The Team

Alcohol Licensing & Business Permitting Professionals

Our team of licensing paralegals is dedicated to the Alcohol Industry Group. We effectively utilize the experience of our licensing professionals, and various consultants and planning services professionals, for the day-to-day project status tracking, application processing, local use approval monitoring and interaction with government officials. See below for a listing of select licensing paralegals which will manage the progress of licensing by region in conjunction with our attorneys and consultants.

Adrian Avila

Licensing Professional

Adrian is a Florida certified paralegal working with a variety of diverse clients on various licensing and permitting, litigations defense and administrative enforcement matters.  He has experience managing large scale licensing projects and assisting with file management and coordination of federal, state and local approvals.  Adrian also assists the firm’s attorneys with development of compliance guidance for clients in highly regulated areas.

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Anqueisha Jones

Licensing Professional

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 mutli-jurisdictional licenses and renewals for various clients.

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Evadne  Maxwell

Licensing Professional

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.

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Marilyn Coizeau

 Licensing Professional

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.

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Yamile Brito

Licensing Professional

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.

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Christine Kachmar

Licensing Coordinator

Christine "Tina" Kachmar worked with the Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco (DABT) for 35 years prior to joining Spiritus Law Law as a licensing coordinator. Tina served as an application processor, supervisor and regional manager while working with DABT. Tina has worked closely with DABT employees, law enforcement agencies, other public service offices, local authorities, political representatives, retailers, manufacturers, distributors, applicants, and the general public in the preparation, review and processing of alcohol license applications. Having an extensive understanding of the Florida Beverage Laws and Administrative Code, Tina was selected to serve on the Florida Administrative Code Committee where she updated and assisted with development of Administrative Rules. Also having extensive knowledge of the DABT’s internal processes, policies, procedures, and practices, Tina assisted in the update of policies and procedures as well as development of the Licensing Training Program for new DABT employees. At Spiritus Law, Tina assists with coordination of application preparation and processing as well as licensing paralegal training on new rules and licensing procedures.

Joe Carpintero

Facilities Manager

Joe Carpintero is the firm’s office services and facilities manager. He 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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Susan Ryan

Human Resources Manager

Susan is the 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 M.B.A. from St. Thomas University in Miami.

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Debra B. Pender

Regulatory Consultant*

Debra Pender is a consultant in the Administrative Litigation and Alcohol Industry Group. Prior to joining the firm, she 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 focuses on assisting clients with alcohol license qualification and approval processes, alcoholic beverage and tobacco regulatory compliance issues and government initiatives concerning the manufacturing, importation, distribution and retail sale of alcohol beverages. Debra has 35 years of experience working with various aspects of alcohol and tobacco policy including overseeing the functions of the Bureaus of Licensing, Auditing, and Law Enforcement within the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation's Division of Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco.

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Thomas Busey

Regulatory Consultant*

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.

*Not admitted to the practice of law.


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