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40 North Central Avenue
Suite 2700
Phoenix, Arizona 85004

Phone: 602-263-1700
Fax: 602-651-7599

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Dram Shop and Social Host Liability

Dram shop typically refers to the civil liability of a commercial business that serves alcohol to a person who then causes injury to himself or another person allegedly due to intoxication/impairment.  Social host liability refers to the potential civil liability of an employer or a private individual (one who does not hold a license to sell alcohol) that provides alcohol to a person who then does harm to himself or another.

Since its inception in 1983, Jones, Skelton & Hochuli has successfully defended, settled and tried hundreds of dram shop and social host liability cases.  The Firm’s attorneys have been in the forefront of shaping and defending the law pertaining to civil liability of commercial businesses, restaurants and bars, employers, social organizations, and private individuals that provide alcohol to others. Dram shop and social host liability issues arise in numerous settings where alcohol is consumed – bars, restaurants, employer/company functions, private parties, sporting events, charitable events, college campuses, and several others. Jones, Skelton & Hochuli has dealt with – and continues to deal with – all these scenarios.  Our attorneys are not only experts in the statutory provisions and common law principles that are triggered in such cases, but also very experienced in uncovering the necessary information, evidence, witnesses, and experts to evaluate the cases, and decide the best course of action - move for dismissal, mediate or, if appropriate, defend through trial.