About Liz Trendowski & Dram Shop Forensics

Liz Trendowski: Dram Shop Forensics • Liquor Liability Expert • Bar Operations & Security Expert

Elizabeth Trendowski-Dram Shop-Liquor Liability Expert
Elizabeth Trendowski has been working in the liquor and hospitality industry for 25 years. She has been a restaurant manager, CEO of a wine and spirits wholesale operation, a liquor permittee (holder) of both state and federal licenses, and a leader in her field. Liz has personally trained more than 23,000 servers in responsible serving practices.

She was the Founder and President of SMART Programs, a national certification program for the responsible service of alcohol, and one of only three independent TIPS Master Trainers in the United States. She was the Executive Director of the Connecticut Licensed Beverage Association and served on the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Restaurant Association. She was the President of the Connecticut Hospitality Educational Foundation. She also founded SMART bartending schools (13 of them), which was a certification program teaching professional mixology.

Until recently, Liz Trendowski was an Adjunct Professor at the University of New Haven’s School of Business teaching bar and beverage management. She has taught in private, academic, and military settings and was the restaurant and nightclub trainer for the U.S. Navy Moral, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) department in the U.S. and abroad.

Education & CertificationsExperienceBoards & Affiliations

B.S. Biology, B.A. Education, University Rhode Island
MBA Program
Borkenstein Institute for Alcohol studies

Master Trainer:
TIPS & SMART Programs


•  TIPS (Training for Intervention Procedures)
•  SMART (Servers & Managers Alcohol Responsibility Training)
•  TAM  (Techniques of Alcohol Management)
•  SERVSAFE (National Restaurant Assn. Alcohol Training)
•  FL RESPONSIBLE VENDOR (Florida Responsible Vendor Training)

President/CEO, Dram Shop Forensics: May 2014 – Present

RFI: December 2007 – May 2014
Dram Shop / Liquor Liability Expert: Forensic expert analyzing liquor liability, bar operations and bar security causes of actions.

Co-Founder C.L.A.S.S.I: August 2012 – January 2014
Certified Legal Alcohol Security System International

Toastmasters: 2007 – 2014

President/CEO, SMART Programs: October 1999 – October 2008
Founder and Master Trainer of a national safe alcohol server alcohol certification program

President, Servers and Managers Alcohol Responsibility Training Program

President, CHEF: January 2005 – June 2007
Connecticut Hospitality Educational Foundation

Board Memberships and Affiliations:

Vice President Membership, Toastmasters International