Alan Someck’s 42 years of experience in the Hospitality Industry as an owner, operator, consultant, and teacher has given him the in depth practical knowledge to provide highly professional and thorough expert witness reports, depositions and testimony. For the past 14 years, he has been a full time Management Instructor at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City as well as serving as an Adjunct Professor of Hospitality Management at the New York Institute of Technology.
Mr. Someck has had 25 years of experience as a full time operator in fine dining and fast casual restaurants. Through his active consulting firm, Keystone Hospitality Solutions, he has helped develop a wide variety of restaurant concepts ranging from cafes to full service restaurants, and worked as a food service operations analyst for organizations such as the U.S. State Department, U.S. Patent Office, and the F.A.A.
Mr. Someck has been awarded 7 grants from the Environmental Protection Agency and New York State to work on sustainability issues within the hospitality industry. He also has ownership interest in Jimbo’s Naturally, a highly successful chain of San Diego based Natural Food Markets.
Mr. Someck has organized and presented at workshops, conferences, and training programs for the New York State Restaurant Association, and has been a national keynote speaker and author of hospitality related business articles on hospitality management strategies, food service operations, and franchising. He has been featured in a variety of industry media publications such as Forbes.com and Full Service Restaurant Magazine. Mr. Someck is also a Nationally Certified Trainer in ServSafe Food Safety and ServSafe Alcohol.
Litigation Support - Alan Someck has been a legal expert witness in a wide variety of cases related to the hospitality field including:
Restaurant Income and Profit Analysis
Hospitality Slips and Falls
Customer and Employee Safety
Restaurant Wages and Tips Issues
Food Safety / Allergies
Alcohol Service Liabilities / Dram Shop Cases
Hospitality Harassment and Discrimination
Business Damages and Restaurant Feasibility Studies
Owners can potentially lose their liquor license, their business and face significant financial loss if an intoxicated guest endangers themselves, another guest or staff member or someone out in public if they get into an accident while driving away from the restaurant.
Every year industry professionals and thought leaders and every food related newsletter puts out their list of trends. It’s important to pay attention to those lists because even though they don’t always agree, any industry operator can assess from them an idea of what trends they should be paying attention to and provide themselves some competitive edge in a highly risky industry
There has been a flood of allegations and admissions to sexual harassment in the restaurant industry. It’s been clear to many that incidents of this nature have been occurring for a very long time in a wide variety of ways. A spark was needed to bring the issue into the spotlight and the calling out of high profile industry leaders became that catalyst.
For owners to successfully manage this difficult environment, they must operate at a very high and professional level and become proactive in addressing the threats to their business. In terms of preventing and managing accidents, this means developing and implementing a system of safeguards that minimize exposure
Gary R. Coburn is an award-winning Restaurant Executive with 40 years of experience creating, opening, running, and advising hundreds of full service restaurants, limited service, quick-service, bars and nightclubs. Additional expertise in restaurant franchising and commercial kitchen design/build from remodels to ground up including conceptual development, viability and business interruption.
With over four decades in the industry, Mr. Coburn has held positions as VP of National Accounts and Design Build for the largest commercial kitchen and distribution company in the country to, Director of Operations, President, COO, Executive Director of Food Services and owner operator. His management experience has included supervising more than 2,000 employees, including 170 managers, along with overseeing consulting assignments for numerous companies.
Clients Include: Joe's Crab Shack, Cask ‘n Cleaver, Lord Charlie’s, El Gato Gordo, Pizza Pronto, Safari Bar Restaurant, Shark Club, Bull Dog Grill, Stronghouse, Pangea, The Ballroom, Juarez Grill, Dickerson’s Club 29, Yucatan Liquor Stand, Zepp’s Atomic Tex Mex, Cabo Grill, Angel Stadium, In Cahoots, The Ball Room, Slick Willie’s, Rodeo, Jake’s, Bobs on the Bay, Crabby Bob’s Seafood, PizzaRev, Honolulu Harry’s, Lahaina Mai Tai Lounge, Canyon Grill, Campagnia, Huey’s Grill & Brewery, Gladstone’s Long Beach, Pro’s Ranch Markets, Lily's Doughnuts & Pops
Litigation Support - Mr. Coburn has served as an expert witness in numerous restaurant-related cases. His services are available to attorneys for plaintiff and defense and include site inspection, thorough reporting, depositions, and trial testimony as needed.
Areas of Expertise:
Slip,Trip & Fall
Premises Liability / Negligent Security
Recent cases retained by Plaintiff:
Guest incident regarding standard of care including safety, protocols / procedures, adequate warnings, and related issues
Safety and security practices for proprietors regarding foreseeability of harm, likelihood of injury, notice and reasonable intervention
Loss of income, conceptual and goodwill impact based on providing adequate parking
Recent cases retained by Defendant:
Loss of income and the feasibility of the concept and the viability of opening the restaurant
Slip and fall and the ensuring safety of its patrons and duty to use reasonable care in keeping premises reasonably safe
Maintenance, industry standards of furniture handling and procurement, foreseeability of harm, and likelihood of injury from lack of procedures
Retail Expert Witness Corporation celebrates over 10 years of delivering the most precise opinions for over 400 cases nationally with Jerry Birnbach, FISP, Associate AIA, the celebrated expert.
Jerry’s years of retail design for Jerry Birnbach LLC have a proven safety expert recognition and a Top 50 Retail Design Firm. A Top 40 Retail Industry Leader and retail safety expert for 40 years, Jerry has provided opinions for State and Federal court in 47 States for a majority of Slip, Trip and Fall Cases. From his early partnership with Sam Walton, Founder of Walmart - to placing the Issac Mizrahi brand into Target stores across the United States, Jerry set up each of his retail design clients up for maximum success in retails sales and retail safety. Many of his retail clients continue to thrive and maintain the highest level of retail safety culture and retail safety practice as promoted by Jerry.
In 2012, Jerry launched a retail expert witness business to support cases involving big box retail stores, fast food restaurants, and medical centers, as well as small business retailers, restaurants, and medical practices. Jerry has serviced clients whose cases involved local municipalities, federal safety rules & regulations, building codes, and best practices in retail safety to avoid slip and trip falls. Jerry sees the not-so-obvious when forming his expert opinions and remains openly accessible to his clients’ needs in order to deliver the most efficient and impactful opinion while maximizing the validity of each requested expert witness opinion.
The Patriots won the Super Bowl because they had more Angels on the field which was my Expert observation. As an Expert Witness for Retail liability case, assisting Liability Attorney's across the country, I have trained my eye to observe. So what did I take away from the Super Bowl?
I have been retained by a law firm as an expert witness in the field of Retail Design and Display. I was asked to review a furniture retail Store located in the above referenced address. It does need to be noted that I was not able to review the actual piece of furniture in question nor the camel statue that fell off of the chest and onto the plaintiff.