WEBSTER LAW PARTNERS TEAM
James L. Webster
Jim is Webster Law Partner's founding partner and has practiced exclusively within the beverage alcohol and hospitality industries for over 30 years. Jim has represented clients operating on all tiers of the beverage alcohol industry throughout the United States in trade practice, licensure, labeling, importing and Industry tax issues, mergers and acquisitions, franchise litigation and administrative matters. Jim is the former co-chairman of the American Bar Association Committee on Alcoholic Beverages, twice served as a member of the Executive Committee for the National Conference of State Liquor Administrators (“NCSLA”) and in 2018 was elected to the NCSLA’s Hall of Fame.
Gretchen concentrates her business transactional practice in the beverage alcohol and hospitality industries. She has been with Webster Law Partners, P.C. since 2006 and represents clients in all three tiers of the beverage alcohol industry, including manufacturers, importers, wholesalers and retailers. Her transactional practice includes mergers and acquisitions, real estate purchases, sales, and leases from both the landlord and tenant perspective. She is experienced in regulatory counseling for the industry, including federal, state and local licensing for all respective tiers of the industry.
Gretchen is admitted to the bar in Illinois and California. She received her B.A. degree from the University of Illinois in 1994 and her J.D. degree from the University of San Francisco in 1997. She was admitted to practice in Illinois in 1998 and in California in 2001.
Nicole focuses her practice on issues facing the alcohol beverage, hospitality, and cannabis industries, with a particular focus on civil litigation, state and federal governmental investigations, and regulatory compliance. Ms. Levesque represents clients across all tiers of the alcohol beverage industry, regularly appearing before the federal Alcohol & Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau and the Illinois Liquor Control Commission, among other state and local governing bodies. Ms. Levesque also works with clients in the growing cannabis space and has a working knowledge of the evolving legal and regulatory issues facing the industry.
Prior to joining Webster Law Partners in 2018, Ms. Levesque worked in-house at a prominent Fortune 500 insurance company and in the Litigation Group of a well-respected mid-size law firm. Ms. Levesque graduated from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in the top three of her class with specializations in Trial Advocacy and Health Law.
Terra is Webster Law Partner’s Director of Licensing. Over the last ten years, she has helped clients ranging from local businesses and start-ups to large national companies achieve their business goals by securing the necessary alcohol and business licenses. Acting as a liaison between the client and the respective government agencies, she oversees initial and ongoing licensing issues and works with clients thereafter to ensure that all changes business ownership or control and/or corporate restructuring is properly reported to the relevant authorities. Terra earned her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin in 1999 and her Paralegal Certificate from Milwaukee Area Technical College in 2007.
Erica Zuniga has been a Licensing Manager at Webster Law Partners since 2007, and in that time has developed strong relationships with regulators at both the State and local levels. Erica handles licensing projects and annual renewals for national and multi-national companies. Erica obtained her Paralegal Certificate in _______________.