Robert F. Lewis focuses his practice on the laws governing alcohol industry members at all three tiers as well as tobacco, and other regulated products. Rob has accumulated over 20 years of experience in the alcohol industry including previously serving in law enforcement and as an agent with the State of Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco. His practice includes diverse and multi-discipline areas of legal needs common to hospitality, alcohol, and tobacco industry clients. Rob's experience includes working with domestic, national, and international alcohol industry clients in a wide variety of issues including alcohol licensing and structuring of alcohol service operations, alcohol trade practice analysis and consulting, complete business permitting at the federal, state, and local levels, defending regulatory enforcement actions as well as state and federal investigations of alcohol industry members, administrative litigation, land use and zoning analysis and approval processes, state and local government lobbying efforts relating to alcohol beverage regulations, commercial leasing for alcohol industry tenants, drafting municipal code ordinances and amendments relating to alcohol beverage uses, and assisting with redistricting and development of entertainment overlay districts. A former employee of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and special agent with the State of Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco, Rob has experience with the processes and methods by which government regulators investigate and apprehend alcohol and tobacco law violators. Rob has also served as an expert witness on matters relating to alcohol beverage law and administrative code provisions.
Rob's experience also includes assisting clients with business permitting and transfers of business licenses as a result of new business ventures, expansion, and national mergers and acquisitions between hospitality and alcohol industry clients, including obtaining business tax receipts, building permitting, certificates of use and occupancy, and other related operational permits.
Rob's clients include domestic and foreign alcohol and tobacco suppliers, importers, wholesalers, real estate developers, and a broad range of alcohol retailers throughout the country, including large box retailers, national pharmacies, nightclubs, private clubs, national retail chains, bars, national hotel chains, restaurateurs, sports arenas, including MLB and NBA sport franchises, national movie theater companies, entertainment complexes and establishments, and other members of the hospitality and alcohol industry.