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  • Description

    Alcohol isn’t a factor only in DUI cases. Civil personal injury cases may also involve alcohol. The example of the ram shop, wherein a driver who is not visibly intoxicated when leaving a shop is then injured, leaving the dram shop potentially liable, depending on the state.

    This CLE course will explain how alcohol may play a role in cases and what attorneys need to know about such cases. The legal aspects of the toxicology of alcohol, dram shop cases, blood alcohol level and visible intoxication will be explained as well the issue of liability in dram shop statutes. Recovery, insurance and other specific challenges such as the impact of COVID-19 will be presented. The dram shop cases will be discussed both from the side of the defense and the plaintiff.

  • Instructor Bio

    Allison Muller

    Dr. Muller is a board-certified toxicologist, fellow of the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology, and registered pharmacist with over 20 years’ experience in the field of clinical toxicology. After a nearly 20year career leading the Poison Control Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, which included consulting on toxicology cases from 21 counties in Pennsylvania and Delaware, Dr. Muller is presently an independent consultant. She specializes in medical communications and expert witness testimony. Dr. Muller has experience in cases involving alcohol, drugs of abuse (opioids, marijuana, synthetic cannabinoids, cocaine), carbon monoxide, medication errors, and postmortem toxicology. She is also adjunct faculty at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine.

    Acri Muller Consulting, LLC
    www.AcriMullerConsulting.com
    215-593-5805
    allison@acrimullerconsulting.com


    Scott Gemberling

    For over 30 years, Scott has focused a significant portion of his practice on the defense of liquor liability, professional liability (legal, accounting, employment, D&O, non-profit, HOA) and significant exposure excess insurance claims. Scott has tried over 100 cases to verdict, many involving dram shop, medical and dental malpractice and product liability matters.

    In addition to his law practice, Scott has lectured extensively to various claims and trial lawyer associations concerning liquor liability, settlement negotiations and trial tactics. He serves as the National Litigation Coordinator for high-exposure liquor liability, professional liability and excess claims cases for a number of national insurance companies. Scott has actively defended liquor liability, casualty and professional liability claims in a variety of jurisdictions including Florida, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Oklahoma, Michigan, Minnesota, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, New Jersey, Connecticut, California, Washington, Arizona, Kentucky and Tennessee.

    Since 1995, Scott has served on the faculty of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute for its annual Tort Law Update Program lecturing attorneys on subjects including dram shop liability and the admission of evidence of alcohol in civil cases. He has served as a judge pro tem in Delaware County (1997-2002), co-chairman of the Delaware County Civil Trial Practice Committee (1998-2002) and a member of the Delaware County Judicial Advisory Committee. He also serves as both coordinator and faculty for a Pennsylvania Bar Institute sponsored Dram Shop Liability Seminar presented on numerous occasions since 1999.

    Scott graduated from Clarion State University in 1974 and completed master's credits toward a Master of Psychosocial Science at the Pennsylvania State University from 1976 through 1978. He concluded his legal education at Widener University School of Law in 1981. Scott began his career with Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin as a law clerk in 1979 and continued employment with the firm following his admission to the Pennsylvania Bar in 1981.