Elizabeth A. DeConti: Lawyer with GrayRobinson, P.A.

Elizabeth A. DeConti

Tampa,  FL  U.S.A.

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AV® Preeminent

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Practice Areas

  • Alcohol Beverage
  • International
  • Residential
  • Resort & Club
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Hospitality
  • Restaurant
  • Litigation
  • Food Law
University Yale University, B.A., Renaissance Studies, cum laude, with Distinction, 1993
Law SchoolUniversity of Miami School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1996
Admitted1996, Florida; 1997, Connecticut; U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida; U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida; U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit; U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Association & Membership

•The Florida Bar
•The Connecticut Bar
•American Bar Association
•Federal Bar Association
•Hillsborough County Bar Association

LanguagesItalian and French

Elizabeth is a shareholder in the Tampa office and is a member of the firm's Alcohol Beverage and Food Team. Prior to joining GrayRobinson, she was a partner with the Tampa office of Holland & Knight and a judicial clerk for the Honorable Antoinette L. Dupont, chief judge of the Connecticut Appellate Court. She earned her bachelor's cum laude and with distinction in renaissance studies from Yale University in 1993 and then received her juris doctor cum laude in 1996 from the University of Miami School of Law, where she was a Harvey T. Reid Scholar.

Awarded the highest rating assigned by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory AV, she focuses her practice on litigation and compliance matters related to the rules, regulation and business practices that govern the marketing, sale and consumption of malt beverages, wine, distilled spirits and other regulated products in the alcohol and food industry.

Elizabeth's trial experience includes commercial, franchise, intellectual property and Americans with Disabilities Act cases litigated on behalf of major breweries, alcohol suppliers, wholesalers, retailers and other members of the hospitality industry in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies throughout the United States. In addition to her court experience, she represents many clients in alternative dispute resolution. She also advises clients on issues pertaining to trade regulation and marketing practices in the food and beverage industry and concentrates on regulatory compliance as well as advertising and promotional law. Elizabeth also drafts contracts related to advertising, distribution, importation and related issues associated with the food and beverage industry.

In addition, she is fluent in Italian and French and advises European clients on international and domestic matters. Elizabeth's international experience has included the negotiation, sale and purchase of Italian wineries, liaising with Italian law firms on litigation matters pending in Italy and the United States; representation of several German breweries; and advising and counseling foreign entities seeking to export products from Western Europe into the U.S.

Elizabeth is a member of The Florida Bar and The Connecticut Bar and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, as well as the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Florida. Additionally, she is a member of the American Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association and the Hillsborough County Bar Association. She is also a frequent lecturer to the alcohol beverage and hospitality industries.

Awards & Recognitions

Chambers USA, Food & Beverages: Alcohol, 2011-2015
•Florida Super Lawyers, 2006
•Tampa Top Rated Lawyer, Alcohol Beverage, 2013


•American Cancer Society, Greater Tampa - member, operating board, 2002-2006
•American Heart Association of Tampa Bay - Board of Directors, 1999-present
•Yale Club of Tampa Bay - director, 2001-present
•Tampa Hope Club - member, capital campaign committee, 2001-2002
•Sacred Heart Church, parishioner

Articles & Publications

Food and Beverage Liability Update, 2006
Beverage Marketing, 2005
Ingredients of a Food Related Lawsuit, 2005
An Introduction to Food Liability, 2004
Liability Arising From Service of Alcohol Beverages to Minors and How to Avoid It, 2004
What Is Dram Shop Liability?, 2004
Food & Beverage Liability Issues, 2004
Beer, Bad Oysters, and Other Pitfalls: A Food and Beverage Liability Update, 2004
Emerging Trends in Dram Shop Liability Law, 2003
Michigan Liquor Control Commission Issues Bulletin Restricting Combination Package of Wine, 2000
Iowa Undergoes Review of Alcohol Rules and Regulations, 2000
Wineries Win First Round in Attack on Illinois' New Wine and Spirit Franchise Law, 2000
Automobile Forfeiture Laws Crack Down on Drunk Drivers, 1999

Presentations & Seminars

•“Regulatory Aspects of Mergers & Acquisitions: How to Gobble Up Chains and Licensed Retailers, ” Hospitality Law Conference, February 10, 2015
•“Alcohol Promotions, ” Hospitality Law Conference, February 10, 2015
•“Beverage Licensing Challenges in Mixed Use Developments, ” Hospitality Law Conference, February 9, 2015
•“Putting a Mixed-Use Deal Together Including Entertainment, Restaurants, EB-5 Financing, and Retail, ” Hospitality Law Conference, February 9, 2015
• Legal Issues Related to Alcohol and Food-Related Social Media Advertising Campaigns, National Association of Licensing and Compliance Professionals - October 11, 2012
•Live Interactive Webinar: Developing a Responsible Alcohol Policy, presented by HospitalityLawyer.com - November 4, 2009

Related News

•GrayRobinson National Alcohol Beverage Attorneys to Present at 10th Annual NALCP Conference
Chambers USA Recognizes 24 GrayRobinson Attorneys and 7 Practice Areas
•2015 Hospitality Law Conference Featuring GrayRobinson, P.A.
•Elizabeth DeConti Interviewed by Tampa's WFLA Channel 8 for Story “Tampa's Ray Jay Bar Caught Serving Water as Booze”
•How to Market Alcohol Beverages Legally Using Social Media


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Office Information

Elizabeth A. DeConti

401 East Jackson Street, Suite 2700
TampaFL 33602


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