Jason S. Cetel - 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
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Biography

Jason S. Cetel is a senior associate in GrayRobinson's Tampa office and is a member of the firm’s Nationwide Alcohol Beverage Practice and Medical Marijuana Practice Groups. He concentrates his practice on advising companies in heavily-regulated industries about how to comply with the complex variety of federal, state, and local rules and regulations that govern the manufacturing, distribution, marketing, sale, and consumption of distilled spirits, wine, beer, cider and other regulated products. He focuses on licensing and regulatory compliance issues for large and small alcohol beverage manufacturers as well as for industry members from other segments and tiers of America’s three-tier system of alcohol distribution.

Jason handles all aspects of licensing, business and trade practice analysis, and other regulatory compliance matters for companies working in industries that are subject to strict administrative oversight, and has extensive experience working with state and local regulatory agencies and government officials across the country. He regularly conducts legal risk assessments for novel business models, as well as provides trade practice compliance on innovative promotional activities involving unlicensed third-party companies that work intimately with licensed companies in the alcohol industry.   

Jason also has experience with alcohol-specific litigation matters, including disputes over wholesale distribution contracts involving US-based breweries and importers of foreign beer. He assists clients with alcohol beverage licensing across multiple industries, including national restaurant and off-premise retail chains, and has managed extensive multi-state licensing projects resulting from mergers and acquisitions involving hundreds of locations and thousands of licenses for both on- and off-premise retailers.

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Background

Jason was born in Cherry Hill, NJ and moved to Tampa to join GrayRobinson’s Alcohol Industry Team. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Vassar College with departmental honors in political science and was awarded the Ida Frank Guttman Prize for the best thesis in political science. Jason received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Seton Hall University School of Law and was inducted into the Order of the Coif. During law school, he was a member of the Seton Hall Law Review where he held positions as Associate Editor and Senior Articles Editor. Jason also served as a judicial intern to the Honorable Dolores K. Sloviter, the former Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeal for the 3rd Circuit, and has publications in the Maryland Law Review and Seton Hall Law Review. Jason was awarded the Larry M. Simonsmeier Award for outstanding scholarship in pharmacy law.

Education
  • Vassar College, B.A., political science (Departmental Honors, 2009)
    • Ida Frank Guttman Prize for the best thesis in political science
  • Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D. (magna cum laude, 2012)
    • Order of the Coif
    • Seton Hall Law Review
      • Senior Articles Editor (Vol. 42)
      • Associate Editor (Vol. 41)
    • Center for Social Justice Impact Litigation Clinic
    • Law Success Scholarship Recipient 
Admissions
  • Florida
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey 
Professional Associations & Memberships
  • The Florida Bar
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
    • Young Lawyers Division
  • American Bar Association
    • Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Section
      • Beverage Alcohol Practice Committee 
Awards & Recognitions
Civic
  • Tampa Connection, Class of 2014
  • Vassar Club of Tampa Bay, Member 
Reported Cases
  • Bilal v. White, 2012 WL 3734376 (2d Cir. August 30, 2012) - pro bono appeal of a pro se inmate's Section 1983 complaint alleging claims for retaliation under the First Amendment and deliberate indifference to serious medical needs/willful imposition of pain under the Eighth Amendment
Articles & Publications
Presentations & Seminars
  • "The Business of Marijuana: Key Considerations for Advising Our Clients,” St. Petersburg Bar Association CLE, November 30, 2018
  • “Dram Shop Liability Review 2018,” Hospitality Law Conference, Houston, Texas, April 13, 2018
  • “Edibles in Wonderland - Regulatory and Toxicology Problems with Cannabis-Infused Edible Products,” Hospitality Law Conference, Houston, Texas, April 12, 2018
  • “Medical Marijuana 101 for Florida’s Healthcare System,” The Florida Bar Health Law Section, March 13, 2018
  • “Medical Marijuana 101 for Florida’s Healthcare System,” Health Care CLE, Hillsborough County Bar Association, December 6, 2017
  • "Thank you for (Not) Smoking: Legal Considerations for the On-Premise Consumption of Marijuana in the Hospitality Industry," Hospitality Law Conference, Houston, Texas, April 25, 2017
  • "Thank You For (Not) Smoking: Legal Considerations for the On-Premise Consumption of Marijuana in the Hospitality Industry,” Hospitality Law Conference, Houston, Texas, February 24, 2016
  • Panel speaker, "Regulated Practice Panel: Current Trends in the Alcohol Beverage & Medical Marijuana Industries," American Bar Association, Law Student Division, 5th Circuit Spring Meeting, February 7, 2015
  • "Understanding Medical Marijuana in Florida," GrayRobinson CLE Webinar, July 16, 2014
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