To Share or Not To Share: The Battle Over Regulating The Sharing Economy

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 62 minutes
Recorded Date: February 06, 2019
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  • Law & Policy Issues Surrounding the Short-Term Rental Market
  • Prevalent Legal Issues
  • General Means of Regulation
  • Case Studies
  • Land Use Issues in the Sharing Economy
  • Lodging Platforms as a Competitor
  • Land Use Issues with Short-Term Rentals
  • Texas Case Law on STRs
  • Tarr v. Timberwood Park Owners Association
  • Senate Bill 451
  • Final Observations
Runtime: 1 hour
Recorded: February 6, 2019


Whether it is bedrooms, cars, or even bikes, the sharing economy is in full swing in Texas and elsewhere. What issues do these businesses raise? What are some communities doing to regulate them? Why are some states like Texas preempting local governmental regulation? This panel will address how local and state governments in Texas and elsewhere are responding to the sharing economy.

This program will explain how the use of new technologies raises difficult legal issues that defy easy solutions to the legal challenges they present. You'll gain perspectives from sharing economy technology network companies with speaker representatives from Uber, HomeAway, and Limebike.

This program was recorded on February 6th, 2019.

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American Bar Association


Terrence Welch

Founding Partner
Brown & Hofmeister, LLP.

Terry Welch is a founding partner of Brown & Hofmeister. His practice emphasizes local government issues, focusing on civil rights, constitutional law, employment discrimination, personnel matters, and zoning and land use litigation. He offers more than three decades of municipal law experience and is a frequent speaker on issues facing public and business entities in Texas.

Terry represents numerous local government entities in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex and provides training to various groups throughout the area. He served as the 2004-05 Chair of the State and Local Government Law Section of the American Bar Association. Terry is fluent in German.

Trevor Theunissen

Senior Manager, Public Policy & Communications

Trevor Theunissen currently serves as Senior Manager of Public Policy and Communications at Uber Technologies. He leads the company's government affairs and communications team for the South, a 16-state region including Florida, Texas, and Washington, D.C.

Trevor is responsible for establishing and building Uber's brand and profile with policy makers and the media--including governments, third parties, reporters and academics; and working to ensure that regulatory frameworks support Uber’s products, including Uber Eats, Uber Freight, Uber Elevate, Uber Health and JUMP bikes and scooters. He is also responsible for Uber's engagement with Attorneys General across the United States.

Previously, Trevor practiced law in New Orleans and served as Chief of Staff to a New Orleans City Council Member. He also worked for the Louisiana Recovery Authority, the state entity set up to lead Louisiana's rebuilding efforts after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Trevor holds a Bachelor's of Business Administration degree from The George Washington University and a Juris Doctorate from Louisiana State University.

Ashley Hodgini

Government Affairs Manager
Expedia Group

Ashley Hodgini is the Government Affairs Manager at Expedia Group. 

Janice C. Griffith

Professor of Law
Suffolk University Law School

Janice C. Griffith is a Professor of Law at Suffolk University Law School, in Boston, Massachusetts, and served as the University’s Vice President for Academic Affairs from 2008-2011. Before coming to Suffolk University, Professor Griffith taught at Georgia State University College of Law and served as its Dean from 1996 to 2004. Previously she taught at Quinnipiac University School of Law and the University of Bridgeport School of Law. Before entering academia, Professor Griffith served in New York City’s government as a Division Chief in the Office of Corporation Counsel and as General Counsel and Assistant Administrator of the Housing and Development Administration. She was an associate with the Wall Street law firm of Hawkins, Delafield and Wood before holding these governmental posts.

Nationally recognized as a scholar in State and Local Government Law, Professor Griffith has published articles on the sharing economy, federalism, housing, transportation, public finance, land use, home rule, open space protection, comparative urban law, and regional governance. She is one of the authors of a leading case book titled State and Local Government in a Federal System.

Professor Griffith has held a number of positions with the ABA Section of State and Local Government Law. Currently, she is a co-chair of its Committee on the Sharing Economy. Previously, she served as Chair of the Section and as a member of its Executive Committee for over ten years.

Professor Griffith received a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School and an A.B. degree from Colby College. She holds bar memberships in Connecticut and New York.

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