Dr. Keith Barron
Dep't Phone 941-359-4774
Office Location: Suite A313
Mail point: SMC-A319
Courses for Fall 2012
HFT 3603 - Law & Security for the Hospitality Industry
HFT 4945 - Advanced Internship
HFT 3003 - Introduction to Hospitality & Tourism
Keith A. Barron, J.D., Esq., is a graduate of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, New York University’s Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism and Sports Management, The Culinary Institute of America, and is a member in good standing of the New York State Bar. Mr. Barron has been an adjunct instructor at the University of South Florida’s School of Hotel and Restaurant Management since January of 2008.
Mr. Barron has many years of hospitality industry related experience. He helped design the kitchen for a 120-seat New York City Sutton Place restaurant and orchestrated the back of the house construction phase through opening. He was the owner of a Hospitality Management Company that operated an exclusive private club located on the banks of the Hudson River in New York City. The facility included a full-service restaurant with seasonal riverside dining, high volume catering, tennis, squash, platform tennis, and a swimming pool. He oversaw extensive construction and renovation projects, negotiated all contracts with vendors, contractors, purveyors and service providers, interviewed, hired, and trained staff, implemented performance evaluations, and resolved problems.
Mr. Barron is a former prosecutor from the Kings County District Attorney’s Office. He prosecuted crime in the borough of Brooklyn, Trial Bureau V - “Orange Zone.” He oversaw and conducted extensive investigations while preparing cases for trial, many of which obtained top count convictions. He worked closely with detectives and police officers from the NYPD on a case by case basis. Mr. Barron was an adjunct instructor at New York University’s Center for Law, Finance and Taxation where he taught legal writing & research, and Westlaw training for a paralegal degree program affiliated with New York University School of Law.
Having completed his tenure as an Assistant District Attorney, Mr. Barron entered private practice where he handled complex civil cases. Representing corporations, restaurants and other food-related establishments in New York City through the Restaurant Insurance Group and the Risk Management Prevention Group, he litigated all cases by preparing for trial, and frequently obtained favorable settlements for clients by employing tough negotiating strategies at mediation. He also handled felony and misdemeanor criminal defense matters, obtaining favorable plea deals after extensive discussion and negotiation with the District Attorney’s Office.
Mr. Barron teaches Hospitality Law and Introduction to Hospitality to undergraduate students seeking a Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality Administration. The minimization of litigation is stressed through a preventative approach on how to limit liability while operating a hospitality business. The Introductory course focuses on the broad umbrella that is the Hospitality Industry. Mr. Barron is very enthusiastic about his students and looks forward to making a positive contribution to each student’s educational experience.