|(713) 880-2992||Monshaugen & Van Huff, P.C.||1225 North Loop West, Suite 640 | Houston, Texas 77008|
Monshaugen & Van Huff, P.C. attorneys have significant experience in the highly-specialized area of defending dram shop and liquor liability claims against alcohol providers and their employees. We have successfully defended a wide array of alcohol providers, from large national chains to privately-owned establishments, directly and through their insurance carriers. Cases have ranged from relatively minor injuries to multiple fatalities in a single accident in which the settlement demand exceeded $10 million.
Our attorneys take an aggressive approach in identifying defenses to claims that are extremely fact-intensive, with particular focus on the TABC’s safe harbor provision. We act quickly to preserve testimony of employees by obtaining sworn statements soon after the assignment is received, eliminating the risk of unclear memory after significant time has passed or, worse, adverse testimony from a former employee in an extremely transient workforce. We understand the significance of developing detailed information key to liability evaluation, including the amount, types, and times of alcohol consumed, drinking history, food consumption and how those factors affect intoxication and appearance. We have developed solid relationships with the TABC, experts in forensic toxicology and experts in accident reconstruction so that critical issues can be determined from the outset, shaping the overall strategy for defending the allegations.