Since the firm's founding in 1999, dram shop liability litigation has been one of our most significant practice areas, as Schneider & Onofry attorneys have handled over 100 dram shop cases.
Of 16 Arizona dram shop matters contained in a 2016 Trial Reporter compendium, Schneider & Onofry successfully defended insurers in five of those cases (the most of any Arizona law firm):
- Four of the five cases resulted in a defense verdict
or apportionment of 0% fault.
- The remaining case was settled prior to trial.
Our attorneys are familiar with the issues that typically arise in dram shop cases, the types of experts involved, and have even gained familiarity with the "usual suspects" that plaintiffs use for experts. We are keenly familiar with the different types of devices used, including roadside PBT tests, breathalyzer tests, and blood draws. We have also gained a thorough understanding of the factors affecting an individual's impairment, including retrograde analysis, elimination rates, and alcohol tolerance.
Dram shop liability is of particular importance in the hospitality industry. Schneider & Onofry attorneys have represented numerous hotels, resorts, restaurants and bars in a wide ranges of issues such as:
- liquor liability
- liquor licensing issues
- premises liability
- negligent security
- trip-and-fall claims
- criminal conduct of third-parties
- false imprisonment
- food-born illness claims
Our attorneys have significant experience in advising hospitality clients on how to prevent accidents and lawsuits. We collaborate with clients in evaluating staff training procedures, creating actions plans for defending against certain cases or scenarios, and educating staff of the potential consequences of violations. We also advise clients on how to comply with the most recent Arizona dram shop laws by carrying the necessary liquor liability insurance and on how to train employees to recognize intoxicated customers.