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Alcohol Law 2020


Speaker(s): Alicia H. Cronbach, Bahaneh Hobel, Erin Kelleher, Judith Schvimmer, Laura Altieri, Marc Sorini, Rebecca Stamey-White, Steve Humphress, Teri Quimby, Tiffanie De Liberty
Recorded on: Sep. 18, 2020
PLI Program #: 278870

 A Sonoma County native, Alicia 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 integration of Calera and Kosta Browne.  Alicia founded Cronbach Law Group PC in May 2019 to focus on project based alcohol regulatory work, including steering wineries, law firms and brokers through the complex maze of winery transactions and integration.  Alicia is also adjunct faculty at Sonoma State University’s School of Business and Economics and Napa Valley College, teaching wine law, regulation and public policy for Sonoma State’s Professional and Executive MBA programs and winery recordkeeping and compliance at NVC.


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. 


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.


Marc E. Sorini concentrates on issues facing the alcohol beverage industry, with a particular focus on the supplier tier and non-beverage alcohol users. Additionally, he focuses on the legal cannabis industry to provide clients with regulatory and investment guidance in the ever-growing, rapidly-evolving industry.


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.


Teri L. Quimby is an accomplished attorney who understands diverse perspectives and focuses on detail.   Her mediator’s approach engages others to arrive at actional, positive solutions. Sought after for her creativity and innovation, she thrives on applying laws to situational facts in a manner that helps people and organizations meet their goals. Teri has a proven record of moving agendas forward while continuously improving process. She is a savvy, consummate professional handling information with discretion and care.

Appointed by the Governor of Michigan, Teri served as a Commissioner of the Michigan Liquor Control Commission. She frequently chaired the almost daily public meetings to vote on Commission decisions such as licensing applications, hearings and appeals—over 200 annually, declaratory rulings, rulemaking, and the wholesaling of spirit products. She assisted in transforming and streamlining business practices of the Commission, helping to create an up-to-date, efficient, and constituent-focused organization. As a result of her leadership and teamwork, the MLCC received international recognition in 2016 with the Process Excellence Network Award for a Commission-initiated, staff-driven project shortening licensing processing time by 64%.

Previously, Teri served as Deputy Director & Senior Legal Counsel of the House Majority Policy Office of the Michigan House of Representatives. She progressed through roles in various regulatory policy areas with increasing responsibility and changes of title. During her tenure, she drafted legislation and facilitated consensus with interest groups and others to drive good public policy formation. She blended relationship-based and knowledge-based approaches to advise more than 50 caucus members on environmental policy, commerce, economic development initiatives, and public utility issues. 

Teri earned a JD from Western Michigan University-Cooley Law School, received a BA from James Madison College at Michigan State University, and is admitted to the Michigan and Illinois Bars. She holds certifications for general civil, domestic relations and special education mediation—as well as several regulatory certificates concerning public utilities and the environment. She frequently receives requests to speak on national and regional panels, and guest lectures at institutions of higher education. Teri has served in elected and appointed positions on boards of directors—including the Michigan Utility Consumer Participation Board, the National Conference of State Liquor Administrators and the Delta Charter Township Board of Trustees.

In 2017, she was listed among Crain’s Business Detroit’s “Notable Women Lawyers in Michigan” and also received the Best Practices Award from the National Association of Licensing and Compliance Professionals.


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 is Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary at Left Coast Ventures, Inc., the parent company of a collection of vertically integrated companies in the California cannabis and U.S. hemp CBD spaces.

She joined the company after a stint as General Counsel at Lagunitas Brewing Company, the Heineken-owned craft brewery, where she was instrumental in bringing to market the first U.S. cannabis product to be sold under a global brand name. For Judith, beer begat cannabis, and wine begat beer, with her first seven years as an in-house lawyer spent acquiring vineyards, advising wineries, and trying to talk her way into foot-stomping parties as legal counsel for Sonoma County wine company Jackson Family Wines. Before this twisting path of vice, her legal career occurred in six-minute increments as a Big Law Intellectual Property attorney in San Francisco.      

Judith handles all aspects of corporate and cannabis law, and she enjoys waking up every day to see how the law has changed again in this nascent industry while she slept.

Before watching three seasons of “Ally McBeal” in one weekend, signing up for the LSAT on a lark, and moving to NYC in a Honda CRX packed with books, Judith was a PhD candidate in English Literature and Women’s Studies in Boston. She has a seven year old daughter who thinks mommy’s company makes green tea and who recently rated her reluctant distance-learning teacher as “One Star; Does Not Recommend,” as well as an ever-growing menagerie of ill-behaved pets.

 

 


Stephen B. Humphress is currently an Assistant Attorney General at the Kentucky Office of Attorney General. He began working as an attorney at the Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) in 2001 and now has seventeen (19) years’ experience as a state government attorney. Humphress was appointed by both Republican and Democrat Kentucky Governors to serve as the ABC’s General Counsel for twelve (12) non-consecutive years. He 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. He has drafted several comprehensive bills modernizing Kentucky’s alcoholic beverage laws that the legislature enacted into law with bipartisan support. 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. In 2017, he recently received the Governor’s first Red Tape Reduction Award for eliminating over fifty percent (50%) of outdated and unneeded ABC regulations.

Humphress is a nationally sought speaker on alcoholic beverage law issues and has been a frequent speaker at National Alcohol Beverage Control Association’s (“NABCA”) national legal symposium; National Conference of State Liquor Association’s (“NCSLA”) national and regional conferences; Continuing Legal Education (CLE) International’s Wine, Beer & Spirits Law annual conferences, Practicing Law Institute’s (PLI) Alcohol Law program, and the Kentucky Bar Association’s (“KBA”) annual conferences. He is also an NCSLA officer.

Humphress is admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court, United States Sixth Circuit; United States District Courts in Kentucky, and the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Humphress has sixteen (16) published Federal and state court opinions as counsel of record.