Mr. Barth

Stephen Barth


Stephen Barth, author of Hospitality Law and coauthor of Restaurant Law Basics, is an attorney, the founder of, the annual Hospitality Law Conference series, and the Global Congress on Legal, Safety, and Security Solutions in Travel. As a professor at the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management at the University of Houston, he teaches courses in hospitality law and leadership. He has over twenty years of experience in hospitality operations, including line positions, management, and ownership.

Professor Barth is a founding member of the Hospitality Industry Bar Association. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas. He is also a mediator and a strong proponent for alternative dispute resolution.

In addition to being a resource for travel and hospitality press, Professor Barth and his work have been quoted in the New York Times, USAToday, and the Houston Business Journal among others.

Professor Barth’s articles on legal and leadership issues have appeared in Lodging Hospitality, Hotel and Motel Management, CHEERS, NightClub and Bar, and He speaks regularly on many issues for the travel, lodging, restaurant, club, and health care industries.

His presentations focus on emotional intelligence, social intelligence, positive leadership techniques, and methods for preventing liability in the hospitality industry. He assisted the National Restaurant Association in developing its Safety and Security Seminar and its Responsible Service of Alcohol program. Other presentations developed by Stephen include STEM the Tide of Litigation, Positive Leadership for Positive Performance, A Model for Reducing Worker’s Compensation Costs for the Hospitality Industry, Enhancing Your Presentation Effectiveness, Managing Your Emotional Energy, and Legal Updates for Lodging, Restaurant and Club Operations.

Professor Barth earned his Law degree, Master of Arts in Communications, and a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in Economics from Texas Tech University. In 1995 he was recognized by the City of Houston for his accomplishments as a faculty member at the University of Houston, and in 1996 he received the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence at the Conrad N. Hilton College, University of Houston. In 1998 Professor Barth was awarded the University Teaching Excellence Award, the highest recognition of teaching bestowed by the University of Houston. In 2000 he received the University of Houston’s Distance Education Award. In 2001 he launched, and in 2002 he initiated the annual Hospitality Law Conference series. In 2003 Professor Barth created the Electronic Journal of Hospitality Legal, Safety, and Security Research. In 2007 he was the recipient of the Hilton College Outstanding Teacher award. In 2009, he received the Hilton College “HVS” Research Award. In 2011 he launched the Global Congress on Legal, Safety, and Security Solutions in Travel.

Mr. Barth can be contacted at 713-963-8800 or

Coming Up In The December Online Hotel Business Review

Feature Focus
Hotel Law: Legal Issues Looming Large in 2015
In an industry where people are on-property 24/7/365, the possibilities are endless for legal issues to arise stemming from hotel guest concerns. And given the sheer enormity of the international hotel industry, issues pertaining to business, franchise, investment and real estate law are equally immense. Finally, given the huge numbers of diverse people who are employed in the hospitality industry, whether in hotel operations or food and beverage, legal issues pertaining to labor, union, immigration and employment law are also significant and substantial. The expertise of all kinds of specialists and practitioners is required to administer the legal issues within the hotel industry, and though the subject areas are vast and varied, there are numerous issues which will be in the forefront in 2015 and beyond. One issue that is gaining traction is how hotels are dealing with the use of marijuana by employees, given its ever-changing legal status. The use of marijuana is now legal in 21 states and the District of Columbia for certain medical conditions. Two other states, Colorado and Washington, have legalized recreational marijuana use for individuals who are 21 years old or older, and Alaska and Oregon currently have similar legislation pending. Most state laws legalizing marijuana do not address the employment issues implicated by these statutes. Therefore, it is incumbent on all hotel operators to be aware of the laws in their states and to adjust their employment policies accordingly regarding marijuana use by their employees. Other issues that are currently looming large pertain to guest identity theft by hotel employees and the legal liabilities which ensue; issues of property surveillance versus a guest’s right to privacy; and immigration reform could also be a major compliance issue. The December issue of Hotel Business Review will examine some of the more critical issues involving hotel law and how some managers are addressing them in their operations.