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Howard Cannon Bio

Howard Cannon’s distinguished career in the restaurant industry began more than 40 years ago in 1978, and since then he has become one of the most sought-after forensic experts with an impressive 300+ cases and several hundred pre-litigation matters. From judges to juries, personal injury lawyers across America have called on his unbiased expertise when their client’s well-being is at risk due to incidents occurring inside a restaurant or bar. His reputed testimony makes him a valuable asset both in courtrooms as well as behind closed doors for defense lawyers.

Mr. Cannon has appeared regularly in both state and federal courts, offering his expertise as a restaurant expert witness to assist the parties involved in legal cases. He has worked on cases of all sizes, ranging from small claims issues to high-level lawsuits involving serious injuries or fatalities. He is well-versed in the duties and responsibilities of both servers and owners, as well as the importance of upholding safety regulations. As an expert witness, he is respected for his comprehensive knowledge of the restaurant industry, his attention to detail, and his fair assessment of cases.

In addition to providing restaurant expert witness services, Mr. Cannon has also been involved in many complex forensic investigations involving restaurants and bars. He is highly experienced at analyzing incident scenes for evidence and determining cause-and-effect relationships related to accidents or other incidents occurring on the premises

Mr. Cannon’s experience has made him particularly adept at identifying issues within a food service establishment that can lead to potential liability or negligence cases. Furthermore, Mr. Cannon is a sought-after consultant on matters related to restaurant safety and risk management. He offers his expertise as both an investigator and witness in restaurant liability cases, often giving critical testimony that can make all the difference in the outcome of a case.

Howard Cannon is a renowned expert in the restaurant industry, having authored multiple successful books and been featured on major national television shows such as The Dr. Oz Show, Live with Anderson Cooper, Hotel Impossible, Travel Channel, CBS, and Fox. His extensive background in the restaurateur industry is evidenced by publications of several books (The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Starting Your Own Restaurant©(2001) & The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Starting a Restaurant ©—second edition (2005)) available across dozens of countries around the world. Mr. Cannon has given many seminars throughout his career as well as been published by numerous newspapers and magazines across the globe; all of which have contributed to making him an authoritative presence for everything related to restaurants.

Howard is the CEO of Restaurant Operations Institute, Inc., as well as several other prominent restaurant brands, including Restaurant Expert Witness.

Restaurant Consultant & Expert Witness Specialties & Experience

General Specialties: Restaurant, Bar, and Food Service Industry
Specialty Focus Areas:

  • Slip, Trip & Fall
  • OSHA
  • Restaurant Safety Expert
  • Restaurant Litigation Support
  • Dram Shop & Alcohol Services
  • Food Safety Expert
  • Hospitality Expert Witness
  • Food Contamination
  • Premises Liability
  • Restaurant Business
  • Employment
  • Security
  • Operations
  • Standards
  • Failure Analysis
  • And more!


University of Wisconsin system; Master’s in Business Administration, Hamilton University; B.S., Business Administration, Hamilton University

Years in Practice


Number of Times Deposed/Testified


Profession Certifications, Seminars & Memberships

  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration Act – Federal Certification # 2301944
  • American College of Forensic Examiners – member
  • Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points Manager Certification (HACCP)
  • The National Environmental Health Association Certification
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration Act – Federal Certification with 29 CFR 1910 OSHA
    • Inspections, Citations, and Penalties OSHA
    • Walking and Working Surfaces OSHA
    • Means of Egress and Fire Protection OSHA
    • Flammable and Combustible Liquids OSHA
    • Fire Prevention and Protection OSHA
    • Machine Guarding and Material Handling OSHA
    • Hazard Communication OSHA
    • Industrial Hygiene and Blood-borne Pathogens OSHA
    • Health and Safety Programs
  • Professional Commercial Mediation and Conflict Resolution Certification
  • Washington State University Hotel Restaurant Division seminars
  • Anthony Robbins – Awaken the Giant from Within
  • Dale Carnegie
    • How to Win Friends and Influence People
    • Leadership and Communication
  • ServSafe and Food Safety Training TIPS On-premise Alcohol Training 2.0
  • National Restaurant Association Member

Expert Witness Services – Additional Information

More about Restaurant Expert Witness – Howard Cannon:

Howard Cannon has been a force in the restaurant industry since 1978, when he began his career by washing dishes at an eatery in Boaz, Wisconsin. Over the years he’s held nearly every possible role – from dishwasher to CEO – and achieved international renown for it. His books have appeared on shelves spanning 76 countries while articles penned by him can be found everywhere; media appearances and speeches delivered offer further testament that his expertise is sought after worldwide. He’s had exposure working with established chains as well renowned independents alike throughout decades of experience across numerous markets globally. It comes as no surprise then that today Mr. Cannon stands tall among peers universally recognized as one of modern dining’s foremost experts!

He is the CEO of Restaurant Operations Institute, Inc., as well as several other highly-prominent restaurant brands, including, Restaurant Expert Witness.  Since Howard’s humble beginnings in 1978, he has completed projects of all types and sizes, in concepts ranging from fast food to fine dining, for corporate giants and Fortune 500 firms to single-unit independent operators.  He has worked in every state of the United States and in several markets internationally, including, Canada, Mexico, England, France, Asia, the Philippines, Haiti, and others.

Howard has spoken at many restaurant industry events, corporate gatherings, culinary institutes, universities, and high schools across the country and around the world. Through the use of passion, humor, memorable analogies, industry know how, and storytelling, he has created original, engaging and educational content unlike any other.  Consider attending one of Howard Cannon’s Signature Seminars.  His unique and memorable content will help you learn, grow, and feel challenged and inspired.  His “no-holds barred” approach will make your seminar experience inspirational, demanding, memorable, and results oriented.

If you have an interest in getting to know Howard, his company, his brands, and his life’s work in restaurants in greater detail, feel free to contact our corporate office and request a complete and up-to-date bio & CV.  Whether you read one of his books or articles, attend one of his speeches or seminars, or allow him the opportunity to assist you with making your restaurant dream become a reality, you will be inspired; and, he will leave you with a wonderful new perspective on restaurants and the restaurant industry.

If you’re looking for Restaurant, Bar or Hospitality industry expert witness, call:  800.300.5764 to request an updated copy of Howard’s CV.

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