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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 September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.