R. Britton Colbert, CHA, CHIA

Colbert Hotel Consulting, LLC
Boynton Beach , FL 33436
Mobile: 561-927-7400
Office: 561-927-7400

R. Britton Colbert is a 35-year+ experienced hotel operations executive with on-site operations experience with Sheraton Hotels and Holiday Inns, Inc., focused on generating positive Cash Flow for distribution, funding CapEx, and hotel development/investment. Court testimony includes matters of franchising issues, operational property control regarding assaults, wrongful deaths from drowning, carbon monoxide poising, fire and electrocution. Additional testimony regarding operations reporting practices. Broad litigation support nationwide, including the Caribbean, South America and Mexico. Mr. Colbert has extensive hotel acquisition due diligence experience including, but not limited to, The Beverly Hills Hotel, as well as financing chain-affiliated and independent hotels for acquisition and expansion. He has assisted in preparing affidavits, disclosures/designations and provides assistance to retaining attorney responding to complaints, interrogatories, preparing retaining attorney for depositions, discovery requests and mock trial exercises. Colbert has testified in depositions, state and federal courts, zoning authorities and at the Baltimore Police Commission.

Formerly with Laventhol & Horwath in NYC and Los Angeles as partner in the LA office, he directed the hotel and litigation practice from 1985-89. In 1990, Colbert became executive vice-president of operations of a 9-hotel portfolio with properties in CA, WA, IL and TX. From 1990 through 1993, Colbert was a member of the Embassy Suites Owners Association Board.

His case work has included matters involving hotel operations regarding standard of care, hotel brand standards, partnership reporting, cash flow analysis, franchising matters, including, but not limited to, key provisions within license agreements along with the obligations of the respective parties to operating guidelines, PIP requirements and franchisor support availability.

Colbert has been retained on hotel wrongful death matters associated with assaults, drowning, near-drowning, fire, carbon monoxide poisoning and electrocution incidents. Other litigation retention includes misrepresentation, personal injury cases of assaults related to rape, battery and shootings. Colbert has also been retained with cases relating to negligent retention and hotel a condemnation case in Idaho regarding alleged cash flow loss from the condemnation disruption.

Interesting and distinguishing assignments include California Court Appointed hotel expert regarding an 11-hotel portfolio valuation dispute; retained regarding the death or near-death drowning cases in Mississippi, Pennsylvania and Maui; alleged financial damages relating to the acquisition of a chain-affiliated hotel in Charlotte by an inexperienced buyer, testimony in Virginia regarding wrongful death cases associated with a fire at a 100-year old registered historic-hotel; fraud and an embezzlement case in Maryland involving mismanagement and co-mingling of partnership funds of two hotels and a condo development and, carbon monoxide poisoning cases in Florida and California.

Complex and diversified cases include the defense of a major hotel company organizational structure related to international franchise claims; the sale of a limited service hotel brand to another holding company resulting in weakened brand standards, marketing dilution and reservation disruptions; sexual assault case in Connecticut at a major chain-affiliated hotel (plaintiff), standards and control case in the Bahamas (2 defense cases) and Antigua (plaintiff), operating failure by a major, independent hotel operator to adhere to brand standards resulting in a Houston, chain-affiliated hotel electrocution death, defense case regarding alleged cash flow-loss associated with remediation efforts related to an EIFS matter for a 6-hotel, multi-state chain-affiliated portfolio, development control by an international hotel division regarding renovation program in Cartagena, and plaintiff shooting death cases at a major chain-affiliated hotel in Maryland and Orlando.

He is certified by the Educational Institute of the American Hotel & Lodging Association and currently holds the CHA and CHIA Certifications. Colbert also holds a current real estate license in California since 2000 and in Pennsylvania from 2003-2012.

Recent hotel asset management and consulting work includes assistance with 92-room Pennsylvania historic hotel regarding cash flows and redevelopment of the excess land; revenue, expense and marketing management for 102-room national chain affiliated hotel in Ohio; and consulting for two resort motels on the Maryland Eastern Shore.

Other areas of expertise include: Hotel financing and hotel development matters, third party vendor agreements and hotel reporting standards and practices.

Colbert was formerly the CEO and President of a 149-unit, Florida condominium complex, which operation is similar to that of a 300 unit hotel. Condominium complex encompassed recreational facilities, including large out door pool, 20-boat slips up to 54-feet, situated along 1,900 liner feet of seawall facing the Intra-Coastal Waterway in Delray Beach, Florida.

Colbert's litigation practice is generally 50/50 plaintiff-defense retention.

Areas of Expertise
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Construction Lending
  • Forensic Accounting
  • Franchising
  • Hotel & Hospitality
  • Hotel Security
  • Marketing
  • Negligent Hiring
  • Premises Liability
  • Property Management
  • Real Estate Broker
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Slip, Trip & Fall
  • Violent Crimes

Expert Background
Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: University of Denver, BSBA, School of Hotel & Restaurant Management
American Hotel & Lodging Association, CHA, CHIA Certifications, all current
California Real Estate License, current
Pennsylvania Real Estate License, 2003-2012
Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: American Hotel & Lodging Association
Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: UCLA, Evening Class, Hotel Financing
Numerous Speaking Engagements on development; hotel trends
Frequently quoted in the press regarding various aspects of the lodging industry
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: Numerous
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Hotel operations, franchise and brand standards and franchise agreements, duty of care,wrongful death matters (drowning, fire, electrocution, carbon monoxide), fraud, misrepresentation, assault, sexual assault cases from negligent hiring without criminal or background checks, hotel acquisition/diligence practices, third party concession/vendor agreements and appropriate and qualified hotel staffing.
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: 50%
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: 50%
Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: numerous
Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: 2018
Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
A: 12-18
Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
A: several
Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: Approximately 20
Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: Discovery analysis, assistance in preparing document/discovery requests, interrogatory responses, assistance in deposition preparation for retaining attorney, preparation with retaining attorney for Mock Trial exercises; and expert report, affidavit and disclosure writing.
Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: Contact for information
Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: Contact for information
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: Contact for information
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: Contact for information
Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: Travel and all out-of-pocket expenses at cost. Testimony fees and required travel expenses paid prior to testimony.


References upon request.