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Robert C. LehrmanMichael E. Volz, Associate Attorney

Michael E. Volz is an Attorney at Lehrman Beverage Law, PLLC. He joined the firm in 2013, and advises food and alcoholic beverage entities on corporate and regulatory compliance matters.

Michael’s focus is on:

  • nationwide alcoholic beverage licensing for all three tiers of the alcoholic beverage distribution system
  • corporate and tied house laws, including prohibited interests across the three tiers of distribution
  • state franchise law, including distribution agreements, brand registrations, and brand terminations
  • online direct-to-consumer shipment of alcoholic beverages
  • advising alcohol beverage companies on regulatory and compliance matters
  • regulatory compliance for legal marijuana and cannabis businesses
  • alcoholic beverage excise tax matters
  • representation before state ABC boards for license violations
  • state franchise law, including distribution agreements, brand registrations, and brand terminations
  • business entity formation

Recent representative matters:

  • represented entity in $130+ million-dollar acquisition of hotel
  • represented international hotel chain in $70.2 million-dollar loan and $9.8 million-dollar mezzanine loan agreements
  • represented publicly traded entity in obtaining regulatory licenses prior to opening of new hotel
  • represented international furniture and home goods company in beverage licensing and advertising/marketing compliance
  • represented international clothing brand in private label alcoholic beverage advertising/marketing.
  • represented defendant in dispute against three state alcoholic beverage agencies for 6+ months of unpaid excise taxes.

Michael is a 2014 graduate of the George Mason University School of Law. Michael is licensed to practice law in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

During law school, Michael concentrated his studies on international and administrative law, as well as litigation. He spent two years serving on the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court Team and one year working at the Office of the County Attorney in Arlington, Virginia where he argued motions before the General District Court. Michael has a longstanding interest in the food and beverage industry. Before his pursuit of legal studies, Michael attended culinary school where he worked at restaurants as both a bartender and chef for over eight years. Michael was a Division I rugby player in college and now spends his time pursuing photography and travel.

Michael can be reached at 202-449-3739, ext. 707. His fax number is 202-478-5189. His e-mail address is

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