PA Dram Shop Defense: Avoiding a Risk and Liability Hangover

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Initial $20.00

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Lancaster Chamber
115 East King Street
Lancaster, PA 17603
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Paige Schober
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Phone: (717) 397-3531 x249
Fax: (717) 293-3159

Online registration for this event closed on 5/24/2017

Avoiding a Risk and Liability Hangover
featuring Robert J. Balch, principal, Casualty Litigation Department, and John Croumer, associate, Professional Liability Defense Practice Group and Casualty, Post & Schell

As a restaurant, bar, club or property owner or manager, are you aware of the liability of individuals and entities in the sale and serving of alcoholic beverages? Dram Shop (liquor liability) laws give rise to civil liability and often present significant exposure to damages when persons are injured as a result of the service of alcohol by businesses and their employees. This area of the law is growing and the expectations on bars and their employees are changing. This presentation will provide a recap of the law, and focus on the critical steps in avoiding and defending dram shop claims and developing a risk and defense strategy.

Please join Post & Schell's Dram Shop Liability Practice Group and the Lancaster Chamber for lunch and a comprehensive review of:

  • Trends in Pennsylvania Dram Shop law
  • Changes to employee training requirements
  • Proactive steps for risk and liability mitigation
  • Associated litigation and defense strategies


Meet Our Speakers:
Robert J. Balch is a Principal in the Firm's Casualty Litigation Department, with a specific focus on liquor liability, products liability, and premises liability matters. As Co-Chair of the Firm’s Liquor Liability Practice Group, Mr. Balch has successfully defended bars, restaurants, fraternal organizations, clubs and property owners from allegations of improper alcohol service, lax security, hazing, and criminal conduct by patrons. In addition to litigation, Mr. Balch provides consultation to insurers and businesses on alcohol service, employee training, and risk management procedures. Mr. Balch was recognized as a Super Lawyer Rising Star in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.


John Croumer is a Senior Associate in the Firm's Professional Liability Defense Practice Group and Casualty Litigation Department. As a member of the Firm’s Liquor Liability Practice Group, Mr. Croumer frequently represents bars, restaurants, clubs, fraternal organizations, and individuals in liquor liability matters throughout Pennsylvania. Mr. Croumer serves his clients proactively by advising of current legal issues and methods to reduce future exposure and emergently by responding to catastrophic losses immediately to coordinate post-accident investigation.





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