Liquor Liability

At Gallagher Sharp, we recognize that Dram Shop claims are a significant concern for businesses serving alcohol and their insurance carriers. The consequences of these claims can be devastating to a business or individual if not handled by an attorney with the applicable experience.

Dram Shop claims and social host liquor liability claims are governed by several Ohio and Michigan statutes and corresponding common law. Given the potential significant exposure in a liquor liability claim, a thorough knowledge of this area of law is critical in assessing risks and formulating strategies to defend these claims.

In addition to the legal issues, defense of these claims also requires knowledge and expertise of the relevant medical and scientific issues. Our attorneys have worked with many of the preeminent toxicology experts across the country in the defense of liquor liability cases. Gallagher Sharp also has a team of nurse paralegals to assist in the analysis of medical and scientific issues in the defense of these claims.

We have represented individual social hosts and businesses such as restaurants, bars, and private clubs in a variety of liquor liability claims. The representation has included:

  • Dram shop claims (personal injury and wrongful death)
  • Social host liability
  • Third-party criminal conduct claims
  • Property damage and subrogation claims