Ex-ATF Division Chief Joins South Florida’s Spiritus Law as Regulatory Consultant
A former chief at the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives joins Spiritus Law in Coral Gables as a federal regulatory consultant.
Loy A. “Tony” Haynes, former chief of the National Revenue Center at the U.S. Treasury Department’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, joined Spiritus Law in Coral Gables as a federal regulatory consultant.
Haynes, who is not an attorney, has worked with the firm’s legal team following a 32-year career with ATF, where he headed what’s now the Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau.
In his new position, he will support the firm’s federal regulatory practice as alcohol producers and distributors encounter new regulatory issues ranging from COVID-19 business interruption issues to related operational changes.
Haynes’ experience includes advising on licensing and compliance matters about alcohol manufacturing, importation and distribution.
“Tony has worked with members of our team for over 20 years, and we welcome him back full time.” said Robert F. Lewis, the firm’s co-founding partner. “Our ongoing collaboration has always resulted in innovative solutions for our clients, and we hope that formalizing our relationship will facilitate communication and execution of client objectives as we realize the new normal within our industry and adjust to shifting client needs.”
Haynes has helped with federal licensing and permit processing, trade practice investigations and excise tax auditing. He also helped draft rulings, industry circulars, and policy and procedure papers that are still in use.
He has experience with the qualification and maintenance requirements for federal permits, compliance matters and the resolution of administrative cases resulting from federal investigations in the liquor and firearms industries.
The firm’s website lists four attorneys and three non-attorney consultants.
About Spiritus Law:
Spiritus Law is an entrepreneurial law firm focused on business regulatory licensing, trade practice compliance and business conflict resolution for highly regulated industries dealing in alcohol production and distribution, hospitality services, commercial development and international business transactions. The Firm is founded on traditional principles of client counseling and teamwork with a cutting-edge twist on regulatory innovation and modern problem-solving. We focus on the business needs of individual clients and leading industry members so we can advance business objectives and influence regulatory changes that guide our clients’ business operations. Spiritus Law combines a unique blend of professionals, including attorneys, government consultants, licensing assistants and paralegals to assist its diverse clients. We leverage our unparalleled experience working with government agencies and judicial courts on the federal, state and local level to develop compliance business operation strategies and resolve business conflicts and disputes. Our modern approach to transparent client representation and employee engagement defines our collaborative spirit and progressive energy.
Primary service areas include Alcohol Licensing & Regulatory Compliance, Alcohol Production & Distribution Transactions, and Hospitality Regulatory Compliance & Permitting. The Alcohol Industry Group focuses on providing complete food and alcohol licensing and regulatory services in the development of licensing structures and business operational guidelines for the manufacturing, importation, purchase and retail sale and service of alcoholic beverages. Our firm services an array of industries, including alcohol producers, sports teams, hotels, theme parks, movie theaters, grocery stores, liquor stores, bars, commercial developers and more.