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Expert in Expert in Alcohol Beverage Law and Dram Shop Liability Cases

Expert ID: 735648 Colorado, USA

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Dram shop and liquor liability

Expert is the President of an LLC, which provides expert witness testimony related to dram shop cases. He provides training and consultation for Colorado liquor laws and rules; trade practices laws and rules; retail, wholesale and supplier compliance and licensing in Colorado and is certified as a Colorado Responsible Vendor Trainer. He has over 33 years of law enforcement experience and was the Chief of Investigations and the Director of the Colorado Liquor Enforcement Division. Expert's experience includes working for the Larimer County Sheriff's Office (Fort Collins, Colorado), Arapahoe County (Colorado) Coroner's Office, Colorado Lottery and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

Expert instructed numerous training classes on Colorado liquor laws and rules and provided official interpretations of Colorado liquor laws and rules to liquor stakeholders, legislators and licensees. He testified before the Colorado Legislature on numerous occasions as an expert in Liquor Law and Rules. Expert was elected to the Board of Directors of the National Conference of State Liquor Administrators and served on many panels that discussed liquor issues of nationwide concern.

He was appointed to the Colorado Task Force on Drunk and Impaired Driving, as an expert in liquor law. The task force was established by the Colorado General Assembly in 2006 to generate more collaboration and consensus for effective solutions to the impaired driving problem in Colorado.


Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1986 Degree: BS Subject: Physical Science Institution: Colorado State University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2019 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: President Department: Responsibilities: - Provide Expert Witness Services Relating to Alcohol Beverage Law and Dram Shop Liability
- Provide Consulting, Training and Education Relating to the Colorado Liquor Code and Rules
- Certified to Provide Responsible Alcohol Beverage Vendor Training in Colorado
Years: 2013 to 2017 Employer: Colorado Liquor Enforcement Division Title: Director Department: Colorado Department of Revenue Responsibilities: • Provided official interpretations of the Colorado Liquor Code and Rules upon request of liquor stakeholders, legislators and the Governor’s Office
• Reviewed and made recommendations for law changes to the members of the liquor industry, legislators and Governor's Office
• Provided expert testimony to the House of Representatives and Senate for the Colorado State Legislature concerning pending bills involving alcohol beverages
• Management and operation of the Colorado Liquor Enforcement Division including enforcement, investigations, licensing, administrative functions and budget
• Approved sanctions that were to be submitted to the State Licensing Authority for liquor licenses who violated Colorado Liquor Laws and Rules including summary suspensions for licensees who violated major public safety laws that were related to serious bodily injury or death
• The Division's retail enforcement program was mostly focused on investigations of "sales to minors and visibly intoxicated persons"
• Chaired several working group meetings with liquor stakeholders to review, edit, develop and draft liquor regulations for official rule making
• Developed and implemented a statewide guide on how to conduct compliance checks where minor operatives attempted to purchase alcohol from liquor licensees
• Provided numerous training classes to stakeholders from all tiers of alcohol sales and manufacturing
• Board member of the National Conference of State Liquor Administrators (2017-2019)
Years: 2011 to 2013 Employer: Colorado Liquor Enforcement Division Title: Chief of Investigation Department: Colorado Department of Revenue Responsibilities: • Management of the enforcement units for the Division including four offices in the state to investigate over 10,000 licenses in Colorado within the retail, wholesale, manufacturer and importer tiers
• Provided recommendations for sanctions to the Director for penalties of Liquor Law and Rule violations
• Management of the program to enforce Colorado tobacco laws concerning tobacco access to minors
• Served on the state Synar committee to coordinate tobacco enforcement efforts with the Department of Human Services, and the Department of Public Health and Environment
Years: 2006 to 2011 Employer: Colorado Lottery Title: Director of Investigations and Security Department: Colorado Department of Revenue Responsibilities: • The security of the Colorado Lottery for physical and computer security to include office space, warehouses, vendor computer and backup computer rooms
• Lottery scratch ticket security to include encryption and reconstruction processes
• Security of the vendor online system to include the security plan, the ICS, lock-down protocol for Power Ball tickets program
• Member of the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries
• Oversaw the fleet operation manager of Lottery vehicles
Years: 1994 to 2011 Employer: Colorado Bureau of Investigations Title: Agent and Agent in Charge Department: Colorado Department of Public Safety Responsibilities: • Management of the Colorado Crime Statistics Annual Report; the Colorado Sex Offender database, and auditing/training law enforcement agencies for compliance with Colorado Crime Information Center and the National Crime Information Center policies
• Selected by the FBI to subject matter expert groups to develop the national N-Dex (National Data Exchange) information sharing system
• Lead or co-lead Agent involving investigations of homicide, assault, arson, public corruption, narcotics, gambling, gang violence, extortion, and white-collar crime
• Served as a sworn investigator for the 1st Judicial District Grand Jury, the Colorado State Grand Jury and Federal Grand Jury (for Colorado)
Years: 1990 to 1994 Employer: Arapahoe County Coroner's Office Title: Investigator Department: Responsibilities: • Investigated suspicious and unattended deaths that occurred within Arapahoe County
• Prepared comprehensive and detailed reports regarding death scene investigations and medical background of victims
Years: 1985 to 1990 Employer: Larimer County Sheriff's Office Title: Deputy Sheriff Department: Responsibilities: • Patrol Deputy – conducted patrol in unincorporated sections of the county to include DUI arrests
• Firearms Instructor
• CPR Instructor
• SWAT Team member
• Reserve Deputy (November 1985 – March 1987)

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 2011 to 2019 Agency: Colorado Liquor Enforcement Division Role: Chief of Investigations and Director Description:

Career Accomplishments

Licenses / Certifications
Certified as a Colorado Peace Officer - 1987 - 2019

Fields of Expertise

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