R. Britton Colbert, CHA, CHIA

Colbert Hotel Consulting, LLC
11312 QUAIL COVEY ROAD
Boynton Beach , FL 33436
Mobile: 561-927-7400
Office: 561-927-7400
Introduction

R. Britton Colbert is a 40-year+ experienced hotel executive with on-site operations experience with Sheraton Hotels and Holiday Inns, Inc., focused to generating positive Cash Flow distributions, managing & funding CapEx projects, and providing hotel development/investment analysis. Colbert was EVP of Ken+ Asset Management, Inc., representing the ownership interests of a 9-hotel portfolio which included 5 Embassy Suite Hotels, the 300-room Pasadena Hilton Hotel, the 172-room Melrose Hotel, Dallas, the 267-room Airtel Plaza Hotel, Van Nuys, CA and 2 upscale Bed-Breakfast facilities, Sacramento. Colbert was directly responsible for all the pre-opening, including the food & beverage leasing and the on-going management responsibilities of the Embassy Suite Hotels and, the management supervision of the other hotels. From 1990 through 1993, Colbert was a member of the Embassy Suites Owners Association Board.

Formerly with Laventhol & Horwath in NYC and in Los Angeles as partner in the LA office, he directed the hotel and litigation practice from 1985-89. During this period, Mr. Colbert conducted extensive hotel acquisition due diligence efforts including, but not limited to, the Beverly Hills Hotel, the Bel Air Hotel, several Embassy Suite hotels as well as financing other chain-affiliated and independent hotels for acquisition and expansion.

Colbert has served as a hotel expert for resort matters located in Antigua, Grand Bahama Island, Puerto Rico, Jamaica and Nassau. These cases included several wrongful death matters and premise liability issues representing defense and plaintiff attorney-clients.

Colbert's litigation consulting encompasses court & deposition testimony regarding wrongful death matters, assaults, and hotel franchising and acquisition. He frequently references accepted and reliable hotel operations practices, including but not limited to, guest safety and security practices, meeting hotel brand and license standards (such as key provisions within license agreements), the obligations of the respective parties regarding operating guidelines, PIP requirements, reporting practices and franchisor support availability.

Nationwide hotel wrongful death and assault retention matters include fires, drownings, shootings, swimming pool electrocution, carbon monoxide poisoning and assaults. Example cases include a fire at a 100-year old registered historic-Inn,VA, with other fire deaths assignments in GA and IL, alleged wrongful death at a large resort in the Bahamas related to para-sailing, several shooting deaths in Orlando, Las Vegas, numerous hotel drowning cases located in PA, HI, MS, MO, and Cartagena, Columbia, an electrocution matter in Houston, and carbon monoxide poisoning matters in CA and FL.

Other interesting, distinguishing litigation retention matters include corporate operating pro-forma misrepresentation, the defense of a major international hotel company organizational structure related to alleged franchise claims in Mexico, a defense condemnation case in Idaho regarding alleged loss of cash flow stemming from condemnation disruption, the sale of a limited service hotel brand to another holding company resulting in material cash-flow losses, weakened brand standards, marketing dilution and reservation disruptions, all negatively affecting the retained licensee, defense matter alleging financial damages relating to the acquisition of a chain-affiliated hotel in Charlotte, fraud and an embezzlement case in MD involving mismanagement and co-mingling of partnership funds of two hotels, including a condo development, defense case regarding alleged cash flow-losses associated with remediation efforts related to EIFS repairs for a 6-hotel, multi-state chain-affiliated portfolio.

Colbert customarily works with a diversified team of attorney-client retained experts on large, complex matters such as drownings, fires, shootings and carbon monoxide poisoning. He routinely assists retaining counsel in preparing affidavits, disclosures/designations, responding to complaints, preparing retaining attorney for depositions, mediation, discovery requests, mock trial exercises, and assisting retaining counsel as a consulting expert for various assault matters. Colbert has testified in state and federal courts, zoning authorities in NY, NJ and CA, and the Baltimore Police Commission focusing on hotel operations, management agreements, alleged evictions, personal injury matters and assaults.

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.

Other areas of expertise include: Hotel financing and hotel development matters, third party vendor agreements, food & beverage leases with hotel owners, and hotel reporting standards and practices.

Colbert was formerly the CEO and President of a 149-unit, Delray Beach, Florida condominium complex, which operation is similar to that of a 300-unit hotel. Responsibilities as Board President included reporting to the Board activities related to the supervision of the general manager, employees, working closely with retained outside counsel on procedural matters and meeting local, state and federal statutes and codes. Colbert successfully defended the Association against a fraudulent HUD discrimination claim. The condominium complex encompassed 275 parking spaces, monitored security, recreational facilities, including large out door pool, large Patio with seating and outdoor grills, boat slips accommodating 20 boats of up to a 54-foot vessel, all situated along 1,900 liner feet of seawall facing the Intracoastal Waterway.

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


Areas of Expertise
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Franchising
  • Hotel & Hospitality
  • Hotel Security
  • Marketing
  • Property Management
  • Real Estate Finance
  • 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, Educational Institute, CHA, CHIA Certifications, all current
California Real Estate License, current through 2024
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 Marketing and Financing
Numerous Speaking Engagements on hotel 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 associated with drowning, fire, electrocution, carbon monoxide matters, fraud, misrepresentation, assault, sexual assault cases from negligent retention without criminal or background checks, hotel acquisition/diligence practices, and third party concession/vendor agreements.
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: Approximately 50%
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: Approximately 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: 2019
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: Approximately 12
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: Assistance in preparing document/discovery requests and evaluating same; reviewing interrogatory responses; conducting site inspections, 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

References upon request.