Speaking Engagements & Publications

February 22, 2016

2016 Hospitality Law Conference

David is excited to be presenting again at the annual Hospitality Law Conference. This year his session is entitled FACT OR FICTION: Dealing with Guest Claims (Real & Imagined).

It seems that incidents of guests claiming (usually after the fact) that they have suffered some injury or illness due to the restaurant are on the rise. When you get the "I broke my tooth at your restaurant,” or “you guys made me sick last week,” call, or any of the other innumerable allegations (scams?) that come in, what do you do? Who do you call first? Your insurance company? Attorney? Mom? This session will explore what to take seriously, how to respond, and when to get your insurance company involved.


March 2, 2015

Dallas Startup Week

David is excited to participate in the inaugural Dallas Startup Week, sitting on a panel to discuss Financing Your Restaurant.

Dallas Startup Week is a free five day event highlighting the amazing startup culture of Dallas. Join in for a few events hosted all around town to learn, network and help make Dallas better for everyone.


October 23 & 24, 2013

NRA Marketing Executives Group

David is excited to be presenting at the 2013 Marketing Executives Group forum. His talk, DATELINE: YOU, will focus on restaurant news headlines from around the world (some tragic, some ridiculous, some utterly unbelievable) and the lessons they can teach.

Established in 1980, the National Restaurant Association's MEG is a nonprofit study group designed as an educational forum for foodservice executives. Its mission is to raise the level of excellence in restaurant marketing by providing leadership and training as well as encouraging the exchange of ideas among marketing professionals for the betterment of the industry and participating restaurant companies.


October 17, 2013

HFTP Annual Convention & Tradeshow 2013

David will present Effective Negotiating: Getting Most of What you Want, Most of the Time at the 2013 Hospitality Financial & Technology Professionals (HFTP) Annual Convention & Tradeshow.

HFTP is the premier global professional association serving members in hospitality careers. Since 1952, HFTP's mission has been to provide members with superior networking opportunities, industry-leading events, comprehensive certification programs, unique educational opportunities, and other essential resources for professional growth. Click here to learn more about HFTP.


September 2013

Restaurant Start Up & Growth Magazine


March 19-21, 2013

2013 Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show

David presented Stop Lighting Things on Fire! (and other tips for avoiding liability when serving alcohol and food) at the 2013 Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show in Las Vegas. The show is the definitive on-premise beverage show. Held in Las Vegas every March, this show's got it all: dynamic speakers as well as innovative products, informational tools, unique demonstrations and special events on the exhibit floor and non-stop evening events.


February 11-13, 2013

2013 Hospitality Law Conference

David is honored and excited to be addressing the annual Hospitality Law Conference in Houston, Texas, for the fifth consecutive year. This year David will present Dirt, Food & Booze: Negotiating Restaurant Leases, Catering/Banquet Agreements and other Foodservice Contracts, examining both stand-alone restaurant agreements, as well as those involving hotels and other venues.


February 8-10, 2012

2012 Hospitality Law Conference

David presented, for the fourth consecutive year, at the annual Hospitality Law Conference in Houston, Texas. David's talk, entitled The Best Offense is a Good Defense: Strategies for Preventing and Defending Food, Allergy and Alcohol Claims, examined recent food and beverage litigation, and presented practical strategies for avoiding incidents and defending claims.

The Hospitality Law Conference, now in its tenth year, is a one-of-a-kind opportunity that brings together hundreds of private attorneys, human resource professionals, in-house counsel, loss-prevention personnel, risk managers, and hospitality owners and operators to learn about a host of legal issues pertinent to the hospitality industry.


June 27, 2011

Nation’s Restaurant News

David was featured in the June 27, 2011, issue of Nation's Restaurant News in an article entitled Bananas Foster mishap: Should you play with fire?


July 15-18, 2011

Resort Hotel Association Annual Conference

On July 17, 2011, David presented a seminar entited Allergens and Pathogens and Plaintiffs - Oh, My! A Review of Recent Court Cases Impacting the Hospitality Industry to the members of the Resort Hotel Association at Big Cedar Lodge, in Ridgedale, MO.

The Resort Hotel Association (RHA) is a not-for-profit insurance association specializing in insurance programs that address the risks unique to independent resorts, hotels, city clubs and spas.


June 2011

Restaurant Start Up & Growth Magazine

David authored an article for the June 2011 issue of Restaurant Start Up & Growth Magazine entitled Got Coverage? An Insurance Coverage Primer for Restaurant Operators.


April 2011

Restaurant Start Up & Growth Magazine

Restaurant Startup & Growth Magazine also featured David in the April 2011 issue, in an article entitled Give Me Just One More Chance! (How Chapter 11 Works, and How it Helps).


February 25-28, 2011

CMAA World Conference on Club Management

David presented Playing with Fire: Avoiding Food & Beverage Liability at Your Club to the members of the Club Managers Association of America (CMAA) at their 2011 World Conference on Club Management. CMAA is the professional association for managers of membership clubs. With close to 7,000 members across all classifications, its manager members run more than 3,000 country, golf, city, athletic, faculty, yacht, town and military clubs.


February 25-28, 2011

CMAA World Conference on Club Management

David will present Playing with Fire: Avoiding Food & Beverage Liability at Your Club to the members of the Club Managers Association of America (CMAA) at their 2011 World Conference on Club Management. CMAA is the professional association for managers of membership clubs. With close to 7,000 members across all classifications, its manager members run more than 3,000 country, golf, city, athletic, faculty, yacht, town and military clubs.


Feb. 9-11, 2011

Hospitality Law Conference

David, with co-presenters Elizabeth DeConti and Christian Stegmaier, will present Ripped From the Headlines: Avoiding Liability and Negative Publicity by Taking Lessons from Actual News Stories at the ninth annual Hospitality Law Conference in Houston, Texas.

The Hospitality Law Conference is a one-of-a-kind opportunity that brings together more than 350 private attorneys, human resource professionals, in-house counsel, loss-prevention personnel, risk managers, and hospitality owners and operators to learn about a host of legal issues pertinent to the hospitality industry.


November 10, 2010

HospitalityLawyer.com Webinar

David will present Cheating Death: The Importance of Succession Planning for Multi-owner Businesses at 3:00 p.m. CDT on HospitalityLawyer.com.

Entrepreneurs begin their businesses with excitement and hope. They consider their partners carefully. Many seldom consider, however, (especially at the outset) how to plan for the possibility that an owner could die while the business is operating. Such provisions are critical when the partners participate in operations.

This Webinar will explore strategies for avoiding partnership with estates or heirs, including Buy/Sell Agreements, and Key Person life insurance, as well as options for implementing these plans in ways that protect the company. Click HERE to register.


Fall 2010

In the Mix Magazine

David’s article "Wake Me Up, Before You Go" was featured in the Fall 2010 issue of In The Mix. The article examines issues that can arise when companies fail to make provisions for smooth operation in the event an owner dies.


September 13, 2010

Art Institute of Dallas

On September 13, 2010, David addressed the Capstone Class at the Art Institute of Dallas' School of Culinary Arts on legal issues in the food and beverage industry, providing the students with a general overview of various legal issues they might face, including forming entities, lease negotiation and food/liquor liability.


Summer 2010

In The Mix Magazine

David’s article "Money for Nothing" was featured on the Summer 2010 issue of In The Mix. The article discusses the need for restaurant and bar owners to make sure they have appropriate insurance coverage for food- and beverage-related claims. The article also suggested resources that operators can use to guard against claims.


June 2010

Restaurant Start Up & Growth Magazine

Restaurant Startup & Growth Magazine also featured David in the June 2010 issue, in an article entitled "Other People’s Money: The Legal Aspects of Growing Your Business With Friends, Family and Angel Investors." The article discusses various forms of restaurant funding (loans, venture capital and private investors), with a focus on the legal requirements involved in raising money through private investments.


June 7, 2010

Art Institute of Dallas

On June 7, 2010, David addressed the Capstone Class at the School of Culinary Arts on legal issues in the food and beverage industry, providing the students with a general overview of various legal issues they might face, including forming entities, lease negotiation and food/liquor liability.


May 2010

Restaurant Startup & Growth Magazine

David was featured in the May 2010 issue of Restaurant Start Up and Growth Magazine in an article entitled, "On Your Mark: Understanding and Protecting Your Trademark." In this article, David addressed the danger of trademark infringement and the importance of protecting your trademark.


April 2010

Menu Labeling Blog

Click here for short primer on the menu labeling portion of the Patient Protection & Affordable Health Care Act, passed into law on March 23, 2010.


February 4, 2010

Hospitality Law Conference

On February 4, 2010, David will present The Modern Menu: Warnings, Disclaimers, and Nutrition Labeling at the 8th Annual Hospitality Law Conference. This session will focus on the legal aspects of menu design, including the use of warnings and disclaimers to avoid (or limit) liability for foodborne illness and allergic reactions. The session will also address existing nutrition labeling laws, as well as proposed national menu labeling legislation.


January 2010

Restaurant Start Up and Growth Magazine

David was featured in the January 2010 issue of Restaurant Start Up and Growth Magazine in an article entitled, "Risky Business: How to Prevent Workplace Hazards." In this article, David addressed common and uncommon workplace injury issues, discussed workers' compensation insurance and suggested how to set up a safety training program in-house.


December 7, 2009

Art Institute of Dallas

On December 7, 2009, David addressed the Capstone Class at the School of Culinary Arts on legal issues in the food and beverage industry, providing the students with a general overview of various legal issues they might face, including forming entities, lease negotiation and food/liquor liability.


Fall 2009

Food Safety Solutions

David was featured in the Fall 2009 issue of Food Safety Solutions in an article entitled, "State of Anaphylactic Shock."


October 2009

Nightclub & Bar Magazine

David was featured in the October 2009 issue of Nightclub & Bar Magazine in an article entitled, "Ensuring Happy Holidays: Proper Contracts and Service Help Make Private Parties Successful." In this article, David addressed issues that arise when booking private parties or special events and gives advice on how to better prepare your contracts to minimize liability and risk.


March 9, 2009

Art Institute of Dallas

On March 9, 2009, David addressed the Capstone Class at the School of Culinary Arts on legal issues in the food and beverage industry, providing the students with a general overview of various legal issues they might face, including forming entities, lease negotiation and food/liquor liability.


November 6, 2009

The Dallas Institute

On November 6, 2009, David appeared with Dr. James McWilliams at the Dallas Institute to discuss "The Ethics of Food." The Dallas Institute – The Ethics of Food: A Symposium.


November 3, 2009

Mexican Restaurant Association Convention 2009

On November 3, 2009, David spoke in Kansas City, Missouri at a seminar titled, "Protecting Your Restaurant From Foodborne Illness & Allergy Claims."


October 2009

Restaurant Startup & Growth Magazine

David was featured in the October 2009 issue of Restaurant Startup & Growth magazine in an article entitled, "What You Say Is What They Get: A Truth-in-Menu and Menu Labeling Laws Primer."


August 2009

Corporate & Incentive Travel

David was featured in the August 2009 issue of Corporate & Incentive Travel in an article entitled, "Protect Attendees and Your Organization From Identity Thieves and Corporate Spies."


Summer 2009

In The Mix Magazine

David was featured in the Summer 2009 issue of In The Mix in an article entitled, "Making Your Mark On The World."


June 28, 2009

2009 Southwest Foodservice Expo

David joined other foodservice industry experts on a panel at the Southwest Foodservice Expo entitled, "Gear Up in the Economic Downtown."


May 11, 2009

Nation’s Restaurant News

David was featured in the May 11, 2009 issue of Nation's Restaurant News in an article entitled, "FS/TEC Panel Offers Insights Into Revised PCI Security Standards."

Additionally, this article was previewed in the January 12, 2009 issue of Nation's Restaurant News in an article entitled, "Weick Among FS/TEC Winners."


April 20, 2009

Nation’s Restaurant News

David was featured in the April 20, 2009 issue of Nation's Restaurant News in an article entitled, "On a roll: Texas restaurateurs drive business with gourmet-food trailers."
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April 15, 2009

Greater Dallas Restaurant Association

On April 15, 2009, David co-hosted, along with Jay Goldstein of Advance Foodservice Consulting and Special Guest Donald Uloth, the seminar sponsored by Greater Dallas Restaurant Association “Tool Chest Educational Series” on "Immigration: Staying Staffed and in Compliance”.


April 2009

Nightclub & Bar Magazine

Also reprinted in the HospitalityLawyer.com newsletter, the "Take Me Home Tonight" article focused on various ways bars have tried to get patrons home safely while exposing themselves to potential liability.


March 4, 2009

Dallas Institute for Humanities

David participated in the Dallas Institute for Humanities Environmental Forum.


February 25, 2009

Greater Dallas Restaurant Association

On February 25, 2009, David co-hosted, along with Jay Goldstein of Advance Foodservice Consulting and Special Guest Michael Levy with Desperado’s restaurant, the seminar sponsored by Greater Dallas Restaurant Association “Tool Chest Educational Series” on Menu Engineering.


February 16, 2009

Hospitality Law Conference

On February 16, 2009, David addressed the 7th annual Hospitality Law Conference in Houston, Texas. His talk focused on the need for restaurant companies to develop policies and procedures for addressing and avoiding foodborne illness and allergy claims.


February 4, 2009

Foodservice Technology Exposition & Conference (FS/TEC) Conference

In February 2009, David participated on a panel at the 14th annual Foodservice Technology Exposition & Conference (FS/TEC) Conference in Orlando, Florida. The panel addressed the requirements of PCI Data Security Standards v.1.2 in the restaurant industry and ramifications for non-compliance.


February 2009

HospitalityLawyer.com

David was featured in the February 2009 issue of HospitalityLawyer.com in an article entitled, "Take Me Home Tonight: Words You DON'T Want To Hear In Your Bar."


November 2008

QSR Magazine

David was featured in the November 2008 issue of QSR Magazine in an article entitled, "Leasing Terms," which explored negotiating tactics for restaurant leases.


October 15, 2008

Greater Dallas Restaurant Association’s 2008 Growth Series

On October 15, 2008, David co-hosted, along with Jay Goldstein and Special Guest Jason Puig of Staubach Retail, the fifth in their series of seminars sponsored by the Greater Dallas Restaurant Association. The seminar focused on maximizing value when dealing with developers and landlords.


October 2008

Club Managers’ Association of America Legal Newsletter

The Oct/Nov/Dec 2008, issue of the CMAA Legal Newsletter featured David's article entitled, "Shock Treatment: Avoiding Liability for Allergy Claims in Food and Beverage Operations."


September 15, 2008

Art Institute of Dallas, School of Culinary Arts

On September 15, 2008, David addressed the Capstone Class at the School of Culinary Arts on legal issues in the food and beverage industry, providing the students with a general overview of various legal issues they might face, including forming entities, lease negotiation and food/liquor liability.


July 2008

QSR Magazine

David was featured in the July 2008 issue of QSR Magazine entitled "Labeling Battle Continues" on the issue of Menu Labeling.


January 23, 2008

Greater Dallas Restaurant Association’s 2007-8 Growth Series

On January 23, 2008, David will co-host, along with Jay Goldstein and Lee Plotkin, the third in a series of seminars sponsored by the Greater Dallas Restaurant Association. The seminar will focus on purchasing strategies and provide resources to assist owner/operators in preventing and/or dealing with purchasing contracts and supply issues.


December 3, 2007

Art Institute of Dallas, School of Culinary Arts

On December 3, 2007, David will address the Capstone Class at the School of Culinary Arts on legal issues in the food and beverage industry, providing the students with a general overview of various legal issues they might face, including forming partnerships, lease negotiation and food/liquor liability.