Marbet Lewis

Marbet Lewis

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Administrative Law Attorney in Coral Gables, FL

Spiritus Law
 | 2525 Ponce de Leon Blvd, Suite 1080
Coral Gables, FL 33134
Phone: 305-471-6559
Selected To Rising Stars: 2018
Licensed Since: 2004
Practice Areas:
  • Administrative Law (40%),
  • Land Use/Zoning (40%),
  • Lobbying (10%),
  • Business/Corporate (10%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
    Attorney Profile

    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, 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.

    About Marbet Lewis

    Admitted: 2004, Florida

    Professional Webpage: https://spirituslaw.com/about-marbet/

    Honors/Awards:

    • , Ranked in Nationwide Category: Food & Beverages: Alcohol, Chambers & Partners USA, 2020
    • Best Lawyers in America, U.S. News & World Report, 2020
    • Florida Trailblazer, Daily Business Review, 2019
    • Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2018
    • Outstanding Lawyers of South Florida, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's 40 Under 40, 2017

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, Annual Sponsor Cuban American Bar Association (CABA), Member Dade County Bar Association (DCBA), Member National Alcohol Beverage Control Association (NABCA), Member National Association of Alcoholic Beverage Licensing Attorneys (NAABLA), Member, 2007-Present National Association of Licensing & Compliance Professionals (NALCP), Member National Conference of State Liquor Administrators (NCSLA), Member The Florida Bar, Administrative Law Section, Member The Florida Bar, City, County, and Local Government, Member Women of the Vine & Spirits, Brand Ambassador, 2020

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Restaurants and hospitality venues remain closed throughout the U.S. with little guidance on anticipated timelines or re-opening strategies. Beyond the current operational and financial issues plaguing the hospitality industry lies a very difficult reality. There is no “on” switch that will bring our hospitality industry back to service. Long-term success will depend on re-envisioning traditional concepts and strategic development of new operational practices that integrate practical social distancing protocols with more permanent delivery/take-out platforms. However, our legislative system is not flexible enough to pivot with the changing times and needs of the hospitality industry. Any short-term progress must be supported by long-term regulatory changes with attention to a new normal that may mean reduced on-site capacity and stringent illness contamination control policies., Author, More Permanent Regulatory Flexibility Required to Revive Hospitality’s Long-Term Survival,  Modern Restaurant Management, Alcohol, Hospitality, 2020
    • Throughout the United States, business owners in the hospitality and movie exhibition industries are facing an uncertain future as they are ordered to shut down with little guidance or comfort on when they can expect to reopen., Author, St. Patrick’s Day Ends With Dimmed Lights. What Should Business Owners Do Now?, Daily Business Review, Alcohol, Hospitality, Restaurant, Retail, 2020
    • Various economic plagues have hit our on-premise alcohol retailers, including the hospitality and entertainment industries, throughout history. Whether man-made or as a result of natural catastrophes, our favorite hosts have found a way to adjust, modernize and make notable comebacks without federal aid. But the economic fallout due to the coronavirus is different from prior downturns., Author, COVID-19 Stimulus Not Enough To Revitalize Alcohol Industry, Law360, Alcohol, Hospitality, Restaurant, Retail, 2020
    • We heard a very loud collective last call from thousands of alcohol retailers last month including bars, restaurants, movie theaters and hotels throughout the country. Last week, the White House released the nation’s “Guidelines for Opening America Again,” which largely shifted the economic revitalization burden to state governors and local officials to plan and coordinate re-opening efforts. The lack of a national re-opening plan and timeframe leaves many small and large business owners, especially those in the on-premise hospitality industry, in the dark with respect to when their businesses will once again open to the public and how they will be allowed to service their patrons. Unfortunately, then, restaurants and other hospitality operators are left with the frustrating task of planning for an uncertain future with limited tools, rigid regulations, and unknown long-term service requirements., Author, Last Call? How will the On-Premise Hospitality Retail Industry Survive Post-Social Distancing, Food & Beverage Magazine, Alcohol, Hospitality, Restaurant, Retail, 2020
    • For the alcohol industry, which is already highly regulated, online marketing presents new challenges since formalized guidance in this area has been slow, and alcohol industry members are unsure of best marketing practices to avoid advertising to minors., Author, Special Social Media and Digital Guidelines for Advertising Alcohol, South Florida Business Journal, Alcohol, Restaurant, 2020

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Selected as Brand Ambassador for Women of the Vine & Spirits, https://www.womenofthevine.com/team/brand-ambassadors, 2018

    Industry Groups

    • Alcohol Industry
    • Gaming
    • Hospitality
    • Nightclub & Bar
    • Tobacco Industry
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    Office Location for Marbet Lewis

    2525 Ponce de Leon Blvd
    Suite 1080
    Coral Gables, FL 33134

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    Last Updated: 7/20/2020

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