Richard M. Blau Attorney At Law


Richard M. Blau - Attorney at Law

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Tampa 401 East Jackson Street Suite 2700 Tampa, Florida 33602

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.