Michael B. Newman is head of the firm’s Alcohol Beverage Team,
focusing on counseling industry clients on national and international
regulatory, contract, legislative, and licensing matters, advertising and
promotional law, intellectual property rights, importation matters, trade
practices, and inter-tier relations. He represents clients on matters before the
federal Alcohol & Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau, the California Department
of Alcoholic Beverage Control and State Board of Equalization, and other state
alcohol beverage agencies throughout the United States.
Mr. Newman has experience representing all three tiers of the alcohol
beverage industry. He has worked with international importers, suppliers, and
exporters, domestic manufacturers, regional and local distributors, and
retailers (including multi-state restaurant and hotel and convenience store and
other off-premise chains) across the United States. He also has worked with
national and statewide industry trade groups and associations including Wine
Institute, the American Brandy Association, the Vodka Producers Association, the
California Wine and Spirits Wholesalers Association, and the US OIV Working
Committee. He has served on Wine Institute's Public Policy Committee for 20
years. He lectures frequently on compliance and other alcohol beverage
regulatory matters to clients and other alcohol beverage industry members.
Mr. Newman and the firm’s Alcohol Beverage Practice Team also service the
hospitality industry in a variety of ways, including: alcohol beverage, tobacco,
and lottery licensing; health and food service inspection compliance;
responsible vendor and employee training; representation in administrative
proceedings; and litigation/dispute resolution.
Mr. Newman is an Industry Member of the National Conference of State Liquor
Administrators (NCSLA) and lectures often on Alcohol Beverage Law issues before
regulators at its annual and regional meetings.