Stephen Barth

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Stephen Barth
BornAugust 27, 1956
EducationTexas Tech University (BA, MA, JD)
OccupationAmerican Lawyer, Professor, Author, Speaker and Founder of
ChildrenAlixandre Barth-Brossette

Stephen Barth is an American lawyer, professor, author, keynote speaker and entrepreneur. He is a professor of leadership and hospitality law at the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management at the University of Houston. He is also the co-author of Hospitality Law 5th Edition and Restaurant Law Basics. He is a distinguished speaker and the founder of, the annual Hospitality Law Conference, and the Global Travel Risk Management Summit Series. His hospitality interest combined with his legal experience have made him a pioneer in the hospitality industry, where he focuses on making hospitality law a specialty area of the law.[1]




After working in the hospitality industry to implement his education and post-graduate life, Barth attended law school and was licensed by the State Bar of Texas. He is also a founding member of the Hospitality Industry Bar Association. Barth's articles on legal issues are regularly published in a variety of leading hospitality publications.[2] Barth assisted in developing the Safety and Security Seminar and the Responsible Service of Alcohol program for the National Restaurant Association.[1]


Barth's twenty-eight year career at the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management, University of Houston, focuses on researching and teaching hospitality law and leadership. Previously, he taught Legal Aspects of Hospitality Management at Texas Tech University. As an award winning professor, Barth researches and teaches many topics involving hospitality law and leadership. In addition to his University of Houston teaching accomplishments, he was also selected as an instructor by the Educational Institute of the American Hotel and Lodging Association to teach its Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE) program.[3]

Hospitality industry[edit]

Barth spent over twenty years working, managing, owning, and consulting in the restaurant and night club industries.[edit]

In 2000, further pursuing his career in hospitality law, Barth founded, an online resource for the hospitality industry's legal, safety, and security solutions.[buzzword] hosts two industry conferences, The Global Travel Risk Summit series, an intensive educational conference surrounding a business's "Duty of Care" to mobile employees, and The Hospitality Law Conference,[4] each year in Houston, Texas both of which serve as an intellectual convergence of hospitality and travel professionals.[5][6][7]

Professional speaker[edit]

Barth's presentations focus on topics including emotional intelligence, emotionally intelligent leadership, positive leadership techniques, and methods for preventing liability in the hospitality industry and other customer service centered businesses (such as health care, sales organizations, corporate associations and more). He was a keynote speaker for the World Association of Chef's Societies [8] and the 2012 Best Western Business Travel Forum.[9] Stephen has also developed numerous other presentations concerning success in the workplace and emotional competency, including Emotionally Intelligent Leadership, 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, and Legal Updates for Lodging, Restaurant and Club Operations.[1][5][10]



  • Hospitality Law: Managing Legal Issues in the Hospitality Industry. 5th Ed. (John Wiley & Sons, 2017).
  • Restaurant Law Basics: Wiley Restaurant Basics Series (John Wiley & Sons, 2001).


  • Barth, Stephen. "5 reasons food employees leave hotels." Hotel News Now. (Web.) September 27, 2018.
  • Barth, Stephen. "The Emotionally Intelligent Leader." The Publican, (Summer 2018). May 2018. Print.
  • Barth, Stephen and Paige Tidwell. "Two sides of the hotel security equation." Hotel News Now. (Web.) April 20, 2018.
  • Barth, Stephen. "Food-and-beverage legal compliance worth the time, money" Hotel Management. (Web.) April 27, 2017.
  • Barth, Stephen. "Reasonable care reduces labor, transaction issues" Hotel Management. September 2015. Print
  • Barth, Stephen. "Compliance, common sense help ensure guest safety" Hotel Management. August 2015: 14. Print
  • Barth, Stephen. "Mutually Beneficial Meeting Contract Clauses",(Web.)July 1, 2014.
  • Barth, Stephen. "Food Safety and Sanitation", (Web.) March 26, 2014.
  • "Alcohol Accountability, Responsible Service Must be a Cultural Element." NightClub&Bar, July 2009, (pg 39)
  • "Defining Hospitality Entities in Contracts and Statutes: A Proactive and Preventative Approach," Golden Gate University Law Review, Volume 33, No. 2, Spring 2003. Co-authored with Andrea Bastian.
  • "The Impact of 9/11 on the Hospitality Industry." Praxis – The Journal of Applied Hospitality Management, volume 6, number 1, (Spring 2003), 30-45. Co-authored with San San Lee.
  • "How Private Is Private?" Club Management Magazine, (Vol. 82, No.2; April 2003), 18, 22.
  • Barth, Stephen and San San Lee. "Threats of Terrorism: Practical Implications for Day-to-Day Hospitality Operations." Probate and Property - A publication of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the American Bar Association, (Volume 16, Number 5, September/October 2002), 43-48.
  • Barth, Stephen. "Eliciting Feedback on Your Teaching." Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Education, (Volume 12, Number 1, 2000), 19-20.
  • Barth, Stephen, and Nancy L. DeLeon, J.D. "The Dynamics of Sexual Harassment: Prevention Techniques." Praxis – The Journal of Applied Hospitality Management, volume 1, number 2, (Fall 1998/Winter 1999), 118-135.
  • Barth, Stephen. "Third-Party Harassment: Expanding the Scope of Sexual Harassment." Hospitality and Tourism Educator, volume 7, number 2, (Spring 1995), 5-6.

Referenced in the following articles[edit]

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  • Ryckaert, Vic "Mom takes on Colts' stadium vendor over beer sales, daughter's death

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Awards and honors[12][edit]

  • Career Teaching Excellence Award, Conrad N. Hilton College, University of Houston, 2018
  • Twitter Feed included in Top Hospitality Leaders to Follow on Twitter, Capterra Hotel Management Blog, 2016
  • 2014 Groundbreakers,, 2014
  • "HVS" Research Award, Conrad N. Hilton College, University of Houston, 2009
  • Outstanding Teacher Award, Conrad N. Hilton College, University of Houston, 2007
  • Distance Education Award, Conrad N. Hilton College, University of Houston, 2000
  • Teaching Excellence Award, Conrad N. Hilton College, University of Houston, 1998
  • Honorary Member of Eta Sigma Delta, International Hospitality Management Society
  • State Bar College of Texas, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996
  • Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence, Conrad N. Hilton College, University of Houston, 1996
  • Advisory Committee to the National Restaurant Association on Responsible Service of Alcohol, 1994, 1995
  • Outstanding Faculty Award, Conrad N. Hilton College, University of Houston, 1995
  • Certified as an Attorney-Mediator, granted in 1995
  • Honorary member of Golden Key National Honor Society, 1994
  • Advisory Committee to the National Restaurant Association on Crisis Management, 1994
  • Advisory Committee to the National Restaurant Association on Safety and Security, 1992


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  2. ^ "HOSPITALITY LAW: Know what to expect in a personal injury case".
  3. ^ "Stephen Barth- EMCEE". Retrieved 15 June 2012.
  4. ^ "Management deals hot topic at Law Conf".
  5. ^ a b, Hospitality Lawyer Website.
  6. ^ "Global Congress 2012 Brochure" (PDF).
  7. ^ "Hospitality Law Conference". Retrieved 15 June 2012.
  8. ^ "Wacs congress 2012 Daejeon Key Note Speaker, Stephen Barth".
  9. ^ "2012 Best Western Business Travel Forum".
  10. ^ "Best Practices". Hotel Business Review.
  11. ^ "Stephen Barth- University of Houston" (PDF).
  12. ^ "Stephen Barth- University of Houston" (PDF). Retrieved 15 June 2012.