Handling the Liquor Liability Case from Inception through Trial


CLE credits earned: 2 GENERAL (or 2 LAW & LEGAL for WA state)

Webinar attendees will learn how to investigate, litigate, and try a liquor liability case from inception through trial. The webinar will discuss the factors analyzed in determining whether a case is a liquor liability matter rather than a generic collision or premises assault matter. Various sources of information will be considered including police reports, medical records, administrative liquor board records. various expert witnesses will be discussed including toxicologists, liquor service standards experts, and premises security experts. While the technicalities of investigation and preparation will be discussed, various types of insurance coverages and their interaction will also be analyzed. As far as litigation, the preparation and deposition of witnesses will be covered in depth. Finally, jury selection and trial strategies for both the plaintiff and defendant with be discussed. As a part of the program is risk management, various risk management techniques and tools for Liquor establishments will also be discussed.

Key topics to be discussed:

•   Service to Intoxicated persons
•   Service to minors
•   Intoxicated assailants
•   Sources of Information
•   Litigation
•   Trial

Date / Time: November 6, 2019

•   11:00 am – 1:00 pm Eastern
•   10:00 am – 12:00 pm Central
•   9:00 am – 11:00 am Mountain
•   8:00 am – 10:00 am Pacific

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Original Broadcast Date: November 6, 2019

Jan Trendowski, Esq. has done personal injury work at a number of reputable firms, including his own for over 3 decades He has tried over 120 jury trials to verdict and has represented clients in literally thousands of cases over his 36 years of practice. Aside from his jury trials, Attorney Trendowski has represented clients in countless other proceedings, including arbitrations, appeals, and administrative hearings. While many of his current cases involve personal injuries resulting from accidents and collisions, he has handled a variety of cases over the years, including medical malpractice claims, insurance disputes, and large construction losses. In the last 20 years of his practice, he concentrated in liquor liability cases from both the plaintiff and defense perspective. He is currently licensed to practice law in both state and federal courts in Florida, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. Attorney Trendowski is Civil Trial Board Certified by the Florida Bar. He currently restricts his practice to personal injury matters, both on the trial and appellate levels. He has tried liquor liability cases in both Connecticut and Washington DC. He is currently the Managing Partner for the Haymond Law Firm with offices in New York, Massachussetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, and New Hampshire.

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Section I. Service to Intoxicated persons
a) What is overservice?
b) Blood alcohol levels
c) Responsible service training
d) Effect of other intoxicants
e) Service at multiple service points
f) “Pre gaming” – service to already intoxicated persons
g) Reckless service

Section II. Service to minors
a) Who is a minor?
b) Indirect service
c) False identification
d) Comparative negligence

Section III. Intoxicated assailants
a) Reasonable force to remove from premises
b) What is notice of an altercation?
c) Ejectment from premises

Section IV. Sources of Information
a) Police report
b) Videos
c) Administrative records (Liquor Board)
d) Statement from intoxicated person
e) Deposing the servers
f) Responsible service training
g) Bar procedures and employee manuals

Section V. Litigation
a) Framing the complaint
b) Choosing the defendants
c) Written disclosure
d) Preparing witnesses, defense and plaintiff
e) Mediation and arbitration

Section VI. Trial
a) Jury selection
b) Jury instructions
c) The fired bartender
d) Corporate culture
e) Blood alcohol levels
f) Jury interrogatories