Elizabeth A. DeConti - Attorney at Law

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

P 813-273-5000
F 813-273-5145
D 813-273-5159

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Biography

Elizabeth DeConti has spent more than 20 years focusing her law practice on the unique area of alcohol beverage and food regulation. She is a shareholder in the Tampa office and is one of the original members of the firm's Alcohol Beverage and Food Team. Prior to joining GrayRobinson, she was a partner with the Tampa office of Holland & Knight and a judicial clerk for the Honorable Antoinette L. Dupont, chief judge of the Connecticut Appellate Court. She earned her bachelor's cum laude and with distinction in Renaissance Studies from Yale University in 1993 and then received her juris doctor cum laude in 1996 from the University of Miami School of Law, where she was a Harvey T. Reid Scholar.

Elizabeth concentrates on litigation, compliance, and promotions matters related to the rules, regulations and business practices governing the marketing, sale and consumption of malt beverages, wine, distilled spirits and other regulated products in the alcohol and food industry. She represents major alcohol suppliers, wholesaler retailers, marketing companies, and other members of the hospitality industry.

Elizabeth's litigation experience in complex commercial, franchise, and intellectual property (in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies throughout the United States) gives her a strong background in drafting contracts related to advertising, distribution, importation and related issues associated with the food and beverage industry. In addition, Elizabeth has a national reputation in the area of alcohol-focused advertising and promotions and frequently advises clients on regulatory compliance issues associated with software development and digital and social media. Additionally, she is a sought-after advisor on the intersection of state and federal alcohol regulations and Federal Trade Commission regulations as they pertain to sweepstakes, contests and other games.

Elizabeth is fluent in Italian and French and advises European clients on international and domestic matters. Her international experience has included the negotiation, sale and purchase of Italian wineries, liaising with Italian law firms on litigation matters pending in Italy and the United States; representation of several German breweries; and advising and counseling foreign entities seeking to export products from Western Europe into the U.S.

Elizabeth is a member of The Florida Bar and The Connecticut Bar and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, as well as the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Florida. Additionally, she is a member of the American Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association and the Hillsborough County Bar Association. She is also a frequent lecturer to the alcohol beverage and hospitality industries. 

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Education
  • Yale University, B.A. renaissance studies (cum laude with distinction, 1993)
  • University of Miami School of Law, J.D. (cum laude, 1996)
    • Harvey T. Reid Scholar 
Admissions
  • Florida (1996)
  • Connecticut (1997)
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court,  Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court,  Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court 
Professional Associations & Memberships
  • The Florida Bar
  • The Connecticut Bar
  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association 
  • Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys
  • Women of the Vine & Spirits
Awards & Recognitions
  • Best Lawyers in America, Administrative / Regulatory Law, 2019
  • AV Preeminent™ rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Chambers USA, Food & Beverages: Alcohol, 2011-2017
  • Florida Super Lawyers, 2006
  • Tampa Top Rated Lawyer, Alcohol Beverage, 2013
Civic
  • Yale Club of Tampa Bay –  President, October, 2017 – present
  • Yale Class of 1993, Co-President, July, 2018 - Present
  • Sacred Heart Church, parishioner 
Languages
  • Italian
  • French 
Presentations & Seminars
  • "Liquor Licensing for Hotel & Restaurant Acquisitions," Hospitality Law Conference, October 3, 2018
  • Panelist: “How Alcohol Beverage Companies Stand Out in 2018: Digital Brand Promotion Challenges Within the Regulatory Framework”, Federal Bar Association Annual Meeting and Convention, September 13, 2018
  • “Alcohol Advertising in the Digital Age,” Hospitality Law Conference, April 12, 2018
  • “Engaging Guests Through Online Sweepstakes,” Hospitality Law Conference, January 11, 2018
  • "Alcohol Beverage Liability: Legal Update and Best Practices," DRI Retail and Hospitality Litigation Conference, May 4, 2017
  • "Dram Shop Review 2017," Hospitality Law Conference, April 25, 2017
  • "Trends In Alcohol Beverage Marketing for On-Premises Retailers," Hospitality Law Conference, April 24, 2017
  • "Social Media and Alcohol: Do You Know How to Mix This Cocktail?" Hospitality Law Conference, February 22, 2016
  • "The Role of Third Party Ad Agencies in Your Regulated Business," Hospitality Law Conference, February 23, 2016 
  • "Regulatory Aspects of Mergers & Acquisitions: How to Gobble Up Chains and Licensed Retailers,” Hospitality Law Conference, February 10, 2015
  • “Alcohol Promotions,” Hospitality Law Conference, February 10, 2015
  • “Beverage Licensing Challenges in Mixed Use Developments,” Hospitality Law Conference, February 9, 2015
  • “Putting a Mixed-Use Deal Together Including Entertainment, Restaurants, EB-5 Financing, and Retail,” Hospitality Law Conference, February 9, 2015
  • "Legal Issues Related to Alcohol and Food-Related Social Media Advertising Campaigns," National Association of Licensing and Compliance Professionals - October 11, 2012
  • Live Interactive Webinar: "Developing a Responsible Alcohol Policy," presented by HospitalityLawyer.com - November 4, 2009 
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