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Robert F. Lewis
Robert F. Lewis
Partner 
Chair, Alcohol Beverage Industry Group
One Southeast Third Avenue
25th Floor
Miami, FL 33131
 
Tel:
305.374.5600
Fax:
305.374.5095
 
 

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.
 
Awards & Recognition
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Chambers USA 2014, Ranked Nationwide for Food & Beverages: Alcohol
 
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The Best Lawyers in America 2015, Listed in Florida for Food and Beverage Law
 
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South Florida Legal Guide, Top Attorney, 2012-2013
 
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South Florida Legal Guide, Top Up and Comer, 2007-2010, 2012
 
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Martindale-Hubbell, AV Rated
 
Published Works & Lectures
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"The DOs and DON'Ts Of Mixing Movies and Mixology," National Association of Concessionaires ShowEast Conference, October 21-24, 2013
 
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17th Annual Legal Symposium, National Alcohol Beverage Control Association, March 2010
 
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Author and Co-Author, numerous legal articles related to alcohol beverage law and the alcohol beverage industry, published by Aspatore Books
 
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Co-Author, monthly article discussing Florida alcohol beverage rules and regulations in the Southern Beverage Journal
 
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Speaker at national and regional conferences on the topics of alcohol beverage law, business strategies and alcohol-related liability
 
Professional Memberships & Activities
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The Florida Bar, City, County, and Local Government, Member
 
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The Florida Bar, Administrative Law Section, Member
 
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American Bar Association, Administrative Law Section, Member
 
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American Bar Association, Committee on Alcohol Beverage Practice, Member
 
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First Amendment Lawyers Association, Member
 
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National Association of Alcoholic Beverage Licensing Attorneys, Member, 2007-present
 
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National Association of Licensing & Compliance Professionals (NALCP), Member
 
Related Professional Experience
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St. Thomas University School of Law, Adjunct Professor, Selected to teach the 2005 inaugural class of Alcohol Beverage Law
 

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Robert F. Lewis

Practice
Alcohol Beverage Industry
Education
J.D., University of Miami School of Law, 1997; Order of the Coif, magna cum laude, Member, University of Miami Sports and Entertainment Law Review
Bar Admissions
Florida
 
 
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