Erik Beard is counsel in the Wiggin and Dana’s Litigation Department with a practice focused on product liability, amusement / leisure counseling and litigation and general business litigation. He has represented and advised amusement parks, aquatic facilities, trade associations and industry suppliers with respect to the Americans With Disabilities Act, amusement ride and aquatic safety matters, drowning investigation and in legislative and regulatory matters before the Connecticut Department of Public Safety. Having spent several years working for two of the largest amusement park operators in the world, Cedar Fair Entertainment Company and Universal Orlando, he has a unique hands-on, high-level day-to-day operating experience in this industry and is a frequent speaker at amusement industry events and trade shows. Beard serves on the Board of Directors of the New England Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions and on the Government Relations Committee of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions. Beard independently authors “The Legal Roller Coaster,” a blog specifically devoted to legal issues affecting the amusement and tourism industries (www.legalrollercoaster.com).