Mr. Kenneth C Free

Straightline Hospitality, Inc.
52 Burying Hill Road
Greenwich, CT 06831
Mobile: 805-906-6945
Office: 888-616-8222

Overview: Mr. Free is a highly credible resource with both broad and deep knowledge in the hotel business. Prior to opening his own firm in 1993, Mr. Free worked in senior positions with three major hotel companies in operations, finance, and real estate development. Since then, as a consultant and expert witness, he has been engaged for hundreds of assignments in the world of hotels, resorts, and timesharing. His perspectives derive from authentic experiences, tempered by an appreciation for the academic and legal concepts pertinent to expert witness assignments.

Areas of Expertise
  • Casino & Gaming Industry
  • Construction Lending
  • Cruise Lines
  • Franchising
  • Hotel & Hospitality
  • Hotel Security
  • Premises Liability
  • Property Management
  • Real Estate Damages
  • Real Estate Finance

Expert Background
Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: MBA, Finance, Bloch School of Management, University of Missouri, Kansas City, 1979.
BS, Hotel Administration, Harrah School of Hospitality, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 1972.
Real Estate Broker License #01164691, California Department of Real Estate
Certified Master Hotel Supplier, American Hotel & Lodging Association
Registered Resort Professional, American Resort Development Association
Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: Urban Land Institute
American Hotel & Lodging Association
American Resort Development Association
Forensic Expert Witness Association
Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: Adjunct Professor (Graduate Finance and Strategic Planning), University of Phoenix
Q: Have any of your accreditations ever been investigated, suspended or removed? (if yes, explain)
A: no
Q: On how many occasions have you been retained as an expert?
A: 144
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: business feasibility
economic damages and lost profits
harm to usage rights
standards of care; general negligence, including slips & falls, drownings, etc.
transient occupancy tax payments
breach of fiduciary duty
employee class action
liability of brand licensor
hotel financing
franchising issues
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: 53%
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: 47%
Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: 31
Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: 2020
Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
A: 11
Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: First Time: 1994
Began Emphasis in Expert Witnessing: 2008
Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: consulting
case development
Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: case dependent
Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: case dependent
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: case dependent
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: case dependent
Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: Out of pocket expenses, including those for travel, are billed without markup.


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