Ex-ATF Division Chief Joins South Florida’s Spiritus Law as Regulatory Consultant
A former chief at the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives joins Spiritus Law in Coral Gables as a federal regulatory consultant.
Loy A. “Tony” Haynes, former chief of the National Revenue Center at the U.S. Treasury Department’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, joined Spiritus Law in Coral Gables as a federal regulatory consultant.
Haynes, who is not an attorney, has worked with the firm’s legal team following a 32-year career with ATF, where he headed what’s now the Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau.
In his new position, he will support the firm’s federal regulatory practice as alcohol producers and distributors encounter new regulatory issues ranging from COVID-19 business interruption issues to related operational changes.
Haynes’ experience includes advising on licensing and compliance matters about alcohol manufacturing, importation and distribution.
“Tony has worked with members of our team for over 20 years, and we welcome him back full time.” said Robert F. Lewis, the firm’s co-founding partner. “Our ongoing collaboration has always resulted in innovative solutions for our clients, and we hope that formalizing our relationship will facilitate communication and execution of client objectives as we realize the new normal within our industry and adjust to shifting client needs.”
Haynes has helped with federal licensing and permit processing, trade practice investigations and excise tax auditing. He also helped draft rulings, industry circulars, and policy and procedure papers that are still in use.
He has experience with the qualification and maintenance requirements for federal permits, compliance matters and the resolution of administrative cases resulting from federal investigations in the liquor and firearms industries.
The firm’s website lists four attorneys and three non-attorney consultants.
About Spiritus Law:
Spiritus Law is an entrepreneurial regulatory and business law firm focused on the representation of highly regulated industries by offering legal services in the areas of alcohol and tobacco law, federal, state and local regulatory and business licensing, hospitality law and licensing, commercial and residential real estate development, land use and zoning, real estate transactions, government relations, banking and lending, general commercial retail including the retail sale of regulated products and public/private partnership transactions. The Firm is founded on traditional principles of client counseling and teamwork with a cutting-edge twist on regulatory innovation and modern problem-solving. Spiritus Law combines a unique blend of professionals, including attorneys, government consultants, licensing assistants and paralegals to assist its diverse clients. Our modern approach to transparent client representation and employee engagement defines our collaborative spirit and progressive energy.
Primary service areas include: Alcohol Licensing & Regulatory Compliance, Retail & Hospitality Licensing & Permitting, Real Estate Transactions & Commercial Development, Firearms & Security Compliance, Public/Private Infrastructure &Development, Tobacco Product Regulatory Compliance, and Business Transactions & Financial Services. Our firm services an array of highly regulated industries, including alcohol producers, sports teams, hotels, restaurants, theme parks, movie theaters, grocery stores, liquor stores, bars, residential and commercial real estate developers, state agencies, municipal governments, investment firms and individual investors, lending institutions, security service providers, firearms suppliers and more.