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Hospitality and Alcoholic Beverage Law Group Expands

Bose McKinney & Evans LLP is pleased to announce the Hospitality and Alcoholic Beverage Law Group has expanded with the addition of Melissa Coxey and Jennifer Drewry, each joining the law firm as of counsel.

“With the complexities of alcoholic beverage regulations for restaurants, bars, Indiana’s ever-growing number of brewers, distillers, and wineries, entertainment venues and retailers, as well as the overall growth of the hospitality industry in the Midwest, we saw a need for even greater capacity in the firm’s resources,” Lisa McKinney, chair of the Hospitality and Alcoholic Beverage Law Group, said. “We are fortunate to add Melissa Coxey and Jennifer Drewry to our team and to utilize their experience from working at the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission and with alcoholic beverage permitees around the State.”

Melissa CoxeyCoxey brings extensive agency experience, having served as a commissioner and staff attorney for the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission for nearly 10 years, as a gubernatorial appointee by Governor Mike Pence.  Throughout her tenure, Coxey adjudicated and participated in hearings and investigations; engaged in complaint resolution in cases before the commission; served as the primary legal advisor and advocate for the Indiana State Excise Police; acted as a liaison to other state and federal agencies on legal matters; represented the agency as the primary contact regarding commission jurisdiction, procedures and statutory interpretation; and researched and interpreted laws, regulations and legal opinions relating to agency operations and the alcoholic beverage industry in Indiana.  Additionally, Coxey served as primary agency contact to the Indiana General Assembly and Office of the Indiana Attorney General.

Coxey is a graduate of the Indiana University McKinney School of Law – Indianapolis. Prior to joining the Alcohol and Tobacco Commission, she concentrated her areas of practice in civil litigation and employment law.

Coxey is a member of the Marion County Board of Zoning Appeals, serves as a precinct chair for the Marion County Democrat Party and is a member of the Indianapolis Bar Association, Saint Barnabas Parish, Saint Barnabas Parish MOMs and Classical Conversations Indy.

Prior to private practice, Drewry served as prosecutor for the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission for nearly 10 years, as a gubernatorial appointee by Mitch Daniels. In that role, she prosecuted before the Commission all violations of laws of all permit holders throughout the State pertaining to alcohol beverages and tobacco. She gained a wide range of experience in how to address agency decision making practices, the steps to be taken to streamline the application and procurement process, and when required, how to meet the evidentiary and legal procedures and standards for successfully meeting a governmental challenge to securing and/or maintaining permits, alleged violations and addressing threatened or actual adversarial agency actions in both agency and judicial proceedings.

Now in pJennifer Drewryrivate practice, Drewry offers guidance, advice and advocacy to companies and businesses that either are seeking alcoholic beverage permits or needing assistance in maintaining permits and meeting the multi-faceted compliance requirements in the highly regulated alcohol and tobacco industry. She also advises breweries, distillers, retailers, restaurants, bars, and distributors regarding both federal and state laws and regulations governing the alcoholic beverage industry. In addition to practicing law, Drewry is a registered lobbyist in Indiana, representing one of the largest breweries in Indiana.

Drewry received her law degree from the Indiana University McKinney School of Law – Indianapolis and her bachelor’s degree from Purdue University. Prior to joining the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission Drewry was a law clerk to the Honorable Allen Sharp, Northern District of Indiana.

She is a member of the Marion County Republican Party Election Day Operations Committee, Indiana State Bar Association, Indianapolis Bar Association, Prosecutor’s Council, Heroes Foundation, Everybody Counts, Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish and Immaculate Heart of Mary PTO.