Rebecca Stamey-White is a legal advocate, advisor and strategist focusing her practice on the laws related to the sale, distribution and marketing of alcoholic beverages and medical and adult use cannabis. She is a partner with Hinman & Carmichael LLP, a nationally recognized boutique law firm representing the alcoholic beverage, hospitality and cannabis industries and their service providers. Rebecca provides licensing, distribution, compliance and trade practice business advice for regulated industries and defends clients in state agency protest and accusation hearings and federal alcohol investigations. She has a special interest in crafting legally-compliant advertising, social media, promotions and events and advising unlicensed third party providers and technology companies serving regulated industries.
Prior to Hinman & Carmichael, Rebecca was an associate in the San Francisco litigation group of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where she worked on post-Granholm litigation involving constitutional challenges to state alcohol regulatory statutes and provided regulatory advice to California wine industry businesses. Rebecca received her Bachelor of Arts degree in History & International Studies from Northwestern University and her juris doctor from Northwestern University School of Law.
COMMUNITY AND PROFESSIONAL INVOLVEMENT
Rebecca is a frequent speaker at industry conferences, law schools and continuing legal education programs on the latest legal issues in the alcoholic beverage and cannabis industries. She is an active member of many of the alcohol beverage industry organizations, including the Wine Institute, the Rhone Rangers, the Zinfandel Advocates & Producers, the California Music & Culture Association, the National Conference of State Liquor Administrators (NCSLA) and the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association (NABCA). In the cannabis space, Rebecca is an active member of Women Grow, a professional network of female cannabis entrepreneurs, the National Cannabis Bar Association and the California Cannabis Industry Association. During the ski season, she volunteers as a national ski patroller at Northstar California Ski Resort in Lake Tahoe.
Conversational French, Italian, and Spanish.
“Alcohol Law 2019: At what cost, disruption?” Practicing Law Institute (Upcoming, 5/10/19, San Francisco, CA)
“Wine Regulatory Trends” ShipCompliant Wine Summit (Upcoming, 5/20/19, Napa, CA)
“Smoking Out the Issues and Challenges in the Legalization of Cannabis,” American Bar Association Annual Meeting (Upcoming, 8/9/19, San Francisco, CA)
“Cannabis: Business Fundamentals / Lessons Learned from the Alcohol Industry," Practicing Law Institute (4/16/19, San Francisco, CA)
“Legal Cannabis in California: A Year Later,” Regional Leadership Forum, Wine Institute & CAWG (3/11/19, Sacramento, CA)
"An Introduction to Alcoholic Beverage & Cannabis Law," Culinary Institute of America Wine and Beverage Graduate Certificate Program (2/22/19, St. Helena, CA)
“What Wine Marketers Need to Know about Cannabis and the New Cannabis Consumer,” Unified Wine & Grape Symposium (1/29/19, Sacramento, CA)
"Implications and Intersections of Cannabis and the Wine Industry," SommCon (11/15/18, San Diego, CA)
"Alcohol in Cannabis: Spectator or Participant," NCSLA (10/29/18, Pasadena, CA)
"Wine & Cannabis CLE," AIDV (9/30/18, Napa, CA)
"Moving Your Brand to the Big Leagues," BevCon LA (8/19/18, LA, CA)
"Bang for your Buck: Getting the best ROI on Events," BevCon LA (8/19/18, LA, CA)
"Wine & Weed Events," Wine & Weed Symposium (8/2/18, Santa Rosa, CA)
"Making Health Claims under FDA Scrutiny," NCBA Presents CLE at NCIA Cannabis Business Summit & Expo (7/25/18, San Jose, CA)
"Who is your client anyway? Ethical 'watch-outs' for when industry practitioners seek legal advice from regulators," National Conference of State Liquor Authorities Annual Conference (6/19/18, Waikoloa, HI)
"Keeping It Legal: What You Can & Can't Do," Central Coast Wine & Weed Conference (5/10/18, San Luis Obispo, CA)
"The Digital Age - Roundtable on New Technologies Impacting the Industry," CLE International Wine, Beer & Spirits Conference (4/23/18, SF, CA)
"Social Media Influencer Marketing," Craft Beverage Expo (11/7/17, Portland, OR)
"Compliant Alcohol Digital Marketing," eBev (11/3/17, Las Vegas, NV)
"An Introduction to Alcoholic Beverage & Cannabis Law," Culinary Institute of America Wine and Beverage Graduate Certificate Program (10/27/17, St. Helena, CA)
"Hot Topics," NCSLA Central/Western Regional Conference (10/1/17, Indianapolis, IN)
"Keeping It Legal: What You Can & Can't Do," Wine & Weed Conference (8/3/17, Santa Rosa, CA)
"Three Tiers and Tied Houses: From the 21st Amendment to the 21st Century," Sonoma State University EMBA Program Guest Lecturer (6/20/2017, Santa Rosa, CA)
"ABC Enforcement Priorities," NCSLA Annual Conference (6/13/17, Denver, CO)
Permitting Panel - North Bay Business Journal Cannabis Industry Conference (5/9/17, Santa Rosa, CA)
"Legal Issues in Social Media"- Wine Institute MarCom 2017 (4/18/17, Santa Rosa, CA)
"Marijuana & Wine: Understanding New Competition to Build New Opportunities" - Wine Industry Expo (Santa Rosa, CA 12/1/16)
"Post-Election Analysis of the Legalization of Marijuana: Where Do We Go from Here?" - Webinar (11/10/16)
"Social Media & Event Promotion" - CEB Wine Law Forum 2016 (11/3/16, Santa Barbara, CA)
"Improving the Regulatory Process: A Case Study in Marijuana and Alcohol" - NCSLA Conference (9/26/16, Austin, TX)
"Managing Retailer Relationships" – ShipCompliant Direct Conference (6/24/16, San Francisco, CA)
"Social Media Do's & Don'ts for Alcohol & Cannabis" – Practicing Law Institute Hot Topics in Advertising Law (6/9/16, New York, NY)
"Elevated Cannabis Compliance Conference, AB-243 & AB-266 – What You NEED to Know" / "Distribution & Transportation Licensing Basics" (two sessions, 4/16-17/16, Santa Rosa, CA)
"Going (Inter)national" - Women Grow Leadership Summit, Denver, Co (2/5/16)
"Canna Business Legal FAQs" - Women Grow Bay Area Signature Networking Event, Oakland, CA (1/7/16)
"Millennials: Their Time Has Come" - NCSLA Central/Western Regional Conference, Seattle, WA (9/28/15)
"The New Business of Cannabis" - Business & Professional Caucus, California Democratic Party, Burlingame, CA (8/14/15)
"Keynote: Social Media & Legal Regulations" - Wine Industry Technology Symposium (WITS), Napa, CA (6/25/15)
"California Licensing" - ShipCompliant DIRECT Conference, Napa, CA (5/29/15)
"Event 'Opportunities' - What's Best for My Business?" - Craft Beverage Expo, Santa Clara, CA (5/2015)
"Getting the Most Bang for Your Advertising Buck" - Craft Beverage Expo, Santa Clara, CA (5/2015)
"So You Want to Sell Booze in California?" - Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB), online (4/2015)
"Compliant and Effective Social Media and Marketing" - American Distilling Institute Craft Spirits Conference, Louisville, KY (4/2015)
"Emerging Issues in Wine Law" - Palo Alto Area Bar Association, Palo Alto, CA (2/2015)
“Are Your Ads and Marketing Programs in Compliance?” – Craft Beverage Expo, San Jose, CA (5/2014)
“Toward Cannabis Control: Comparing Pioneer States and Alcohol Regulation Models” – UC Davis School of Law Wine and the Law Course, Davis, CA (4/2014)
“Evolution of Couponing” - National Alcoholic Beverage Control Association (NABCA), Washington, D.C. (3/2014)
“Emerging Issues in Alcoholic Beverage Law: Social Media and Advertising Practices” – UC Davis School of Law King Hall Wine Society Presentation, Davis, CA (4/2013)
“California Liquor License Issues” – 31st Annual Real Property Retreat, State Bar of California, Lake Tahoe, CA (5/2012)
Featured in Beverage Industry News article, April 2019 “Cannabis: Friend or Foe of Alcohol?”
Featured in Forbes article, February 19, 2019 “Rules for Legal, Wine-Focused Social Media Posts are Changing”
Featured in Forbes article, November 6, 2018 “Cannabis Beer And Wine Are Here, But Are They Here To Stay?”
The Daily Journal, July 21, 2018 "Will CBD land California business owners in hot water?" by Rebecca Stamey-White
Featured in The Press Democrat's news article, December 1, 2016 "Sonoma County Wineries Ponder Possibility of Paring With Cannabis Industry"
Quoted in Leafly's news article, September 30, 2016 "13 Things You Might Not Know About California's Prop. 64"
Quoted in Leafly's news article, August 16, 2016 "Federal Court Bars Justice Department From Prosecuting Medical Cannabis"
Quoted in Wine Spectator, Unfiltered, October 15, 2015: "California Tries, Fails to Address Confusing Social Media Laws"
"Continuing to add all of these narrow exceptions, instead of trying to create a more comprehensive solution to the tied-house laws, creates an environment where it's even hard for a lawyer specializing in alcoholic beverage law to figure out a compliant social-media strategy, let alone a small winery that doesn't have a legal team on hand to clear each social-media post.”
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