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Dram Shop Experts

Dram Shop Experts Preston Rideout, Kim Schioldan, and Silver Gordon are Nightclub and Bar consultants specializing in Dram Shop. They are the premier nightclub and bar experts in the legal industry. Over the past 30 years, the Dram Shop Experts operated over 250 Restaurants, Nightclubs, Bars, and Large Scale Music Festivals in eleven countries. No Dram Shop or Liquor Liability expert in the nation has more alcohol service, bar operations or security experience.

Our comprehensive knowledge of nightlife and powerful insight into restaurant, nightclub, and bar operations provides superior opinions, reports, depositions, and trial testimony. Lawyers retain the Dram Shop Experts because liquor-related lawsuits require extensive knowledge of bar operations, responsible alcohol service, bartender training, management oversight, and intoxication.

Over the past four years, Hospitality Law has taught me four things. Dram Shop Law is demanding. Defending Intoxication is damn near impossible. Prosecuting bar operations is beyond difficult. and Expert Witness Testimony Is Extremely Critical” Preston Rideout

Judges often have preconceived notions of nightlife while jury members might not understand the unique nature of alcohol service and may be inclined to find against you. For these reasons, Attorneys retain Preston Rideout, Kim Schioldan, and Silver Gordon to provide insight into Alcohol and Liquor service. Our ability to persuade judges and educate juries is extremely persuasive.

Regardless of the claims being made against you, your staff, or your establishment, we will work with you to make sense of what happened and offer our professional opinion on the matter. We understand the unique challenges you face, and we are here to help as your expert witnesses.

An expert witness can help provide clarity on a situation and their professional opinion on the matter. They can help establish the facts of a case and present them in the most favorable way to the defendant. An expert witness can also offer training and experience insights to help your defense.

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The Dram Shop Experts can review evidence about your case and provide expert testimony and opinions about a variety of topics, including:

Dram Shop Experts provide provide Dram Shop Expert Witness Testimony for Restaurant, Nightclub and Bar lawsuits.

Cases That Benefit From Dram Shop Expert Testimony

The following examples are just a few of the many different claims or lawsuits commonly seen in the alcohol service industry and could potentially benefit from our expert testimony. Whether or not you see the situation you are dealing with mentioned below, if you are facing any kind of civil lawsuit stemming from an incident on your premises, we urge you to contact us to discuss your case.

Responsible Alcohol Service and Customer Intoxication

If it is claimed that your staff served alcohol to a patron who was already intoxicated, we can help establish whether this claim is accurate. There are many situations where a patron may be too intoxicated but had been consuming substances unbeknownst to your staff — or after they departed your establishment. We can help to piece together the night’s events in question and offer our professional opinion.

Security Training Program and Security Use of Force

Your security team has a difficult job night after night. It must rely on their training and discretion in situations that could be dangerous for themselves, the patron(s) causing the issue, or others nearby. In claims that your security team used excessive force, we can review the evidence and help to establish whether or not their actions were appropriate given the circumstances.

Staff Training Program and Management Oversight

In many cases against nightlife establishments, training for your staff will be brought into question. We can help establish what type of training your staff received and whether or not it was adequate for the situation they faced. We can also review your training procedures and offer our opinion on whether they were adequate.

Employment Policies and Standard Operating Procedures

If it is claimed that your establishment did not have adequate policies and procedures in place to prevent the over-serving of alcohol or other safety matters, we can review your policies and offer our opinion on their effectiveness.

Allegations of Negligence

Allegations of negligence can come in many forms, each of which requires the support of an experienced expert to review these allegations, consider the circumstances of the incident, and offer an unbiased, professional opinion.

Assaults, Altercations and Customer Injury

If it is claimed that your establishment did not provide adequate security to prevent a fight or other altercation from occurring, we can review the evidence and offer our opinion. We can also help establish whether your security team responded appropriately to the situation.

Contact The Dram Shop Experts To Discuss Your Case

Dram Shop Experts Preston Rideout, Kim Schioldan, and Silver Gordon each have 30 years of experience operating Hotels, Resorts, Restaurants, Casinos, Nightclubs, Bars, and Music Festivals. Our comprehensive knowledge of alcohol service, intoxication, bar operations, security and customer safety cost each of us thousands of hours over three decades.

Among all the Dram Shop Experts in the legal industry, we are the only experts to operate over 250 restaurants, nightclubs, and bars. If you’re representing a Restaurant, Nightclub or Bar that is accused of promoting intoxication by over-serving alcohol to visibly intoxicated customers, contact The Dram Shop Experts. today to discuss your case.


Hiring Preston Rideout, as a Nightclub and Bar consultant, was the best decisions we ever made. His methodology and meticulous attention to detail are mind blowing but I was most impressed with his transparency.

Ryan Giunta Chief Marketing Officer and Bomber Ski

No one combines passion for nightlife and knowledge of bar operations better than Preston Rideout. He turns ordinary bars into extra ordinary profit centers.

Howie Morgan President Election Impact Group

It's my pleasure to recommend Preston Rideout to anyone seeking a nightclub and bar expert. His Bartender Training Manuals are the definitive guide for owners who want to streamline operations and maximize profitability. You would do well to have him on your...

Thomas Elfert Complex Risk Management Adviser

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