Liz is a business advisor and disputes attorney whose practice concentrates on state and local regulatory, municipal, and licensing matters, business litigation, and business counseling. Liz advises a wide range of businesses, including large, international alcoholic beverage manufacturers and suppliers; U.S. and foreign boutique wineries; local breweries, hotels, restaurants, package stores, and brokers; and other small businesses, individuals, and nonprofits.
As a business advisor, Liz has a significant amount of experience advising her clients on strategic and tactical matters, including, for example, negotiating, drafting, and executing contracts, such as commercial lease agreements and purchase and sale agreements; obtaining a liquor license, common victualer license, and other state/municipal permits and approvals; and appearing before state courts, agencies, and local boards. In conjunction with that work, Liz advises clients on best practices so that they maintain compliance with laws and regulations. Additionally, alcoholic beverage licensees turn to Liz to defend them in actions brought under the Massachusetts franchise law, M.G.L. c. 138, § 25E.
In 2015, the Treasurer of the Commonwealth appointed Liz as a Commissioner of the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC), and Liz served in that role until 2019 when she founded Lashway Law LLC. In 2022, Lashway Law LLC became Of Counsel to Archstone Law Group. Prior to working for the ABCC, Liz spent nearly a decade as an Assistant City Solicitor for the City of Cambridge.
Liz was elected as a Wellesley Town Meeting Member in 2021 and was appointed as a Hearing Officer for the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers in 2018 and in 2021 for three-year terms each. She is a Steering Committee member of the Boston Bar Association’s Solo and Small Firm Committee. Liz also co-chairs Schofield Cares and is a co-founder of Wellesley Cares, both of which support families of Wellesley students in need. Liz lives in Wellesley with her husband and two children. She is a soccer coach, hockey mom, and long-distance runner (2002, 2008 Boston Marathons; numerous half marathons and road races).