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 in Florida, 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.
Notable Speaking Engagements, Publications & Recognition:
- Tied-House Laws, by Marbet Lewis, Leisure & Hospitality International, April, 2018, http://www.lhimagazine.com/sections/columns/2276-tied-house-laws
- Pay-to-Play Schemes to Receive More Scrutiny from Department of Treasury, by Marbet Lewis, Food Newsfeed, April, 2018, https://www.foodnewsfeed.com/fsr/expert-insights/pay-play-schemes-receive-more-scrutiny-department-treasury
- Marbet Lewis profiled in she Boom, Where Women Connect and Prosper, March, 2018, http://sheboom.com/marbet-lewis/
Reclining Seats and Premium Cocktails: New Obstacles for the Remodeled Movie-Theater Industry, by Marbet Lewis, Sound & Picture, March 2018, https://soundandpicture.com/2018/03/reclining-seats-and-premium-cocktails-new-obstacles-for-the-remodeled-movie-theater-industry/
Marbet Lewis profiled in Attorney at Law Magazine's Talk of the Town section, February, 2018, https://lewisfoxlaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/02-20-2018-Talk-of-the-Town-Attorney-at-Law.pdf
- LewisFox Partner Marbet Lewis Named Brand Ambassador for Women of the Vine & Spirits, http://southflorida.citybizlist.com/article/461276/lewisfox-partner-marbet-lewis-named-brand-ambassador-for-women-of-the-vine-spirits?undefined.mjjo.mjjo
- Pay to Play, by Marbet Lewis, Artisan Spirit, The Magazine for Craft Distillers and Their Fans, Fall 2017, https://issuu.com/artisanspiritmag/docs/artisanspirit_issue020_web/40?ff=true
- Three-tier system think piece: Let’s steer away from post-Prohibition fears and reconsider our regulatory schemes, Craft Brewing Business, by Marbet Lewis, July 2017, https://www.craftbrewingbusiness.com/featured/three-tier-system-think-piece-lets-steer-away-post-prohibition-fears-reconsider-regulatory-schemes/
- With Whole Foods, Amazon Gets a Lot of Beer, and Headaches, commentary by Marbet Lewis, Bloomberg Law, Antitrust & Trade Report, July 2017.
- Obama Administration Eases Shipping, Cargo Transit Restrictions, by Johannes Walker, commentary by Marbet Lewis, Cuba Standard.com, October 2016,
- Daily Business Review, Rising Stars Leadership Award, May 2017.
- Alcohol Industry Consolidation and Regulatory Concerns, by Marbet Lewis, Financier Worldwide, July 2016, https://www.financierworldwide.com/alcohol-industry-consolidation-and-regulatory-concerns#.WdZObEEpCEc
- NCSLA, Northern/Southern Regional Conference, “Control from a Different Angle,” 2014.
- “The DOs and DON’Ts Of Mixing Movies and Mixology,” National Association of Concessionaires ShowEast Conference, October 21-24, 2013
- “Be in Control! Don’t Let Your Alcohol Retail Business Control You,” Atlantic City Nightclub & Bar Convention, October 2008
- “Party On! How to Keep Your Party Profitable, Safe and Legal,” Nightclub & Bar Beverage Retailer, October 9-11, 2006