John
B. Carlin Jr.

Food Service & Hospitality Industry Attorney John CarlinLiquor License Attorney John B. Carlin Jr.

Location: Metro Detroit, Michigan
Phone: 248-816-5000 (Ext. 1)
Fax: 248-816-5115
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John B. Carlin, Jr. concentrates his practice in the areas of business law and administrative and regulatory law, with significant emphasis on the representation of members of the food service and hospitality industry. Mr. Carlin has represented nearly all of the major multi unit food service operators doing business in Michigan for over 35 years and continues to also represent many independent on premise and off premise licensees in the State as well as many resorts, golf courses, both public and private, and hotel and motel operators throughout the State. Mr. Carlin graduated from St. Joseph’s College in Indiana in 1962 and obtained his JD degree from the University of Detroit School of Law in 1965. He was admitted to the State Bar of Michigan in 1966 and to the Florida Bar in 1972.

Publications

Author of numerous articles for Michigan Restaurateur, Michigan Beverage News and The Beverage Journal, publications serving the Michigan Restaurant Industry, and Tee Off Times, a newsletter serving the Michigan Golf Course Owners Association.

Areas of Practice

  • Business Law
  • Administrative and Regulatory Law

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 1966
  • Florida, 1972
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 1966
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan, 1966

Education

  • University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, Detroit, Michigan
    • J.D. – 1965
  • St Joseph’s College, Rensselaer, Indiana
    • B.A. – 1962

Classes/Seminars

  • Lecturer, “Liquor License Issues”, Public Corporation Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, 2007
  • Lecturer, Michigan Restaurant Association Trade Show, 2003
  • Lecturer, “Local Government and the Law in Michigan – Understanding the Legal Issues that Affect Local Government Decision Making”, Lorman Education Services, Dearborn, Michigan, 2003
  • Lecturer, “Eliminating Liability for Restaurant and Bar Owners/Operators”, Lorman Education Services, Detroit, Michigan, 2000
  • Moderator “Protecting the Assets – Management and Franchise Agreements”, American Law Firm Association/American Hotel and Motel Association Seminar, Washington, D.C., 1991
  • Lecturer, “Acquisition of a Small Business – The Purchase Agreement”, Oakland County Bar Association, Business Law Section, 1991
  • Lecturer, Michigan Golf Course Owners Association

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Michigan Restaurant Association, Member Board of Directors, 2002 – Present
  • Michigan Hotel, Motel & Resort Association
  • State Bar of Michigan, Business Law Section, Member, Alcoholic Beverage & Hospitality Law Practice Committee
  • The Florida Bar
  • Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys, Charter Member
  • American Bar Association, Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice Section, Member, Beverage Alcohol Practice Committee
  • Network of Alcohol Licensing Professionals, Charter Member
  • Oakland County Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

  • City of Orchard Lake Village, Charter Revision Commission, 1979 – 1981
  • City of Orchard Lake Village , Council Member, 1981 – 1987
  • City of Orchard Lake Village, Council Member, 1988 – 1994
  • City of Orchard Lake Village, Mayor, 1983 – 1984
  • City of Orchard Lake Village, Mayor, 1986 – 1987
  • City of Orchard Lake Village, Mayor, 1993 – 1994
  • Otsego Ski Club/Hidden Valley, Inc., Gaylord, Michigan, Member, Executive Committee, 1994 – Present
  • Otsego Ski Club/Hidden Valley, Inc., Gaylord, Michigan, Member, Liaison Committee, 1990 – Present
  • Otsego Ski Club/Hidden Valley, Inc., Gaylord, Michigan, Chairman, Liaison Committee, 1993 – 1994

Pro Bono Activities

  • Board of Governors, Orchard Lake Country Club – Orchard Lake, Michigan, 1998 – 2002
  • Secretary, Board of Governors, Orchard Lake Country Club – Orchard Lake, Michigan, 1999
  • Treasurer, Board of Governors, Orchard Lake Country Club – Orchard Lake, Michigan, 2000
  • Vice President, Orchard Lake Country Club – Orchard Lake, Michigan, 2001
  • President, Orchard Lake Country Club – Orchard Lake, Michigan, 2002
  • Board of Governors, Oakhurst Golf and Country Club – Clarkston, Michigan, 1998 – 2000
  • President, Oakhurst Golf and Country Club – Clarkston, Michigan, 1999
  • Board of Directors, The Beaumont Foundation of William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Michigan, 2002 – Present

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We Cover the State of Michigan

From our offices in Metro Detriot, Oakland County, Lansing and Gaylord, we cover the entire state of Michigan. We work with the Michigan Liquor Control Commission on a daily basis and have strong working relationships with state and local government decision makers around the state. We are also members in a national licensing network of liquor law firms, allowing us to provide representation to national and regional operators wishing to expand in other states.

Map of CEBH Hospitality Law Locations In Michigan
Gaylord Office
213 E. Main St. Second Floor
Gaylord, MI 49735
Phone: (989)688-5946
Fax: (989)688-5901
Lansing Office
6017 W. St. Joe Hwy, Suite 202
Lansing, MI 48917
Phone: (517)321-4616
Fax: (517)321-4642
Metro Detroit / Oakland County Office
2055 Orchard Lake Road
Sylvan Lake, MI 48320
Phone: (248)816-5000
Fax: (248)816-5115
Map of CEBH Law Hospitality Law Office Locations