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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 January 2019...

Mobile Technology: The Future is Now

Mobile Technology continues to advance at a relentless pace and the hotel industry continues to adapt. Hotel guests have shown a strong preference for mobile self-service - from checking-in/out at a hotel kiosk, to ordering room service, making dinner reservations, booking spa treatments, and managing laundry/dry cleaning services. And they also enjoy the convenience of paying for these services with smart phone mobile payments. In addition, some hotels have adopted a “concierge in your pocket” concept. Through a proprietary hotel app, guests can access useful information such as local entertainment venues, tourist attractions, event calendars, and medical facilities and services. In-room entertainment continues to be a key factor, as guests insist on the capacity to plug in their own mobile devices to customize their entertainment choices. Mobile technology also allows for greater marketing opportunities. For example, many hotels have adopted the use of “push notifications” - sending promotions, discounts and special event messages to guests based on their property location, purchase history, profiles, etc. Near field communication (NFC) technology is also being utilized to support applications such as opening room doors, earning loyalty points, renting a bike, accessing a rental car, and more. Finally, some hotels have adopted more futuristic technology. Robots are in use that have the ability to move between floors to deliver room service requests for all kinds of items - food, beverages, towels, toothbrushes, chargers and snacks. And infrared scanners are being used by housekeeping staff that can detect body heat within a room, alerting staff that the room is occupied and they should come back at a later time. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in this exciting mobile technology space.