Reform – What That Means and Does it Affect Other Jurisdictions” – this panel explored the finer points of HB837/SB236 and ensuing trends and developments in tort reform.
  • “Recreational and Medical Marijuana at a Tipping Point – an Examination of its Implications” – this session examined recent legislation and developments, early liability, insurance, and employment implications.
  • “See is Believing, or Is It?” – this panel focused on AI and deepfakes, discussing the importance of authenticating evidence and confronting challenging of emerging technologies.
  • “It’s Only an Ethical Dilemma if You Have a Conscience – Ethics Lessons” – this session explored the evolution of ethics and lessons learned from television shows and movies.
  • “A Recipe for Success – Lessons and Wisdom from FX’s The Bear” – this presentation focused on mental health in the workplace, third party criminal acts on premises, and mentoring and training programs.
  • “Weighing the Risks and Benefits of AI in Hospitality and Retail – Who Wins – Man, Machine or Both?” – this roundtable discussion addressed the benefits and risks that may surface as AI becomes more integrated in hospital and retail practices.
  • “Unity and Diversity … Beyond the University” – this session focused on the implications of emerging anti-DE&I legislation against business values, managing litigation risks, and managing public backlash.
  • “Class Actions – Preparing for the Storm” – this panel touched on best practices for preparing to handle looming class action lawsuits.

About ALFA International?

Monaco Cooper Lamme & Carr, PLLC is a member of ALFA International, a premier global legal network with more than 140 independent law firm members worldwide. Similar in size and experience, ALFAI member firms meet high standards to be part of the network and their attorneys are well respected by peers in both the legal and business community. ALFAI member attorneys establish broad, deep relationships with each other and are committed to providing cost-effective, high-quality legal services. As a result, membership in ALFAI enables MCLC to use its local experience to deliver highly effective legal solutions while drawing upon the collective wisdom and experience of a comprehensive worldwide network of accomplished trial and business counsel. More information on ALFAI is available at

About Mackenzie Monaco

Mackenzie Monaco maintains an active litigation practice representing a wide range of clients, from individuals and local businesses to national corporations, in state and federal courts throughout New York.  Mackenzie delivers counseling, risk management, and tort defense services to the hospitality and retail, construction, insurance, and professional liability industries. She also maintains an active trusts and estates practice. She is Chair of ALFAI’s Hospitality & Retail Practice Group, has been named to Best Lawyers in America, SuperLawyers, and maintains a 10.0 Superb attorney rating with AVVO.  Mackenzie can be reached at and (518) 675-7739.

About Monaco Cooper Lamme & Carr, PLLC

MCLC is a law firm dedicated to providing exceptional legal services and unparalleled value while building rewarding and lasting client relationships. Our team includes seasoned trial and transactional attorneys who are nationally recognized industry and legal authorities in a wide range of practices, supported by a remarkable professional support staff. For more information on our firm, visit or contact our Marketing Director, Stacy A. Smith at