MIAMI (June 06, 2022) – Spiritus Law, a Florida-based law firm serving clients in the hospitality and alcohol industries, announced that it is restructuring the firm to better reflect its entrepreneurial spirit and collaborative team culture. The restructuring also showcases an increasing trend of law firms branching out to offer a broader range of services and business counseling to clients.
The firm announced that it is eliminating traditional partner titles to promote a more team-oriented culture. New titles focus on enhancing collaboration and include Team Manager, Team Leader, Team Coordinator, Team Administrator, Team Assistant, and Teammate. Attorney compensation will support and promote entrepreneurial effort in building business at all levels rather than just for partners. Additionally, the firm’s compensation schedule for paralegal and administrative positions will continue to include mid and year-end bonus incentives and monthly MVP awards, which are practices the firm adopted in 2021. The firm is also moving to a peer-review evaluation process that will include a review of immediate administrative supervisors.
As part of this restructuring, Co-Founding Partner and CEO Marbet Lewis will be redirecting her efforts on managerial duties as the firm’s Team Manager along with co-founding partner Robert Lewis. During the pandemic, Marbet shifted her role’s focus away from management to focus on improving client development following the pandemic’s devastating impact on more than 90% of the firm’s original client base while juggling homeschooling responsibilities. During this period, she focused not only on keeping current clients engaged during those dark days for the hospitality industry but also on bringing new clients to the firm.
As a Team Manager, her goals for the firm are to help the firm’s evolution and ongoing expansion. This includes rebuilding and refocusing the firm’s culture, which suffered during the pandemic’s isolation for extended periods and implementing a more modern approach to how law firms are managed
"Our firm felt the impacts of the pandemic right along with our clients. Our experience taught us that firms need to innovate and evolve by incorporating some remote work positions and compensation incentives that support entrepreneurial goals,” said Lewis. “We want a culture based on teamwork and not hierarchy, we are modernizing our culture in a way that will capture the spirit of our work, team atmosphere, strategic counsel we provide our clients, and emphasis on collaboration.”
The firm is in a period of transition and growth as a result of the rapid come-back of the alcohol and hospitality industries post-pandemic. To meet Spiritus Law’s growing demand for specialized services in real estate and alcohol regulatory law, the firm has gone through a transformation period in recent months. Case in point: Spiritus Law recently announced that former Secretary of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation Halsey W. Beshears joined Spiritus Law as Chair of the firm’s Lobbying and Government Relations Practice. The firm also announced Dominic “Nico” A. Romano as a Partner who will help expand the firm’s Real Estate practice.
“During the pandemic, our clients came to rely on Spiritus Law as not just service providers, but also key counselors on all legal aspects of their business,” said Robert Lewis, Co-Founding Partner and also a Team Manager at Spiritus Law. “This evolution in our practice model set the stage for post-pandemic growth and the addition of new practice areas. We hope these changes will further our firm’s evolution and continue to promote the collaborative and entrepreneurial nature of our firm.”
Spiritus Law, an entrepreneurial regulatory and business law firm, provides a full complement of services for the hospitality and alcohol industries. It is nationally recognized in alcohol licensing and food service law, federal, state, and local regulatory and business licensing, hospitality law and amenity service licensing, alcohol marketing and social media compliance, commercial and residential real estate development, land use and zoning, real estate transactions, government relations, banking and lending, small business start-up services, and public/private partnership transactions. Since the onset of the Coronavirus Pandemic in March 2020, Spiritus Law has worked hand in hand with its clients to help stabilize and grow their businesses in a post-pandemic environment.