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Orlando Hotel & Hospitality Expert Witness

Hotels are frequent targets of negligence and tort litigation. Hotel law varies significantly from state to state, and can be extremely nuanced and complex. In addition to the letter of the written law and any case precedents which might exist, an innkeeper’s liability depends heavily on the extent to which the company in question has observed and maintained the standards of care established by the industry in which it operates. Failure to pay proper attention to changes in the competitive landscape can often leave hospitality businesses open to tremendous liability. Although hotel litigation is extremely common, it is by no means the only hospitality sector vulnerable to lawsuits. Restaurants and other food service businesses have significant risk inherent in their obligations to maintain compliance with health codes, FDA regulations, and other industry expectations. Airlines and cruise lines must consider not only the laws and customs of the United States, but also those of foreign countries by which they might be bound during flights or sailings. Theme park operators expose themselves to tremendous risk inherent in the shows and attractions that they offer to the public.

Our Orlando Hotel & Hospitality Expert Witnesses have respected credentials and years of experience in all of these areas of potential liability. Additionally, many of our experts also work as hotel and hospitality consultants in the Orlando area, so we understand the intricacies of this industry, including resort management, airline and cruise line operations, theme park and entertainment oversight, restaurant and food service management, golf course operations, and meetings and events.

Our Orlando Hotel & Hospitality Expert Witnesses have extensive experience in the following litigation areas:

  • Hotel Management (including property oversight)
  • Facilities and Engineering (including tort and res ipsa loquitur negligence claims)
  • Recreation Management (including golf courses, swimming pool safety, spas, gyms, fitness centers, athletic facilities, and other topics)
  • Beach Resort Management (including water safety and natural disaster planning)
  • Environmental Issues (including HVAC cleaning standards and legionella cases)
  • Hotel Wrongful Death (including guests, employees, and contractors)
  • Food and Beverage Management (including restaurants, bars, and catering)
  • Food Service and Sanitation (including health codes, allergy concerns, FDA regulations, and HAACP and ServSafe training protocols)
  • Beverage Service (including liquor liability and dram shop cases)
  • Hotel Labor Disputes (including union conflicts, collective bargaining issues, employment discrimination claims, ACA and/or FMLA claims, and affirmative action management)
  • Real Estate Appraisal and Property Development (including zoning issues)
  • Franchise Disputes and Licensing Agreements
  • Airline and Cruise Line claims (including suits involving international law and jurisdictional issues)
  • Theme Park and Attraction Management (including accidental death and dismemberment claims)
  • Entertainment Management (including performance safety standards and show management cases)

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Gary Lee Deel Expert Witness Testimony


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Dr. Gary Deel holds nine college degrees, including a Juris Doctorate in Law and a PhD in Hospitality Administration. He is bar-licensed and has held a number of certifications in hospitality and human resources. Dr. Deel spent more than ten years in leadership industry positions including security, risk management, sales, training, and other areas. Dr. Deel also has ten years experience teaching as a university professor. He has taught courses in business, hospitality, law, sales, communications, and other areas.


  • Florida Bar License to Practice Law (ID#103273)
  • Nevada Bar License to Practice Law (ID#13332)
  • District of Columbia License to Practice Law (ID# 1658958)
  • Accredited Member of American Mensa
  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)
  • Society for Human Resources Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP)
  • Human Resources Certification Institute Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR)
  • American Hotel & Lodging Association Certified Lodging Security Director (CLSD)
  • American Hotel & Lodging Association Certified Hospitality Sales Professional (CHSP)
  • American Hotel & Lodging Association Certified Hotel Industry Analyst (CHIA)
  • American Hotel & Lodging Association Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE)
  • Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International Certified Hotel Sales Executive (CHSE)
  • International Association of Professional Security Consultants Certified Security Consultant (CSC)
  • American Society for Industrial Security Certified Protection Professional (CPP)
  • National Fire Protection Association Certified Hazard Recognition Specialist (CHRS)
  • American Society for Industrial Security Professional Certified Investigator (PCI)
  • American Society for Industrial Security Physical Security Professional (PSP)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Hospitality Administration
  • Juris Doctorate (JD) in Law
  • Master of Arts (MA) in Industrial & Organizational Psychology
  • Master of Science (MS) in Space Studies
  • Master of Science (MS) in Hospitality & Tourism Management
  • Bachelor of Science (BS) in Space Studies
  • Bachelor of Science (BS) in Hospitality & Tourism Management
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology
  • Associate of Science (AS) in Space Studies
  • Associate of Science (AS) in Culinary Arts
  • Associate of Science (AS) in Hospitality Management
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