Ms. Yohey’s hospitality practice encompasses advising 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, Ms. Yohey 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.
Ms. Yohey 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 Ms. Yohey’s practice 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. Ms. Yohey also assists with the formation of not-for-profits and obtaining state and federal tax-exempt status for such entities.
Ms. Yohey also represents 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, Ms. Yohey 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. Ms. Yohey advises 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.
Ms. Yohey 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.
Honors and Recognitions
•National Association of Licensing Compliance Professionals, Most Valuable Associate Member (2014)
Speeches and Presentations
•“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)
In the News
October 14, 2016
New York Law Journal
Kenneth Shapiro and Alissa Yohey Discuss JCOPE's Proposed Guidelines for Lobbying Regulations
Kenneth Shapiro and Alissa Yohey discuss the new draft lobbying and funding regulations released by the Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) in Ethics Board Proposes Enhanced Guidelines for NY Lobbyists, published in New York Law Journal.Subscription may be required to view article
September 14, 2016
Wolters Kluwer Employment Law Daily
William Anthony and Vincent Cino Comment on Jackson Lewis' Albany Expansion
William Anthony and Vincent Cino comment on Jackson Lewis' expanded capabilities now that a group of New York State government relations and health law attorneys have joined the firm’s Albany and New York offices in Jackson Lewis Powers Up NY Government Relations, Health Care Practices, published by Wolters...
September 6, 2016
Jackson Lewis Expands Government Relations Capabilities in New York; Adds Health Law and Transactions, Lobby Law Compliance Groups
WHITE PLAINS, NY (September 6, 2016) As announced in July, Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, has expanded its existing workplace law capabilities with the addition of a group of New York State government relations and health care attorneys formerly with Wilson Elser. In the firm’s...
January 2, 2019
New York City Considers Ban on Restaurants, Retailers From Refusing to Accept Cash
A bill to ban restaurant and retail establishments in New York City from going cashless has been introduced in the New York City Council.The bill’s sponsor, Council Member Ritchie Torres, introduced the measure amid a growing number of retail establishments adopting credit or debit card-only business models. He asserts that the...
December 26, 2018
New York State Comprehensive Lobbying Regulations Overview
New York State’s first-ever Comprehensive Lobbying Regulations were approved by the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) and will take full effect on January 1, 2019. The new regulations incorporate and replace a patchwork of guidance documents, advisory opinions, and interpretations of New York’s Lobbying Act, dating...
January 29, 2018
Proposed Amendment to New York Alcoholic Beverage Control Law Affects Hotels in State
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed language in his budget amending the definition of a “Hotel” under the state Alcoholic Beverage Control (“ABC”) Law Section 3(14) to eliminate the requirement for hotels to have a restaurant in the building of the hotel.Currently, in order for a hotel to qualify for a “Hotel” liquor license...
Professional Associations and Activities
•National Association of Alcoholic Beverage Licensing Attorneys
•National Association of Licensing and Compliance Professionals
•New York State Bar Association
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