Our Team

Spiritus Law combines a unique blend of professionals that dedicate their practices to guiding clients through the various federal, state and local regulations governing the manufacture, importation, distribution, sale and advertising of alcoholic beverages.

Yami Brito

Yamile Brito
Licensing Paralegal

Yamile focuses on large-scale licensing and permitting projects, including assisting with expansion of alcohol retailers and importers, securing TTB label approvals for manufacturers, mergers and acquisitions involving alcohol licensees, completion and tracking of licensing due diligence and licensing status for retailers, and obtaining federal, state and local business permits. Yamile also assists with management and coordination of construction permitting and timelines for grand opening and new store launches.

Thomas Busey
Regulatory Consultant, Non-Attorney

Tom Busey is a Regulatory Consultant in the Alcohol Industry Group. Tom began his career with the Federal Government as a field inspector for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, now the Tax and Trade Bureau for beverage and industrial alcohol and tobacco (TTB). His career progression included area supervisor in a number of U.S. cities and senior executive positions in Washington, D.C., including Chief of the International Trade Division and Chief of the Alcohol Labeling and Formulation Branch.

Joe Carpintero

Joe Carpintero
Facilities Manager

Joe Carpintero is the firm’s Office Services and Facilities Manager. Joe brings twenty years of experience in office support services and leadership with various community outreach projects. Joe works with the firm’s Diversity & Community Outreach Team to identify local organizations in need of support from the firm’s resources. He also volunteers his time year-round as a Flag Football and Basketball coach at the Coral Gables Youth Center in Coral Gables, Florida.

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Marilyn Coizeau
Licensing Paralegal

Marilyn focuses on business permitting and alcohol licensing application processing throughout Florida and with various State of Florida regulatory agencies, including Department of Hotels & Restaurants, Department of Health, Department of Revenue, and Department of Agriculture. She assists with processing local land use applications, preliminary due diligence tracking, and local business permitting. Marilyn has also assisted with various commercial transactions including hotel real estate closings, and mergers and acquisitions, involving alcohol licensees. She is currently a licensing paralegal and has worked with the alcohol industry since 2008.

Daniel O. Espinosa
Chief Marketing Officer

Daniel Espinosa is the firm's Chief Marketing Officer. Having worked in both the corporate and non-profit realms, Daniel is a seasoned Marketing & Communications professional, bringing with him over 10 years of experience from a broad range of industries.  Prior to joining Spiritus Law, Daniel worked in business development and marketing at several organizations, focusing on marketing campaigns, brand management, and corporate sponsorships. Most notable are his three years as Director of Operations at the Cuban American Bar Association, where he generated long-term growth for CABA and increased the its presence in the community.

Michelle Guarino
Administrative Assistant

Michelle Guarino is the firm’s Receptionist / Administrative Assistant. Michelle is a former schoolteacher and brings five years of administrative experience to the firm. Michelle is an integral part of the firm's success, she manages the day-to-day operations, provides support to the licensing paralegals and lawyers, she conducts legal research, drafts documents of various legal disciplines, manages schedules, and ensures the efficient and effective administration of the office.

James Gueits
Attorney, Of-Counsel

James P. Gueits is Of-Counsel at Spiritus Law. James advises business entities operating in the US and Latin America in transactional and regulatory matters, including compliance and governance issues across a broad range of industries, such as biotechnology, supply-chain, finance, regulated products, consumer electronics, software, commercial real estate, and hospitality. James has broad experience handling in-bound transactions, including business structuring, cross-border acquisitions, joint-venture and investment-related matters. James also represents business interests securing government approvals from regulatory agencies.

 

Jonnie Jennings
Attorney, Of-Counsel

Jonnie Jennings is Of-Counsel with Spiritus Law. Jonnie’s practice focuses on estate and trust planning, probate and trust administration, tax and business planning, business formation, and contracts. Jonnie earned her law degree from St. Thomas University School of Law and holds a Master of Law degree in Estate Planning from the University of Miami School of Law. She received her undergraduate degree from West Virginia State University.

 

Anqueisha Jones

Anqueisha Jones
Licensing Paralegal

Anqueisha is a Licensing Paralegal focused on large, multi-jurisdictional retailer expansion projects. She has experience handling retailer commercial transactions involving licensing due diligence and the transfer of various operating permits, alcohol licenses, food service licenses and local land-use approvals. Anqueisha also assists with the development of operational compliance reports and tracking multijurisdictional licenses and renewals for various clients.

 

Marbet Lewis
Attorney, Founding Partner

Marbet Lewis is an attorney at, and co-founder of, Spiritus Law. She  focuses her practice on the laws governing the production, importation, and sale of alcohol beverages to consumers. She represents clients in all aspects of alcohol and business licensing, alcohol advertising regulations, and operational compliance guidance. Marbet serves as the firm’s Managing Partner and is a member of Women of the Vine & Spirits. LEARN MORE

Robert F. Lewis
Attorney, Founding Partner

Robert F. Lewis has worked with the alcohol industry for over 25 years. Rob formerly served as a special agent with the Florida Division of Alcohol Beverage and Tobacco (DABT) and later as an industry advocate and legal counsel. His experience as both a former regulator and a legal practitioner offers clients a unique perspective on enforcement and regulatory issues. LEARN MORE

 

Evadne Maxwell

Evadne Maxwell
Licensing Paralegal

Evadne Maxwell has acquired over 30 years of experience in the alcohol industry as a Regulatory Specialist and field inspector with DABT. She is currently a Licensing Paralegal assisting with the management of licensing projects and the preparation, filing, and monitoring of various land use and business permitting applications throughout the State of Florida. Evadne has experience handling complex hospitality industry commercial transactions involving licensing due diligence and the transfer of various operating permits, alcohol licenses, food service licenses, and local land-use approvals. She earned an A.S. in Business Administration and an A.S. in Accounting Principles in 2008, while working with the DABT, and now focuses her career in assisting clients with various licensing and permitting matters as a member of the Alcohol Industry Group.

 

Loy A. "Tony" Haynes
Regulatory Consultant, Non-Attorney

Tony Haynes supports the firm’s federal regulatory practice as alcohol producers and distributors encounter new regulatory issues resulting from emerging COVID-19 business interruption and required operational changes. Haynes brings vast experience as a governmental consultant advising on licensing and compliance matters relating to alcohol manufacturing, importation and distribution. Haynes is a former chief of the National Revenue Center under the U.S. Treasury's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), now known as the Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau (the “TTB”), one of many positions he held during his 32-year tenure with the ATF. Haynes experience includes assisting with federal licensing and permit processing, trade practice investigations, and excise tax auditing. Haynes has also assisted with drafted rulings, industry circulars, and policy and procedure papers that are current today. He has knowledge and experience in the qualification and maintenance requirements for federal permits, compliance matters, and the resolution of administrative cases resulting from federal investigations of the liquor and firearms industries.

 

 

Debbie Pender

Debra Pender
Regulatory Consultant, Non-Attorney

Debra Pender is a Regulatory Consultant in the Alcohol Industry Group. Debra served as both the Interim Division Director and the Deputy Director of the Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco before her retirement from the agency in 2013. Debra is recognized as one of the architects behind many of the laws governing the retail sale of alcohol in Florida.

 

Susan Ryan

Susan Ryan
Human Resources Manager

Susan is the firms’ Accounting and Human Resources Manager, focusing on all day-to-day accounting functions, including accounts receivable and payable, payroll, banking, account reconciliations, and client billing. Susan is also responsible for developing and implementing the firm’s human resources programs. Susan brings over 15 years of business experience to her role as accounting and human resources manager for Spiritus Law. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Criminal Justice, as well her MBA from St. Thomas University in Miami.

 

Zamani Thomas

Zamani Thomas
Attorney, Of-Counsel

Zamani Thomas is Of-Counsel with Spiritus Law and his practice focuses on corporate formation, acquisitions & agreements, entertainment, music, media and intellectual property law. Zamani is also a consultant for entertainment professionals in the music and media industry.