Ryan Malkin, Principal Attorney

Ryan Malkin is an attorney focussing on alcohol beverage and cannabis law. He has extensive experience providing guidance to suppliers, wholesalers, retailers, agencies, and third parties within these regulated industries. As an attorney for a major global wine and spirits supplier, Ryan concentrated on supporting the sales and marketing teams to ensure compliance with rules and regulations in all 50 states.  Ryan utilized his experience and knowledge of the industry to help craft compliant programs to help global brands outperform others in their categories.

Prior to his work at Pernod, Ryan was an Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan.  Ryan investigated and prosecuted all manner of crimes, with an emphasis on long-term white collar crime investigations.  Ryan gained unprecedented skills and an understanding of state governmental agencies. 

Ryan’s passion for the alcohol industry began as a staff writer for SmartMoney. Ryan specialized in travel and hospitality writing, with an emphasis on the beverage alcohol industry, covering both brands and category trends. Ryan regularly interviewed executives, brand owners, producers, and industry experts to provide guidance to readers. Ryan also regularly interviewed nightclub and bar owners, designers, managers, and doormen to bring new ventures and cocktail trends to life, and giving Ryan insight into the bar and nightclub business. His articles have appeared in such publications as Beverage Media, Liquor.com, The Wall Street Journal, New York Post, DJTimes, and Esquire to name a few.

Ryan is a regular contributor to Artisan Spirit magazine and SevenFiftyDaily and is on the editorial board of the Florida Bar Journal. Ryan is also counsel to the American Craft Spirits Association.

In addition, Ryan is a regular speaker at industry conferences. He has presented at:

Tales of the Cocktail 2017: Acquisitions 101

Tales of the Cocktail 2016: How To Start A Brand Without A Distillery; How Small Brands Can Play Big

Tales of the Cocktail 2015: How To Go Broke Opening A Bar; Entering the US Market; Shakers & Movers Guide to Advancement

American Craft Spirits Association: 2015: How To Export US Craft Spirits; 2016: The Contract Bottling Relationship

American Distilling Institute 2014 Annual Conference: Alcohol Beverage Law 101

Golden State of Cocktails 2014: Alcohol Beverage Law 101 – Test Your Knowledge

MMJ Business Education Florida Seminar 2014: Legal Basics, Education and Discussion

New York Holiday Buying Show – 2014: The Police Came Now What

Tales of the Cocktail 2014: How To Go Broke Opening A Distillery

Ryan Malkin is a graduate of Brooklyn Law School and holds a BA from the University of Michigan. Ryan is licensed to practice law in Florida, New Jersey and New York.

Ryan is Of-Counsel at Hoban Law Group, the nation’s premier cannabis law firm.

Ryan can be reached at Ryan@malkin.law.


Ashley Hanke,  Attorney

Ashley Hanke is an attorney at Malkin Law P.A. practicing alcohol beverage and cannabis law. Ashley holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Legal Studies from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Juris Doctorate from Western New England University, School of Law.

She has had a long-standing interest in the alcohol and cannabis industry and her desire to pursue a career in the field was solidified after working on a vineyard in Tuscany. During this experience, she was involved in the wine making process from beginning to end and developed an understanding of the intricacies of the industry starting from the acquisition of real estate to carrying out agricultural activities, as well as, vinification, labeling, sales, and exportation.

Prior to joining Malkin Law P.A., Ashley worked as a Legal Director of the Fair Housing Justice Center in New York City where she oversaw a staff of fifteen and gained specialized expertise in compliance, land use and zoning, and local, state, and federal civil rights laws. Ashley supervised some of the most complex and cutting-edge investigations for the organization, many of which led to litigation under local, state, and federal fair housing laws.

Her practice at Malkin Law includes formula and label approvals, trademark and copyright clearances and registrations, compliance research, federal and state licensing, drafting and negotiating a wide variety of agreements, and other matters affecting the alcohol beverage industry.

Ashley can be reached at Ashley@malkin.law.


J. Gerard Legagneur, Jr.,   Of Counsel

J. Gerard Legagneur, Jr. practices transactional corporate law. He provides general corporate legal services, including contract, mergers and acquisitions, equity investment, entity formation, corporate governance, joint venture, bank finance, and escrow and paymaster services.

As a senior attorney at the Miami offices of both McDermott, Will & Emery LLP and White and Case, LLP, Mr. Legagneur served as both purchaser’s and seller’s counsel for numerous sophisticated corporate transactions. He has also written and consulted on legal publications for the Thomson Reuters Practical Law online portal. Mr. Legagneur received his law degree in 2001 from the Columbia University School of Law and earned his undergraduate degree in Economics (with Honors) from Harvard University in 1998. Mr. Legagneur is also a writer, political commentator and satirist; feel free to visit his blog and his Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn pages.

J. Gerard can be reached at Gerard@malkin.law. linkedinfb