Peter T Tomaras, MBA, CHA, FMP

Mr. Peter T Tomaras, MBA, CHA, FMP

Apollo Hotel Consultancy
5 Eton Court
Champaign , IL 61820
Office: 217-552-1678
Fax: 217-552-1678

Introduction

After providing expert litigation support in more than 75 cases over 14 years, Mr. Tomaras is limiting new cases to a geographic area within 200 miles of Champaign, IL--an area that includes Chicago, St. Louis, Milwaukee, and St. Louis. Areas of Expertise: Operations, premises safety/security, standards of care, and management of hotels, bars and restaurants. Mr. Tomaras holds the hospitality industry’s highest professional designations: Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA) and Food Management Professional (FMP). He has 40 years in hospitality management and consulting, and has served as president of both the Illinois Innkeepers Association and the Illinois Restaurant Association.

As a consultant, Mr. Tomaras has led three firms: Restaurant Concepts, Inc. (president); State Street Associates (executive vice-president); and Apollo Hotel Consultancy (principal). He has worked with attorneys for both defense and plaintiffs in a wide range of cases including sexual assault in hotels, a double murder at a hotel, assaults at bars and dram shop issues, swimming pool drownings, and collapsing furniture. He was the hotel operations expert in the Andrews invasion of privacy case in Nashville. At this stage in his career, he takes slip/fall cases only in unusual circumstances.

Mr. Tomaras projects professionalism and confidence in testimony at trial or deposition, and is known for integrity and objectivity. He writes articulate, comprehensive reports, and is responsive to attorney and client requirements, always meeting deadlines. He has published articles in Hotel Management and Trial magazines.

Mr. Tomaras directed the accredited Hospitality Management program at Parkland College in Champaign (10,000 students) as associate professor, winning two national teaching awards. He taught nine different restaurant and hotel management courses including Hospitality Law, and has presented educational seminars to operators and employees on security, front desk operation, and human resources management. He has written case studies of Ritz-Carlton and Marriott, the Amway Grand Plaza (Michigan), the Wickaninnish Inn (Tofino, BC), and The Inn at Blackberry Farm (Tennessee), as well as of award-winning midscale hotels. He has conducted research at major hotels in Chicago, Washington, Barcelona, Paris, Athens, and Cyprus.


Areas of Expertise

  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Bars/Lounges/Night Clubs
  • Food
  • Franchising
  • Hotel & Hospitality
  • Hotel Security
  • Liquor Liability/Dram Shop
  • Premises Liability
  • Restaurant Security
  • Restaurants
  • Security Management

Expert Background

Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: BA - Economics, University of Illinois
MBA - Master of Business Administration, Illinois State University, 1994
CHA - Certified Hotel Administrator 1981 American Hotel & Lodging Association
FMP - Food Management Professional 1993 National Restaurant Association
Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: (Former) American Hotel and Lodging Association
(Former) National Restaurant Association
Illinois Restaurant Association
Illinois Hotel and Lodging Association
Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: 18 years teaching, 7 full-time as associate professor and director, Hospitality Management, Parkland College, Champaign, IL.
Extensive public speaking experience over many years.
Q: Have any of your accreditations ever been investigated, suspended or removed? (if yes, explain)
A: No
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Hotel standards of care; hotel security and duty of guest safety; hotel fire safety; assaults in hotel and public rooms; bedbug complaint at hotel; injury at hotel events (parties, receptions; restaurant negligence (product safety, premises safety); restaurant operations/classification (non-compete challenge); food safety; invasion of privacy at hotel.
Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: Rates available upon request.
Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: Rates available upon request.
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: Rates available upon request.
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: Rates available upon request.
Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: out-of-pocket at cost + 5%, auto travel at current IRS mileage rate.

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