Top Beverage Alcohol Law Firm Adds and Elevates Partners

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Top Alcohol Beverage Law Firm Hinman & Carmichael Announces the Addition of New Partners and the Elevation of a Founding Partner

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Hinman & Carmichael LLP specializes in legal advice relating to the production, distribution and sale of alcoholic beverages

San Francisco-based Hinman & Carmichael LLP, one of the nation’s leading law firms specializing in 21st Amendment Law and alcohol regulation, is proud to announce the new face of the firm for 2105. Three of the firm’s associates have been elevated to partner: Suzanne DeGalan, Sara Mann, and Rebecca Stamey-White. Additionally, John Edwards has joined the firm as Senior Counsel and Founder Lynne Carmichael has been elevated to Partner Emeritus.

Suzanne DeGalan, Sara Mann and Rebecca Stamey-White, each of whom have been with the firm for the past five years, became partners as of January 1. Each bring to the partnership a significant depth of knowledge and experience in alcoholic beverage regulation; Mann focusing on nationwide private and control label distribution and retail compliance, alcohol delivery and Third Party Provider issues; Suzanne on distributor relationships and agreements as well as production and licensing agreements and social media compliance; and Rebecca on consumer event, advertising, social media compliance and a heavy diet of administrative accusation defense.

On January 1st, John Edwards joined Hinman & Carmichael LLP as Senior Counsel after a 40-year career as a partner at Jones Day. Edwards is one of the country’s foremost litigators and will be, with John Hinman, responsible for the firm’s robust beverage law specific litigation, arbitration and mediation practice.

Finally, founder Lynne Carmichael will transition to well-earned Partner Emeritus status, allowing her to spend more time pursuing her passion for theatre and world travel while remaining a key component of the Hinman & Carmichael LLP licensing and corporate team headed up by partner Beth Aboulafia.

About Hinman & Carmichael LLP
San Francisco based Hinman & Carmichael LLP specializes in legal advice relating to the production, distribution and sale of alcoholic beverages in California and across the country. In particular, the firm focuses on licensing and qualification issues, business and marketing practices, distribution counseling, special counsel services for transactions involving licensees and representing clients in front of federal and state agencies that regulate alcoholic beverages. More information about the firm and each of the lawyers in the firm is available at

John Hinman, Partner
jhinman(at)beveragelaw(dot)com • (415) 362-1215

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