Liquor Liability


Bars, restaurants, hotels, casinos, and other similar establishments that are licensed to serve alcohol face a myriad of challenges, and liabilities, every day. When your primary business is serving alcohol to consumers, the most significant exposure, and potentially most damaging, is a dram shop or liquor liability claim.

Pennsylvania and New Jersey, along with over 40 other states, have enacted dram shop laws and statutes that prohibit bars, restaurants and similar venues from serving alcohol to visibly intoxicated patrons. They also prohibit adults from serving alcoholic beverages to underage minors. These laws allow individuals to sue for monetary damages, alleging fault on the part of the alcohol vendor or retailer.

When your business is faced with a liquor liability claim, you need an experienced team of attorneys who are dedicated to defending members of the hospitality and liquor industries. With more than 35 years of experience, the attorneys of Reger Rizzo & Darnall’s Liquor Liability Practice Group stand ready to defend clients against liquor liability and dram shop claims.

Our Services

At Reger Rizzo & Darnall, we work closely with clients in the hospitality and liquor industries, including bars, hotels, conference centers, entertainment venues, and restaurants and restaurant chains, among others. We regularly defend against a wide range of liquor liability claims, in cases ranging from simple injuries to more significant and complex personal injury and even wrongful death claims.

We have represented liquor licensees and their employees for years, which has enabled our team to develop valuable investigative procedures, strategic defense approaches, and proven trial techniques that are needed to vigorously defend these claims. In addition to dram shop and liquor liability, we have extensive experience representing clients in claims that also include multiple liability exposures, including hotel, restaurant, retail liability, slip & falls, and general liability claims. Additionally, we know that these claims will often times come with unwanted and negative publicity, and we are prepared to manage any and all related issues that may arise.

Our Team

Our commitment to working with clients in these industries has enabled our firm to develop a keen understanding of the intricacies associated with the ever-increasing number of issues and potential liabilities facing the hospitality and liquor industries.

Our Liquor Liability attorneys work closely with and utilize the skills, knowledge and experience of members from the Firm’s franchise, corporate, employment, and real estate groups. This cross-disciplinary approach enables our attorneys to consistently offer the highest level of legal service to each and every client - the cornerstone of our firm’s foundation.

We work with clients throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and New York. With eight offices conveniently located throughout the MidAtlantic region, we have a familiarity and understanding of the varied and unique dram shop statues for every state in which we practice, providing us with an edge in defending such claims.