Hotel Expert Witness
Mr. Free provides advisory and expert witness services for hotels, resorts, and timesharing. These services may be in relation to properties going through the development or pre-development stages, those that are open and experiencing difficulties, or where disputes have arisen among the stakeholders. Additional current emphasis is in premises liability and wrongful death cases.
Key areas of consulting effectiveness are...
*Industry Standards of Care
*Economic Damages, Lost Profits, and Business Interruption Impacts
*Brand/System Affiliation or Conversion Issues; Management Contracts & Franchising
*Strategic Planning, Market Repositioning, and Workouts for Distressed Properties
Litigation Support Services
Mr. Kenneth C. Free is regularly engaged as an expert witness and provides litigation support services in all aspects of the hospitality industry.
Areas of Expertise
Hotel & Resort Real Estate Development; Hotel & Resort Financing Disputes; Hotel Architectural & Design; Resort Architectural & Design; Hotel Licensing Disputes; Hospitality Class Actions.
Mr. Free's depth of experience in hotel, resort and shared ownership real estate, operations, and finance provide the background for Straightline's assignments.
Mr. Free received his MBA in Finance from the Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri in Kansas City and his BS in Hotel Administration from the Harrah College of Hotel Administration at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas.
He is a Registered Resort Professional (American Resort Development Association), a Master Hotel Supplier (American Hotel & Lodging Association), and a licensed Real Estate Broker in the State of California. He has been active in the American Resort Development Association, the American Hotel & Lodging Association, and the Urban Land Institute, including membership on various committees and has published articles in trade magazines. He has also been Adjunct Professor in Strategic Planning and Finance in the Graduate School at the University of Phoenix.
· Hilton Worldwide
· Connect Hospitality Systems
· Amfac Hotels & Resorts
· Westin Hotels & Resorts
· Registered Resort Professional - American Resort Development Association
· Certified Master Hotel Supplier - American Hotel & Lodging Association
· Licensed Real Estate Broker - California Department of Real Estate
Legal Experience & Services
Engaged as an Expert Witness for 89-cases (through 6/2018).
[54% Defense; 46% Plaintiff]
· American Resort Development Association
· American Hotel & Lodging Association
· Urban Land Institute
· Forensic Expert Witness Association
Has consulted throughout the USA and eighteen other countries. Has been engaged for expert witness assignments in nineteen states, two territories, and five foreign jurisdictions.
Awards & Honors
· Hotelman of the Year University of Nevada in Las Vegas
Seminars & Training
Regular attendance at major industry conferences
Regularly cited by business publications
· MBA Finance - Bloch School of Management, University of Missouri in Kansas City
· BS Hotel Administration - Harrah College of Hotel Administration, University of Nevada in Las Vegas