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Mr. Newman

Michael B. Newman

Partner, Holland & Knight

Michael B. Newman is a partner in Holland & Knight's San Francisco office and serves as head of the firm's Alcohol Beverage Team, Mr. Newman focuses 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 works with international importers, suppliers, 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.

Mr. Newman also services the hospitality industry in a variety of ways, including: alcohol beverage licensing; health and food service inspection compliance; and representation in administrative proceedings; and litigation/dispute resolution. 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 U.S. OIV Working Committee. He has served on Wine Institute's Public Policy Committee for 30 years.

He lectures frequently on compliance and other alcohol beverage regulatory matters to clients and other alcohol beverage industry members. Mr. Newman received his J.D. from Fordham University Law School and his B.A. from Williams College.


Please visit http://www.hklaw.com for more information.

Mr. Newman can be contacted at 415-743-6989 or michael.newman@hklaw.com

Coming up in December 2020...

Hotel Law: Protecting Guest Privacy

Every business is obligated to protect their customers from identity theft but unfortunately, data breaches have become all too common. In an effort to protect a guest's right to privacy and to safeguard their personal data, the European Union passed a General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that could hold hotels legally liable for any breaches that expose a customer's sensitive personal information. Though the GDPR only pertains to EU citizens' data, any international business that mishandles their data can be legally responsible. Another legal issue of concern is the fight involving hotel "resort fees." Several states attorney generals have recently filed suit against two major hotel chains in an effort to litigate this practice. Their suit alleges that these companies are "engaged in deceptive and misleading pricing practices and their failure to disclose fees is in violation of consumer protection laws." The suit seeks to force the hotel chains to advertise the true price of their hotel rooms. There are several other legal issues that the industry is being forced to address. Sexual harassment prevention in the workplace is still top of mind for hotel employers-particularly in New York and California, which now statutorily require harassment training. Hotels and motels in California will also soon be required to train all their employees on human trafficking awareness. Immigration issues are also of major concern to hotel employers, especially in the midst of a severe labor shortage. The government is issuing fewer H2B visas for low-skilled workers, as well as J-1 visas for temporary workers. Though there is little hope for any comprehensive immigration reform, hotel lobbying groups are actively seeking legal remedies to alleviate this problem. These are just a few of the critical issues that the December issue of the Hotel Business Review will examine in the area of hotel law.