Gary R. Coburn Expert Witness
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Specialties & Experience of this Expert Witness

General Specialties:

Hotel & Restaurant and Business Operations

Specialty Focus:

Slip, trip & fall, burns, choking, food safety, dram shop, alcohol, negligent security, employee safety, commercial kitchen, customer injuries, operations, management, franchise, ownership, permitting, training, investing, accounting, premises liability, OSHA, ADA, procedures, equipment design.

Years in Practice:

40+

Additional Information

Award-winning restaurant executive. Helped create, open, run, and advise 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. Over 40 years in the restaurant industry as owner, operator, franchisor, consultant, President, Chief Operating Officer, and General Manager of numerous restaurant and food service establishments. Experienced restaurant investor and developer. Active restaurant owner with consulting business developing restaurant concepts and turning around existing establishments. Concepts worked on 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 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. Breach of lease and assignment. Conceptual viability, pro forma budgets, business, and operating experience to support a lease assignment.