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RICHARD M. BLAU is the chair of Gray Robinson's Alcohol Beverage and Food Department and presides over the firm's Alcohol Industry Team. Mr. Blau and his colleagues focus on the rules, regulations and business practices that govern the marketing, sale and consumption of distilled spirits, wine, beer and other licensed beverages. He also works closely with representatives of state and federal government, drafting administrative rules and proposed legislation - both on behalf of clients and at the request of regulators. Mr. Blau earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Brandeis University and his Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center. He is admitted to practice law in the following courts: U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of International Trade, U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 11th and Federal circuits, U.S. District Courts for the Middle and Southern districts of Florida, U.S. Court of Military Appeals, Florida Supreme Court, the New York Court of Appeals and the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. Additionally, he is an elected member of the American Law Institute. Mr. Blau is a member of The Florida Bar, the District of Columbia Bar, the New York State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association and the American Association for Justice. He recently concluded six years of service as the chair of the American Bar Association's Committee on Beverage Alcohol Practice and is a member of the Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys (AHIA). He also is an industry member of the National Conference of State Liquor Administrators (NCSLA), as well as the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association (NABCA).
VIJAY S. CHOKSI is an attorney at Kelley Kronenberg and is a member of the firm's Regulated Substances Practice Group, and has been advising companies seeking to enter the East Coast cannabis, CBD, and hemp markets. He has advised companies on medical marijuana business licensing requirements and Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers on regulatory audit compliance issues and routinely counsels physicians on regulatory and healthcare implications associated with incorporating medical marijuana into either their existing or newly formed healthcare practice. Mr. Choksi also works with middle market cannabis-based and auxiliary companies seeking to secure funding, strategic horizontal/vertical B2B partnerships, and sourcing of financial and strategic buyers. He frequently speaks and presents on cannabis issues at seminars throughout Florida and has presented to school officials on implementing medical marijuana access protocols for student and employee populations for some of the largest public school districts and universities in the United States. Mr. Choksi started his passion for marijuana while working in the Florida Senate, by virtue of his selection as UCF Legislative Scholar. During his time at the Florida Senate, he was able to witness the transition of public policy as it relates to cannabis and continues to follow legislative rule-making processes surrounding cannabis across the state of Florida and United States. Mr. Choksi has also been featured in the South Florida Hospital News, Preferred Governmental Insurance Trust, Sun-Sentinel, the South Florida Business Journal, and other prominent publications; and frequently speaks at marijuana-based seminars and other professional conferences; and was contributing author of Cannabis: A Clinician's Guide, a textbook publication for physicians and healthcare professionals. Mr. Choksi serves on the Board of Palm Beach India Association and is a member of the National Cannabis Bar Association and American Health Lawyers Association. He received his dual B.A. and B.S. degrees in Legal Studies from the University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida; and earned his J.D. degree from Nova Southeastern University College of Law, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
LUKE C. LIROT is a sole practitioner with The Law Offices of Luke Lirot, P.A., he has been deeply involved in the representation of all aspects of civil rights cases and the adult entertainment industry and has been known as a passionate advocate in both the Tampa Bay Area and nationally for the last 20 years. After getting his law degree from the University of San Francisco and serving as an intern in the Public Defender's Office in 1986, Mr. Lirot returned to Florida and began his career when hired by Florida adult entertainment entrepreneur Joe Redner. He is an active member and past president of the First Amendment Lawyers' Association and has actively participated in numerous state and federal legal battles. Having developed expertise in every area of the operation of adult businesses, he has vast experience in every level of administrative, municipal and judicial issues facing the adult entertainment industry. Having practiced in Florida, Illinois, North Carolina, South Carolina, Wisconsin, Delaware, New York, Mississippi, Alabama, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Texas and Iowa, Mr. Lirot has fought in the trenches for his clients and he has won many critical First Amendment cases, having over 60 reported decisions to his credit. He won the case that established that the internet was not subject to the geographic limitations of adult regulations, and has also protected the First Amendment rights of police officers, political activists, priests, students, government workers and political candidates.
RANDALL O. REDER is the principal of Randall O. Reder, P.A., in Tampa. Mr. Reder's law practice emphasizes real estate law including title law, easements, and mortgage foreclosure defense. His practice also includes appellate, business, and probate law. Mr. Reder is a member of the Attorney’s Title Insurance Fund, Bay Area Real Estate Council, Carrollwood Community Bar Association, and Hillsborough County bar associations. He has lectured on boundary disputes, road and access law, landlord tenant law, title disputes, insurance, corporate, and computer related issues. Mr. Reder earned his B.S. degree from the University of South Florida and his J.D. degree from Florida State University. He served as senior attorney for seven years for Chief Justice Joseph A. Boyd, Jr. Mr. Reder is a contributing writer to The Supreme Court of Florida and Its Predecessor Courts, 1821-1917. He is the author of the chapter on corporations published by The Florida Bar in its manual Florida Small Business Practice. He has been in private practice as a sole practitioner since 1988. Mr. Reder writes and distributes by e-mail, a digest of Florida appellate opinions called the Weekly Reder.
PAULA SAVCHENKO, ESQ. is an associate attorney at the Law Offices of Moffa, Sutton, & Donnini, P.A., based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Ms. Savchenko primarily practices in the areas of Taxation and Administrative Law matters, as she represents businesses and individuals in their dealings with government agencies. More specifically, most of her work involves state and local taxation and regulatory matters. Ms. Savchenko received both her Bachelors and J.D. degree from Nova Southeastern University. Additionally, she writes extensively on the topics of tax and Florida's licensing process of Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers. She is also an active member of the Florida Bar Administrative Law Section and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Tax Council.