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Alcohol Beverage Law 2021


Speaker(s): Alicia H. Cronbach, Bahaneh Hobel, Erin Kelleher, Jeff Giametta, Marbet Lewis, Marc Sorini, Rania Zayyat, Rebecca Stamey-White, Teri Quimby, Tiffanie De Liberty
Recorded on: May. 7, 2021
PLI Program #: 305908

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.


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.


 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.


Jeff Giametta focuses on regulatory and licensing issues in the alcohol beverage industry, representing wineries, breweries, distilleries, restaurants, hotels, and other businesses in alcohol regulatory matters nationwide. He has significant experience counseling clients on state and federal alcohol regulatory and trade practice matters, with a particular emphasis on the marketing, advertising, and promotion of alcoholic beverages in both traditional and digital media. He also leads the firm’s team that handles licensing and permitting activities for alcohol beverage clients. Before joining DWT, Jeff managed the Regulatory Affairs and Compliance team for a large winery in California.


Marbet Lewis has focused her practice on the laws governing the alcohol industry and the manufacture, importation, and sale of alcohol beverage products since 2004. She represents clients in all aspects of alcohol and business licensing, alcohol licensee mergers and acquisitions, negotiation of asset purchase agreements and required alcohol use provisions, license transfers and licensing due diligence, trade practices, alcohol product advertising and review of marketing agreements, importation agreements, label approvals, and regulatory compliance guidance. Her experience also includes enforcement action defense and administrative litigation, zoning and land use due diligence and approval processes, and state and local government regulatory compliance, which includes drafting municipal code ordinances and amendments as well as assisting with redistricting and development of entertainment overlay districts.

Marbet also assists clients with additional business permitting including obtaining business tax receipts, building permitting, certificates of use and occupancy and other related operational permits, as well as representing various entertainment, hospitality, and alcohol industry clients during the zoning approval process, including representation before zoning boards for approval of variances, special exceptions, and use nonconformity issues as well as representation for zoning appeals cases. She has assisted with transfer of business and operational permits required as part of large asset acquisition transactions and merger of national retailers including hotels and entertainments venues such as movie-theaters

She works with domestic and foreign suppliers, wholesalers, manufacturers, and a broad range of retailers, including nightclubs, bars, movie theater operators, hotels, restaurants, supermarkets, and pharmacy chains.

Mrs. Lewis is proficient in Spanish and has been a featured guest on Nuestro Mundo and A Fondo.

Awards:

  • Top Lawyer, South Florida Legal Guide, 2021
  • Best Lawyers in America: Food & Beverage Law, U.S. News & World Report, 2020, 2021
  • Ranked in Nationwide Category: Food & Beverages: Alcohol, Chambers & Partners USA, 2019-2020
  • Florida Trailblazer, Daily Business Review, 2019
  • Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2017, 2018
  • Outstanding Lawyers of South Florida, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s 40 Under 40, 2017


Rania Zayyat is the founder of Lift Collective--formerly Wonder Women of Wine-- a non-profit organization founded in 2018. She holds an Advanced Sommelier diploma from the Court of Master Sommeliers and is the Wine Director at Bufalina, a Neopolitan pizza and natural wine destination in East Austin. Rania has spent 10 years in the wine industry, where she is now a leader in diversity and equality initiatives--including Lift Collective’s activities--wine education classes, minimal intervention wines, and wine list profitability, development, and marketing.

Rania founded and hosted the inaugural Wonder Women of Wine Conference in March 2019, with an industry A-List of speakers including keynote Karen MacNeil, author of The Wine Bible, Victoria James, Cathy Corison, Krista Scruggs, and Marissa Ross.

Before founding Wonder Women of Wine, Rania served as Beverage Manager for June’s All Day, Sommelier at the Four Seasons Austin, Lead Sommelier at the now-defunct laV Restaurant & Wine Bar, and Sommelier at Pappas Bros. Steakhouse.

Rania has been recognized for her work in Zagat 30 Under 30 2015, Forbes, VinePair, The Somm Journal, Wine Enthusiast, The Vintner Project, Wine & Spirits, Sprudge, Eater, Texas Wine Lover, The Doctors, By The Glass Podcast, and The Alexi Cashen Podcast. She was named one of “The Most Inspiring People in Wine” by Wine Industry Network in 2021 and listed in Imbibe’s “75 People to Watch in 2021.” Rania also serves as a co-founder of Be The Change, the wine industry’s first virtual job fair with a focus on diversity and inclusion, and she is a founding member of The Hue Society’s Council of Resources.

Beyond wine, Rania is an avid non-fiction reader, a gender equality advocate, enjoys international travel, and loves seafood towers. Rania resides with her husband and their dog Mango, in Austin, Texas.