Social Host Liability

Anthony Holman will discuss the past and present status of social host liability in Ohio, discussing the evolution of applicable negligence law.  The format will likely revolve around a hypothetical party that spirals out of control and dissects the potential liability that each person faces.

The topics covered will include:

  1. Discussing earlier case law (i.e., Wery, Settlemyer, Mitseff) that applied negligence law to parental liability
  2. Covering the elements of negligence law, beginning with duty and breach / negligence per se liability, and summarizing the facts and most commonly used statutes to effectuate such a result, such as:
    1. The law as outlined in Mitseff v. Wheeler, R.C. §§ 2919.24 and 4301.69, and its progeny
    2. Reviewing the nature of strict liability statutes as a precursor to liability
    3. Understanding “class of people” statute is designed to protect and “class of risk” the statute seeks to guard against
    4. What it means to “furnish” another with alcohol, and examining the role of the kid with the fake id
    5. Discussing the effect of duty chosen on insurance coverage
  3. Examining foreseeability and proximate cause of harm once duty is established
  4. Extending liability to adult guests who cause damages as a result of their intoxication
  5. OJI sections for crafting jury instructions
  6. Outlining possible legislative changes moving forward
6 part video, duration of 01:00:36.
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Anthony B. Holman

Anthony B. Holman

Practice Areas

Business Law
Civil Litigation
Civil Rights
Employment Law
Estate Planning
Insurance Law
Personal Injury
Probate Law


Indian Hill High School, 2000

Bachelor of Science Business Administration, Miami University, 2004 – double-major in Human Resources and Decision Sciences

Juris Doctor, University of Dayton, 2008

Bar Admissions

State of Ohio, 2008


Anthony joined Phillips Law Firm in 2012. Prior to joining the firm, he practiced as a civil litigator at White, Getgey & Meyer. Anthony actively participates in every facet of the litigation process, having tried multiple cases, and has appeared in courts throughout Ohio.  His experience extends to both trial and appellate practice.

While attending law school, Anthony served as a legal extern to Judge John Kessler and Judge Mary Wiseman. He also clerked for two years at the Cincinnati law firm Mezibov & Jenkins.


Ohio State Bar Association
Cincinnati Bar Association
Warren County Bar Association


Anthony is a lifelong Cincinnati resident.  After graduating from Indian Hill High School, he was accepted into Miami University’s Honors Program where he remained a four year member. He was privileged to enroll at the University of Dayton School of Law on scholarship, where he both competed on and coached the Moot Court Team. 

Anthony lives with his wife, Carolyn, and two children in Mason. They are members of St. Susanna Church in Mason and are active in their community. Anthony enjoys golf, tennis, and running, having trained for multiple marathons with Team in Training – the world’s largest endurance sports training program. His community service involvement includes marathon coaching and training, as well as advising local high school and collegiate mock trial teams.