Richard M. Blau - Attorney at Law

401 East Jackson Street
Suite 2700
Post Office Box 3324 (33601-3324)
Tampa, Florida 33602

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Biography

Richard M. Blau leads GrayRobinson’s Alcohol Industry Team, focusing on the laws that govern the manufacture, importation, distribution, marketing, sale and consumption of beer, wine, distilled spirits and other licensed beverages. Richard devotes a substantial portion of his practice to trade regulation, brand development and protection, M & A compliance guidance, litigation and mediation involving the members of the alcohol industry. An elected member of The American Law Institute, Richard is a member of the bar duly licensed to practice law in Florida, New York and the District of Columbia. In addition to having served for six years as the Chairman of the American Bar Association’s Committee on Alcohol Beverage Practice, Richard has testified as an expert on alcohol-related issues before legislative bodies in Florida, Hawaii, New York, and writes and lectures extensively on Twenty First Amendment issues. He has been featured as a speaker and lecturer at the annual meetings of the National Conference of State Liquor Administrators (NCSLA), the annual legal symposia hosted by the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association (NABCA), the nationwide meetings conducted by regulatory groups such as the National Liquor Law Enforcement Association (NLLEA), and industry events such as the Center for Alcohol Policy’s annual Alcohol Law Symposium and the TIPS-sponsored Annual Alcohol Responsibility Conference. Richard’s proficiency has been recognized by Chambers and Partners (Mr. Blau is ranked nationally as “Band 1” for Food & Beverage Law), as well as by Best Lawyers in America. Prior to joining GrayRobinson, Richard was a partner at Holland & Knight LLP and created that law firm’s alcohol beverage legal practice. Richard received his B.A. from Brandeis University, and his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center, where he served as the Associate Editor for Topics of the Georgetown Law Journal.

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Background

Richard is a member of The Florida Bar, The District of Columbia Bar, the New York State Bar, the American Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association and the American Association for Justice. He recently concluded six years of service as the chair of the American Bar Association's Committee on Beverage Alcohol Practice and is a member of the Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys (AHIA). He also is an industry member of the National Conference of State Liquor Administrators (NCSLA) as well as the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association (NABCA), and lectures on 21st Amendment issues before regulators at annual meetings of both organizations as well as the National Liquor Law Enforcement Association (NLLEA).

Richard is admitted to practice law in the following courts: U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of International Trade, U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 11th and Federal circuits, U.S. District Courts for the Middle and Southern districts of Florida, U.S. Court of Military Appeals, Florida Supreme Court, the New York Court of Appeals and the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. Additionally, he is an elected member of the American Law Institute.

Richard earned his bachelor of arts degree in 1979 from Brandeis University and his juris doctor in 1982 from the Georgetown University Law Center, where he served as associate editor for topics of the Georgetown Law Journal. Prior to joining GrayRobinson, he was a partner at Holland & Knight LLP, where he originated that firm's alcohol beverage law practice.
 

Education
  • Brandeis University, B.A. (1979)
  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D. (1982) 
Admissions
  • Florida
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of International Trade
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 11th and Federal Circuits
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida 
  • U.S. Court of Military Appeal s
  • Florida Supreme Court
  • New York State Court of Appeals
  •  District of Columbia Court of Appeals 
Professional Associations & Memberships
  • American Bar Association
    • ABA Committee on Beverage Alcohol Practice, Chairman (1996-present)
  • The Florida Bar
    • Grievance Committee 13-A, Chairman (1990-1992)
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • The American Law Institute, elected Member (1995-present)
  • The National Conference of State Liquor Administrators
    • Industry Member (1989-present)
    • Executive Committee Member (2003-present)
  • The Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys (2001-present)
    • Board of Directors
  • Craft Beverage Lawyers Guild, Founding Member 
Civic
  •  Feeding America Tampa Bay, Board of Directors, Chair, 2014
Awards & Recognitions
  • Chambers USA, Band 1 (National), Food & Beverages: Alcohol, 2008-2018
  • AV Preeminent™ rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2011-2018
  • Florida Super Lawyers, 2006-2018
  • Florida Trend, "Legal Elite," 2006-2010
  • Tampa Top Rated Lawyer, Alcohol Beverage, 2013
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