By Epiphany Communications and Coaching*
John Doyle is a solo practitioner with the Doyle Law Office, PLLC, practicing liquor license law throughout the state of Michigan. He has 31 years of experience in liquor law matters. He has handled all kinds of liquor matters for all types of liquor licenses and applicants, as well as violation matters and appeals with the Michigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC). “I am also general counsel for two statewide county based Non-Government Organizations (NGO). “I do probate work, as well as other business-related legal matters.”
As a new MIRA member, Doyle was intrigued by the association’s history and services. “The wide variety of services and programs that MIRA offers its members is quite impressive,” he said. “Many of my clients are MIRA members and had very complimentary things to say about the association. The variety of the membership types makes MIRA look like a great platform to connect with others in the industry. The fact that MIRA has been around so long speaks volumes to its long-term past and future successes in the field.”
Doyle can provide start-to-finish legal services to members regarding liquor license, and related licensing such as lottery, Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) and matters as well as the buying and selling of related assets and real estate.
Besides the MLCC application, violation and appeal processes, Doyle consults on best employer/employee practices for the sale of alcohol and tobacco, “which everyone knows are controlled substances and must be sold in a manner that is 100% safe to the public,” he said.
“John Doyle has done work for our company and most of the fuel dealers we supply,” Michael G. Mitchell of Markham Oil/Markham Enterprise Inc. “We used to do the majority of our MLCC work ourselves and we did a fair job. After working with John, we realized that although we could do it in-house the time and effort it took away from other projects and day-to-day operations came at a higher cost than what John charged us to do it. He is fair priced, honest, and dependable and we consider him to be a strong asset for our team and a friend.”
When he is not practicing law, Doyle enjoys golf, skiing, taking walks and reading.
Doyle earned his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service (BSFS 1989) and earned his law degree at Marquette University Law School in 1992.
“In my early practice I did a lot of litigation but have since concentrated more on my administrative law and business practice,” he said. “While a lot of members are facing similar issues of rising costs and difficulty stocking some specific alcoholic brands, in my opinion the biggest ongoing issue facing MIRA members is ensuring compliance with the law prohibiting the sale of alcohol and tobacco to minors. Not only can sales to minors lead to tragic consequences in the community and be extremely costly to members in the form of fines, possible license suspensions and attorney fees, it can result in members who are seeking to expand the number of licensed locations being denied approval for the new location by the MLCC based on the member’s past operating history.”
MIRA members can reach John Doyle at (517) 204-7721.
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