Fred Del Marva is a court qualified expert specializing in cases of "Acts of Violence," "Slips/Trips and Falls," "Liquor Liability," and "Overall Industry Standards Compliance" in the lodging and foodservice industries. During litigation, his opinions are used to determine the foreseeability of malfeasance and adequacy of security. Since 1986, he has been retained in over 900 cases (plaintiff & defense) in 48 of the contiguous states: Hawaii, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Grand Cayman, Canada, Alaska, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Mexico, Bahamas, St. Croix Virgin Islands, Pakistan, Saipan, and Australia, and has been qualified in both state and federal courts.
His association with prominent law firms (Gerry Spence, Melvin Belli, and Johnny Cochran and members from the Inner Circle of Advocates), his retention and consulting as an industry standard of care expert in the Mandalay Bay Shooting, Erin Andrews v. Marriott International [55 million dollar verdict], Denny's Shooting [46.4 million dollar verdict], Hilton Tailhook Case in Las Vegas, I Can't Believe It's Yogurt murders in Austin, Harris murder in Houston, Giant Stadium, Verni v. Aramark [135 million dollar dram shop verdict],Yosemite murders in California and “The McDonald Murders” in Nova Scotia have led to his appearances as an industry expert on numerous national, syndicated, and local television/radio shows (e.g. "Geraldo," "The Reporters," etc.).
He is a licensed private investigator, forensic investigator, legal consultant, security consultant, security guard company owner and operator, expert witness and Chairman/CEO of Food and Beverage Investigations, Del Marva Investigative Group, Special Events Security, Covert Investigations, and Del Marva Corporation.
These companies are retained by the country's leading hotel and restaurant chains, and independent operators to perform a variety of surveys including "Safety & Security," "Quality Assurance," and "Foreseeability Planning for Liability Exposure". Properties are surveyed to determine whether they comply with corporate policies, procedures, and industry standards.
Mr. Del Marva is a lecturer, educator, and trainer. He is a nationally acclaimed industry expert and an acknowledged authority on standards of care, management training, guest security, responsible service of alcohol training and policy and procedure development and implementation for hotels, discos, bars, restaurants, sport complexes, race tracks, casinos, convention facilities, and cruise ships.
He is certified in Security Training Techniques by the National Association of Investigative Specialists; a previously certified TIPS trainer for the responsible service of alcohol; a "Neutral Evaluator" for a California Bar Association (ADR); and a past member of a Drug and Alcohol Task Force. He served as an Executive Advisory Board Member at two distinguished colleges with Hotel & Restaurant Departments, and has been published in hospitality trade journals.
He has been in the hospitality industry for over 45 years. Twenty-five of those years were as an employee, manager, 20 as an industry consultant, and over 20 as a liability consultant and liability expert. Having owned and operated numerous businesses, the experiences he brings to his training programs, consulting and expert testimony are based on acceptable industry principles and methods needed to insure a safe and secure environment.
As part of his continuing efforts to educate, he conducts corporate and military club management training programs; lectures at colleges, universities, and hotel and restaurant associations in the United States and Canada . He discloses the mistakes and the successes he has encountered while dealing with the country's leading hotel and restaurant companies; and teaches attendees to develop proactive and reactive instincts that lead to the anticipation, recognition, and elimination of potential areas of liability.
Hilton Hotel & Casinos, Isle of Capri, Grand Casino, Casino Magic, Sands Hotel & Casino, Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino, Stardust Hotel & Casino, Sands Hotel & Casino, Trump Castle Hotel & Casino, Bally’s Hotel & Casino, MGM Hotel & Casino, Resorts Hotel & Casino, Mirage Hotel & Casino, San Remo Hotel & Casino, Harrah’s Casino, Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino, Marriott, Sheraton, Holiday Inn, Wyndham, Westin, Best Western, Radisson, Ramada, Embassy Suites, Doubletree, Taco Bell, McDonald’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Burger King, Pizza Hut, I Can't Believe It's Yogurt, Sizzler, Denny’s, Applebee’s, Logan’s, Tony Roma’s, TGI Friday’s, Outback, Chili’s, Hard Rock Cafe, Marie Callendar’s, 7 Eleven, Shell and Arco are only a few companies where Mr. Del Marva has consulted or rendered expert opinions in plaintiff and defense litigation.