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Barry K Shuster

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Adjunct Instructor- Hospitality and Tourism
(919) 530-6458
224 Student Health Building


Adjunct Instructor of Hospitality Law & Ethics


Barry K. Shuster is an attorney-bioethicist and editor focused on the food and healthcare industries. Barry earned his baccalaureate at UC-Davis and his MBA from Pepperdine University. He earned his law degree at NCCU in 1999 while serving as a vice-president of marketing and communications at Divers Alert Network (DAN), an international medical research and safety organization affiliated with Duke University Health System. During his tenure, the organization grew from $4.5 to 14 million in consolidated revenues. In 1997, he received national recognition from the American Society of Association Executives for a member-acquisition program he developed at DAN. He has also received regional recognition from the International Association of Business Communicators for writing.

Barry is admitted to all North Carolina state and U.S. District courts and the U.S. Supreme Court bar, and is a certified superior court mediator (NC Dispute Resolution Commission) and court-appointed arbitrator (Wake County, NC). He has represented numerous publicly and privately held businesses and nonprofit organizations, in formation, transactions and litigation, and has appeared before state and federal courts.

Barry believes that promoting and supporting startup businesses is critical to economic development and social advancement in the U.S. In 2003, Barry became founding editor and an investment partner of Restaurant Startup & Growth, a national management education magazine for independent and emerging-chain owners and managers in the $600 billion U.S. restaurant industry. He is co-editor of the National Restaurant Association's Uniform System of Accounts for Restaurants, the standard accounting manual for the industry. He is also a past contributor and reviewer of the North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association Law Review.

Barry is also passionate about clinical and human subject research ethics. He holds a Master of Science, Bioethics from Union Graduate College-Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He also completed a two-year clinical ethics internship in the Department of Social Medicine at University of North Carolina Health Care System. He serves on the hospital ethics committee at WakeMed Health System in Raleigh, NC. He also serves DAN as a member of its medical research IRB. In 2014, he joined the IRB of Copernicus in the Research Triangle.

He has faculty appointments at NCCU, East Carolina University and Fayetteville State University. His interests include recreational league tennis, fitness, and music. He enjoys the water, and is a former PADI scuba instructor and current BSA/Red Cross lifeguard.


MS Union College 2013
JD North Carolina Central University 1999
MBA Pepperdine University 1993
BA University of California, Davis 1980

Selected Publications

1. Shuster, B. K. (2014). Frankly Speaking: Talking Points When Counseling Clients on Completing North Carolina Advance Directives. Prognosis, 30, 8-11.
2. Shuster, B. K. (2007, April/May). A Food Safety Emergency Contingency Plan. Restaurant Startup & Growth, 4.
3. Shuster, B. (2005). Proper Training and a ‘Culture of Care’: They Can Protect Your Business, Your Customers and the Public When You Serve Alcoholic Beverages . North Carolina Restaurant News, July/August 2005.
4. Shuster, B. (2004). Managing on the Firing Line: Ways to Avoid Liability When Terminating an Employment Relationship: . North Carolina Restaurant News, July/August 2005.
5. Shuster, B. (2002). The Good Samaritan Laws Help Ensure That Good Deeds Go Unpunished. Alert Diver.
6. Vann, R. D., & Gerth, W. A., & Denoble, P. J., & Shuster, B. (1995). Project Dive Safety: An Overview. Undersea and Hyperb Med. 1995; 22 (suppl).
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