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Alcohol Law 2019


Speaker(s): Alicia H. Cronbach, Bahaneh Hobel, Brandi L Brown , Erin Kelleher, Judith Schvimmer, Laura Altieri, Lindsey Beckett , Melanie Full, Rebecca Stamey-White, Steve Humphress, Tiffanie De Liberty, William Tomaszewski
Recorded on: May. 10, 2019
PLI Program #: 268488

 Alicia Cronbach, a Sonoma County native, began her wine industry career in the hospitality side of the business conducting tours, tastings and blending seminars at Ravenswood winery in Sonoma. After becoming an attorney in 2007, Alicia moved to the Legal Department at Treasury Wine Estates Americas, promoting to Regional General Counsel to the Americas in seven years. In 2017, Alicia joined Duckhorn Wine Company as their first in house lawyer, eventually working as Deputy General Counsel before departing in April 2019 to start her own firm. While in house at Treasury and Duckhorn, Alicia led the regulatory integration of Treasury’s acquisition of the Diageo wine portfolio and Duckhorn’s more recent integrations of Calera and Kosta Browne.  Alicia founded Cronbach Law Group PC in May 2019 to focus on steering wineries, law firms and brokers through the complex maze of winery transactions and integration.


Bahaneh Hobel is a Partner at Dickenson Peatman & Fogarty in Napa and heads the firm’s Alcohol Beverage Law group.  Bahaneh’s practice focuses on all aspects of alcohol beverage law and regulation for wineries, breweries, distilled spirits plants, importers, wholesalers and retailers.  Bahaneh has worked extensively with state and federal alcoholic beverage agencies throughout the U.S, including the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and the Alcohol & Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau.  Bahaneh’s areas of expertise include trade practices (dealing with issues related to, among other things, advertising, sponsorships and special events), festivals, celebrity brands, state and federal labeling regulations and approvals, franchise laws, distribution agreements, winemaker agreements, third party marketing, contests and sweepstakes and direct shipping laws.  Bahaneh received her J.D. in 2001 from the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Richard C. Tallman on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit before commencing her law practice.  Bahaneh is also a member of the Craft Beverage Lawyers Guild.  Bahaneh is co-owner of Hobel Wines, a small winery located in the Napa Valley. 


Bill Tomaszewski has been the General Counsel for Wine.com, Inc. since 2004.  His main focus is working with state agencies on alcohol regulatory matters.  Prior to his employment with Wine.com he served for 20 years with the Jersey City Police Department in various roles.  He is a graduate of Rutgers-Newark School of Law.  Bill is board president for Planet Bee Foundation an environmental education nonprofit educating youth nationwide. He is also on the board of Pacific Rowing Club, a San Francisco nonprofit rowing club for youth.


Brandi Brown is a partner in the firm’s corporate group and is head of the firm’s wine industry group. Her practice focuses on the alcoholic beverage, food and beverage, advertising, and hospitality industries.

Brandi represents clients in complex commercial transactions, particularly in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, leveraged buy-outs, and equity financings. She often acts as outside general corporate counsel to a diverse spectrum of clients, counseling them on ongoing operational issues and strategic ventures. Brandi advises some of the world's most famous wine and spirits brands, guiding them through high-profile brand sponsorship deals, purchases and sales of wineries or brands, the latest issues impacting interactive advertising campaigns, social media and mobile advertising challenges, and privacy issues.

Brandi began her career at Kirkland & Ellis, during which time she spent one year as an exchange attorney in Tokyo, Japan, focusing on cross-border commercial transactions and private equity mergers and acquisitions. Brandi serves on the Board of Directors of Women for Wine Sense, an education and networking organization for wine industry professionals, and provides ongoing pro bono services to entrepreneurs and small business owners in conjunction with the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area on Business Law Basics.

Brandi has been named by Super Lawyers as a “Northern California Rising Star” in the Business/Corporate category and a “Southern California Rising Star” in Corporate Securities.


Erin Kelleher is a partner with Hinman & Carmichael LLP in San Francisco.  She is a seasoned corporate lawyer with a specialty in advising buyers and sellers on transactions involving alcohol beverage and cannabis licensees. Erin works extensively with clients’ outside counsel, providing regulatory advice in concert with clients’ corporate attorneys to inform business practices, relationships and potential transactions. Additionally, Erin has extensive knowledge of the laws related to the sale, distribution and marketing of alcoholic beverages, the federal and state tied-house laws, and deep expertise with the qualification requirements applicable to investors in alcohol beverage licensees. Erin regularly represents clients in regulatory compliance audits and advises on trade practice and licensing matters. Erin has leveraged her transactional and licensing experience for the cannabis industry, providing investors and operators with practical structuring advice and risk analysis in a rapidly changing regulatory environment. Erin has participated as a guest lecturer at Sonoma State University on wine regulatory topics, is an active member of numerous trade associations and provides pro bono legal services to the industry.

 

Erin was previously an associate in the corporate group of Latham & Watkins LLP and Morrison & Foerster LLP. She is licensed to practice in California and New York and is a graduate of Northwestern University School of law.


Laura Altieri is Deputy General Counsel of Del Monte Foods, Inc., a food manufacturer producing products under such brands as Del Monte, Contadina, College Inn and S&W.  She was previously an Assistant General Counsel of E. & J. Gallo Winery, the world’s largest winery, for six years and prior to that worked as a Staff Attorney for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and as an Associate at O’Melveny & Myers. Laura is a double Golden Bear (Cal BA and JD) and has a Masters in International Relations from the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins.  She is Vice Chair of the Alameda County Bar Association- Cannabis Section and has spoken to groups on legal topics ranging from opening a brewery to protecting one’s trademark.


Lindsey Beckett is a member of the Legal and Policy Team at DoorDash, the leading e-commerce platform for food delivery.  As part of her role, she advises internal teams on alcohol compliance and manages DoorDash’s engagement on alcohol policy.  Prior to joining DoorDash, Lindsey worked as a litigation associate at Arnold & Porter and clerked for two federal judges.  Lindsey received a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. from Dartmouth College.


Melanie A. Full is Assistant General Counsel at E. & J. Gallo Winery in California. In her current role, Ms. Full represents the Winery’s Domestic Sales Organization as well as the Popular and Premium Marketing Business Units. This role includes advice and counsel regarding Federal and State liquor laws, negotiation of distribution contracts, and the myriad of legal issues surrounding alcohol marketing. Prior to joining E. & J. Gallo, Ms. Full was a litigation partner at Stinson Leonard Street LLP in Minneapolis, MN where she focused on financial services litigation and complex business disputes.  Ms. Full started her legal career at Paul Hastings LLP in Los Angeles, CA and worked in the art world prior to law school. Ms. Full received her Bachelor of Arts in Art/Art History from Colgate University and her Juris Doctor from Notre Dame University.


Rebecca Stamey-White is a partner with Hinman & Carmichael LLP, a nationally-recognized boutique law firm representing the alcoholic beverage, hospitality and cannabis industries and their service providers. Rebecca helps her clients secure and maintain their required alcohol and cannabis licenses by providing licensing, production, distribution, sales, and marketing counsel and defending clients before alcohol regulatory bodies when their licenses are at risk. She is the practice leader for the firm’s marketing, e-commerce, and cannabis practices. She has a particular interest and experience structuring compliant sponsorships and events, marketing campaigns and promotions, e-commerce platforms, and complex route-to-market licensing strategies.

Prior to Hinman & Carmichael, Rebecca was an associate in the San Francisco litigation group of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where she worked on litigation involving constitutional challenges to state alcohol direct shipping restrictions and provided regulatory advice to California wine industry businesses, among other general litigation matters. Rebecca received her Bachelor of Arts degree in History & International Studies from Northwestern University and her juris doctor from Northwestern University School of Law. 

Rebecca is also professional faculty at Sonoma State University’s School of Business and Economics, teaching Wine Law and Regulatory Issues at the Wine Business Institute. She is also a frequent speaker at industry conferences, law and business schools and continuing legal education programs on the latest legal issues in the alcoholic beverage and cannabis industries.


STEPHEN B HUMPHRESS is the general counsel for the Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC).  Humphress began working as an attorney at the ABC in 2001 and now has seventeen (18) years’ experience as a state government attorney.  Humphress has been appointed by both Republican and Democrat Kentucky Governors to serve as the ABC’s General Counsel, and he has been General Counsel for twelve (12) non-consecutive years. Humphress received his law degree from the University of Louisville, School of Law and was employed in private practice until joining the ABC.

Humphress is Kentucky’s leading authority on his state’s complex alcoholic beverage laws. Because of his unique knowledge, state and local government officials and industry members actively seek his input on Kentucky alcohol law issues. In recent years, Humphress was instrumental in proposing and drafting several comprehensive bills with bipartisan support that modernized and drastically improved Kentucky’s alcoholic beverage laws. Humphress was the primary author of the comprehensive 2012 Governor’s Task Force report on Kentucky alcohol laws and he has written several published articles and reference materials as well. He recently received the Governor’s first Red Tape Reduction Award for eliminating fifty percent (50%) of the ABC’s outdated and unneeded regulations. Humphress is a nationally sought speaker on various alcoholic beverage law issues.


Tiffanie De Liberty joined Constellation Brands in 2016 as vice president, associate general counsel for trade practices, leading the legal team that reviews marketing, advertising, and trade practices for the TBA portfolio. She has developed and implemented alcohol-related training programs, materials and corporate policies and procedures for the company’s marketing and sales functions. De Liberty represents Constellation on various alcohol industry and advertising trade associations.

De Liberty is a 2017 graduate of Constellation’s Executive Development Program, a partnership with Harvard Business School to provide development to senior leaders. She is active as a coach and mentor in Constellation’s Women’s Leadership Development Network, which is designed to help members build a strong network, gain leadership development and be a voice for women in the organization.


Judith Schvimmer is General Counsel at Lagunitas, the funky Petaluma, CA brewery that turned the country on to west coast IPAs and hoppy craft beers and which was recently acquired by the famed Dutch brewing company, Heineken International.  She joined the company after seven years as counsel at family-owned Sonoma, CA wine company Jackson Family Wines.  Her career began, like so many, in the coal mines of Big Law as an Intellectual Property attorney in San Francisco, where she learned that the most interesting clients are alcohol beverage companies.      

Judith handles all aspects of corporate and alcohol beverage law, and she has developed an expertise in cannabis law in order to guide her company through the churning whirlpool that is the legal cannabis regulatory world and marketplace.

Before making the life decision to pay her bills, Judith was a PhD candidate in English Literature and Women’s Studies, a legacy that lives on primarily by giving her pets pretentiously artsy names. She has a six year old daughter who recently summed up her job by saying, “Momma solves problems and makes beer.”