Doug Stevens, special counsel in the litigation practice, has been asked to be a guest speaker for Colorado State University’s Insight into the Adventure Tourism Industry class. The course is part of the University’s new Graduate Certificate in Adventure Tourism program.
The program, which launched in January, features an intensive curriculum covering all aspects of the outdoor recreation and adventure tourism business and on key areas of knowledge for successful entrepreneurship and advancement within the adventure tourism industry.
Stevens was asked to speak to the class because of his significant experience advising outdoor recreation providers on various aspects of their legal needs. Stevens has been representing companies in the sector for nearly 15 years.
His presentation to the class will cover a case study involving a lawsuit that Stevens defended for an adventure travel company several years ago. His goal will be to impart important legal and risk management lessons based on the accident that was the impetus for this lawsuit.
“As I understand it, many of these students have been involved with the outdoor and adventure tourism business in one way or another, and are now transitioning into leadership positions in the industry,” Stevens said.
“It’s important for these current and future leaders to have a good foundation and knowledge of the issues that face the industry,” he added.
In his practice, Stevens frequently prepares documents for his clients including acknowledgment of risks and liability releases, vendor and service agreements, staff manuals, and customer registration materials. He also assists recreation providers with their risk management and litigation needs, including accident response, insurance claims, appropriate written and verbal communications, and Fair Labor Standards Act compliance. He regularly lectures to industry professionals and experiential educators about various risk management issues, including at the most recent Wilderness Risk Management Conference in Maine.