Alissa Yohey is a Manager in our Alcohol and Business Regulatory Compliance groups with Spiritus Law and a licensed attorney in New York State. Her vast experience focuses on hospitality law, corporate law, transactional law, and lobby law compliance. Alissa’s hospitality experience encompasses assisting clients on alcohol beverage laws, state and local permits required for the operation of hospitality businesses, and violations matters. On behalf of alcohol beverage industry clients, including restaurants, bars, hotels, caterers, cruise lines, airlines, liquor stores, wholesalers, manufacturers, and other businesses, Alissa assists clients in efficiently navigating the complex state and federal alcohol beverage laws and licensing processes.
Her experience in this area encompasses a broad array of issues, including, but not limited to, new retail and wholesale liquor licenses, renewals, corporate changes, approvals for establishment alterations, 500-foot hearings, community board meetings, permits for offsite special events, warehouse permits, declaratory rulings, disciplinary matters, brand label approval, post-licensing regulatory compliance, alcohol beverage marketing promotions, state and federal label and packaging compliance, and distribution issues.
Alissa assists clients in obtaining the necessary licenses and permits required to operate a hospitality business, including Sales and Use Tax certificates, health permits, sign permits, cabaret licenses, and outdoor dining permits. She also represents clients before various state and local tribunals with respect to violations matters, including New York City Health Department, Building Department, and FDNY violations. The corporate component of Alissa’s experience involves the formation of corporate entities; the preparation of corporate organizational documents, including bylaws, shareholder, operating, partnership and joint venture agreements; and ongoing corporate compliance. In addition, she prepares employment and consulting contracts, as well as management agreements. She also assists with the formation of not-for-profits and obtaining state and federal tax-exempt status for such entities.
Alissa also works with banks, corporations, limited liability companies, general and limited partnerships, and joint ventures in real estate matters. Her experience includes mortgage and
construction loan transactions; office, commercial and ground lease transactions; acquisitions and dispositions of commercial properties and businesses; and landlord and tenant issues.
As the firm’s lobby law compliance officer, Alissa provides guidance to not only the firm and its clients on an extensive range of Lobby Law issues before the Joint Commission on Public Ethics (“JCOPE”) and the Office of the City Clerk in New York City, but she also serves as in-house lobby law counsel to many companies. Alissa assists clients on state and local registration and reporting obligations, creating mechanisms for capturing and reporting client lobbying activity, determining reportable lobbying activity, and specific lobby law issues such as the gift rule and procurement lobbying.
She also conducts employee lobby law compliance training for clients, and represents clients in state and local audits and investigations.
Direct Number: 518.249.5656
Notable Speaking Engagements, Publications & Recognition:
- Alissa served as a law clerk to U.S. Magistrate Judge David R. Homer, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York, in 1998.
- National Association of Licensing Compliance Professionals, Most Valuable Associate Member (2014)
- National Association of Licensing and Compliance Professionals, New York State Bar Association
- “Strategic Lobbying Can Make a Sizable Difference, No Matter the Size of Your Business,” An
- Albany Business Review and Wilson Elser Seminar (Albany, NY, November 2015) (presenter)
- Albany Law School J.D., 2001
- The College of Saint Rose B.A., 1997
Admitted to Practice:
- New York and New York - N.D. N.Y.
*Not Admitted to the Practice of Law in Florida.